Botswana is one of the most sustainable safari destinations, with exceptional wildlife viewing experiences
The Chobe River in Botswana is one of the most beautiful places to see elephants, with thousands gathering at any given time. Huge herds of buffalo also frequent this area and can be seen grazing on grasslands nearby or milling about playfully for tourists who want an up-close encounter! Sip on a cocktail while enjoying the mesmerizing sunset on a boat cruise on the Chobe River.
The crystal clear waters of the world's largest inland delta flow into the sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango Delta is one of the most incredible safari holiday destinations for wildlife viewing opportunities and adventure- seeking travelers alike.
It has everything you could want; game drives, bird watching tours and private reserves that vary depending on your interests - there's something for everyone here! One place I would recommend specifically for both animal lovers, as well as those who enjoy scenic landscapes is the Moremi Game Reserve . Abundant wildlife can be seen alongside beautifully preserved flora and fauna, some say this is a near-perfect natural habitat.
Botswana safaris are a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city
A Botswana safari is a fantastic experience in the cooler months of June to August. Game viewing can be excellent, there's little rain and malaria risk is lowest during this time period as well!
From the vast open spaces that offer endless spectacular views, to relaxing game drives among ancient trees- Africa will show you her beauty and splendor! Limitless adventures await
There are so many exciting possibilities when it comes to a Botswana safari. The country has an assortment of options that you can choose from, such as guided camping or a luxury trip.
A Botswana safari offers a wild African safari experience
If you are looking for an African safari destination that is as far away from the typical tourist destinations, then a Botswana safari tour
might be what you're after.
Just four and a half hours by air from Johannesburg and six and half hours from Cape Town! Botswana offers both adventure seekers with something to get their hearts pumping, and more sophisticated travelers who want luxury accommodations unique experinces in one of Africa's most pristine environments.
From exploring the dense Okavango Delta wilderness to relaxing on the shores of Lake Ngami, Botswana is home to some of the world's best wildlife reserves and national parks which offer a true immersion into nature. But if it’s big game viewing that you have your heart set on, then Botswana is your go-to destination.
Botswana Safari's conservation efforts to protect endangered species
The country of Botswana has taken innovative measures to preserve its natural habitats and the populations that depend on them. They have created a system of national parks, game reserves, and biological corridors that are connected by wildlife migration routes.
This allows for the free passage of animals without concern for human development in their path.
Some successful animal populations include lions, and other big cats, elephants, caracals, rhinos, hippopotami, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, bat-eared foxes and wild dogs which all live in abundance thanks to these efforts.
Botswana safari tours with the animals' best interests in mind
Do you need help preparing for your trip to Botswana - so you're not caught off guard by their behavior and actions
Learn how to observe wild animals without stressing them out. You'll get some great pictures, too!
Before embarking on your Botswana safari tour
, make sure you're prepared for the wildlife.
Here are some tips for observing wild animals while game viewing without invading their personal space:
A) Get close enough, but not too close. They still need their space.
B). Any predator activity should be approached with caution. They could be hunting or mating or fighting. Lion prides compete with hyena clans for food and territory. Some other animals also do this. Wild dog are tricky too.
C). Be quiet. Don't get over excited when you see them.
D). Stay in safari vehicles when game viewing and move around in a small group whilst on walking safaris. Listen to your safari guide at all times.
The Okavango Delta, an unparalleled Botswana safari
The Okavango Delta is a swampy area in Botswana. The delta is made up of water that comes from the Okavango River. That water evaporates and goes back into the ground, so it doesn't flow into any ocean or sea.
The floodplains spread out over 16,000km's in this wilderness. This creates amazing views that can be seen from space.
Moremi Game Reserve is in a private concession within the Okavango Delta. Most camps and intimate lodges are easily accessible by small planes, making your dream holiday even more memorable as you take in the scenes from above before landing at your safari destination.
Some camps offer private plunge pools so you are able to view wildlife from the privacy of your tent or lodge room. What is better than one safari lodge? Two, actually. The Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge combines with one of its sister camps, Nxabega to offer guests the safari experience of a lifetime!
Imagine what it feels like to live in harmony with nature. Your Botswana safari can be tailor made to make sure that you get much closer to the wildlife. This is an up close and personal experince.
Explore the beauty and wonder of Victoria Falls and Chobe in one trip
This is a one-of-a kind experience. Enjoy the natural beauty of Africa without ever leaving your boat on an upper Zambezi safari experience. The Zambezi River passes through dense hippo and crocodile pods while allowing guests to marvel at kingfishers along its banks.
One of the best reasons to visit Victoria Falls is to witness the Zambezi River, at two kilometers wide, drop 100 meters into a narrow chasm. Beside this natural wonder you can find paths winding through lush cloud forest where rainbows piece up into spray from affording jaw-dropping views into vortexes below!
African elephants are an endangered species that need to be protected.
Chobe National Park is a safe haven for the gentle giants and offers visitors of all interests plenty to do, including elephant watching safaris.
If you're after a wildlife experience, then Chobe national park will be one of your top destinations. Enjoy viewing plains game and predator activity on your late afternoon safaris.
Savuti is an intriguing, ever-changing area of Chobe National Park. In some places it's a dried up riverbed that stretches for miles; teeming with all sorts or wildlife. Savuti offers guests accommodation in tented camps and safari tents as well as luxury lodges.
Savuti Camp is one such tented camp that offers night drives and other great game experiences.
My Favorite way to explore Moremi is by mokoro or boat
Moremi Game Reserve
is in the most remote central and eastern part of the Okavango Delta, and includes Chief's Island, named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe. The area offers some of the best game viewing on a Botswana safari.
Moremi Game Reserve boasts one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet with some of Africa's largest populations of wild dog, lion, buffalo, hyena and other wildlife, making this area an agreeable addition to any Botswana safari tour.
Moremi is a collection of lily-covered wetlands, sparkling floodplains and open grassland. The montage offers rich pickings for wildlife viewing. The best time to visit is from June until September, which is the dry season and a time with cool nights in Botswana. The Okavango Delta is one of the few remaining water sources at this time of the year and the water becomes a magnet for wildlife in these dry conditions.
If you are looking for an adventure on your safari in Botswana that will take your breath away, then motorboating in Moremi is just what the doctor ordered. You can explore these lakes and rivers with all sorts of different boats; from Mokoro trips to larger vessels such as Pontoons or Double Decker Boats. It's always exciting when we find ourselves cruising by some wildlife.
The late afternoon is perfect for game viewing because that's when the wildlife become more active due to the coolness of the night.
The best time to visit
Game viewing in Botswana can be excellent during the dry winter months of May to October when animals are concentrated at water sources. Safari experts regard June-August as a good time for safaris because there is little rain and malaria risk decreases greatly.
Botswana's climate is the same as throughout semi-tropical Africa. In Botswana, there are only two seasons - a rainy season and dry season. The Best Time to Visit Botswana is coupled with animal movements that tie in with the seasons. Keep them in mind when you're planning your trip.
If you are a photography enthusiast, witnessing the zebra and wildebeest migration and large flocks of migratory birds such as flamingos in the Makgadikgadi salt pans can be enjoyed in the wet season, from January to March.
National Parks and Game reserves of Botswana
The Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Moremi Game Reserve is the first protected reserve of Africa's Okavango Delta and was named after Chief Moremi. Now, it’s one of the world's most popular destinations for travelers who want to see elephants in their natural habitats as well wild dogs and other wildlife.
Tented camps offer guests a luxurious safari experience.
The Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta is one of the main reasons visitors come to Africa. The region offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities available on earth, offering an exclusive safari experience that includes walking safaris and mokoro trips.
Some camps in the Okavango Delta include Chief's Camp, Camp Okavango, Mombo Camp, Duba Plains Camp and Baines camp
The Chobe National Park, Botswana
The Chobe River is magical, seemingly flowing in both directions, and it's best explored by boat or on game drives.
Known as the place of elephants, a world without borders. The Chobe National Park covers about 11700 km² of northern Kalahari Desert which is known to be one vast uninhabited Wilderness filled with mysteries waiting for discovery at every turn!
The animals of Chobe National Park are an intricate part the ecosystem. Their migratory patterns are determined by rain and food availability. The best way to explore this area would be with a mobile safari.
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Chobe Game Lodge and Kaza Safari Lodge offer some of the finest accomodation options to guests.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers an iconic Botswana safari destination and spans 52,800 sq kms. The harsh, sprawling terrain in this area has been molded by centuries worth or sandstone which created fossilized river valleys like Deception Valley and Passarge Valley.
Basic campsites dot the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offering incredible game viewing opportunities. An abundance of giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs can be seen.
This iconic game reserve in Botswana is a haven for free-roaming wild lions. There are no more than 20 000 left on the continent, this area houses 150 to 300 of them!
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
The Makgadikgadi Pans offers one of the best Botswana safaris.
There are many places to explore on this vast, hard terrain. You can go walking or biking if you have the time and energy; however, nothing beats taking off with your quad bike for an adventure into uncharted territory!
This African destination offers the chance to explore and discover an untouched land, with salt pans that stretch as far as the eye can see. The great Makgadikgadi Pans are nothing but salt: vestiges of a super lake that once covered much if not all central Botswana.
Salt pans can be found within this vast desert, while others stand at the size and shape of small duck ponds, some are huge. These pans are known for changing colors in different light, shimmering gold after good rains or reflecting deep blue when it’s cloudy.
The Makgadikgadi National Park is a treasure trove for those who want to experience two contrasting areas in Africa. The western fringes of the pans are protected within this park, which can also be accessed from Central Pans or Boteti River.
One of the most well known camps in the area is Jack's camp, which received a full make over and reopened in 2021. Other tented camps in the area include Meno A Kwenoa Tented Camp and Nxai Pan Camp.
The Kalahari is a magical place. You may also see nothing but earth’s curvature, vast herds of plains game and migratory birds following migration routes across the open plains.
Make your safari in Botswana memorable
One thing is certain. When you visit Botswana, you will leave with a warmth and glow in your heart that only Africa can bring. Unique and unforgettable tailor made Botswana safari holidays await. Let me use my passion for this beautiful continent, Africa and my intimate knowledge of Botswana, to help you decide that it is time to visit Botswana.