Situated in the centre of Southern Africa, landlocked Botswana has Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe as its neighbours. Botswana is one of the top African safari destinations with some of the most pristine wilderness parks on the continent. Nearly a fifth of its territory is protected in National Parks.
Highlights during any trip to Botswana include:
- The Okavango Delta – is considered to be one of the most incredible wilderness sanctuaries in Africa. It is one of the largest inland delta systems in the world, an area of 16000km2 (6000sq.miles) filled with water channels, lagoons and islands. Each year, floodwaters flow from their catchment area in the highlands of central Africa, in to the Delta to create the miracle which is the Okavango. This unique area sustains a huge diversity of fauna and flora so that game viewing is excellent right throughout the year.
- The Linyanti – to the north-east of the Okavango Delta, lies the Chobe, Selinda and Linyanti areas. The Linyanti is an essential complement to an Okavango visit. The area is home to several unique features, the Savute channel, a river in its own right attracting abundant wildlife. Seasonal zebra and elephant migrations add further drama and the Linyanti expanse is the favoured hunting ground for healthy predators.
- The Central Kalahari – south of the Okavango Delta and dominating central Botswana, the 5 million hectare (12 million acre) Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the biggest protected areas in Africa. Its diverse wildlife and wonderful scenery offers an amazing contrast to the rest of the country. The Kalahari Desert is the largest unbroken stretch of sand in the world and at its core is the Central Kalahari Game reserve. This area is home to a fascinating spectrum of very different plants and animals that have successfully adapted to living in such a harsh environment.
- The Linyanti Concession – The 125 000 hectare (308 000acre) Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Parks western boundary is an enormous wildlife-rich area with an unrivalled atmosphere of remoteness and space.
- Chobe National Park – is located in Botswana’s North West District. The Chobe River forms the Park’s northern border and Zimbabwe its Eastern border. Being only 70 km from the Victoria Falls and teaming with elephant, hippo and a variety of other game and birdlife, this park makes a wonderful add on to a Victoria Falls visit. Here one is able to view game by vehicle and by boat and is a photographers dream.
- The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – Lying southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, is an area of shimmering white salt pans that stretch endlessly to the horizon. These pans are the relics of Africas super-lake that covered the Kalahari several million years ago. Around the fringes, coarse grasses blow in the wind, ancient baobabs reach to the sky and vultures soar on the thermals. When the rains arrive, a dramatic change takes place. Pink clouds of flamingo come to feed, vast herds of zebra and wildebeest are found on the savannah and the sound of frogs fill the air
Best time to travel:
- April and May are lovely months i.e. not too hot or cold with clear skies and green landscapes.
- June to August the night time temperatures can be close to freezing but the days are warm and clear. These months are peak season for game viewing as the land is dry so the animals congregate around the few available water sources.
- September and October are hot and dry which is good for big game viewing but October can become very hot.
- November is difficult to predict as it can be a continuation of October’s heat or it can be cooled by the first rains.
- December to March is the rainy season and the best time for bird watchers.