Botswana is known for its wealth of wildlife.
With the population of just over two million in an area of France, vast swathes of pristine wilderness have been given over to fence free national parks and game reserves, allowing wildlife to roam as it pleases.
It is also known for its policy off high end , low volume tourism.
Experience here the stunning beauty of the world’s largest intact inland delta – the Okavango; second largest and unimaginable vastness of Central Kalahari Game Reserve; uninhabited pans and open grasslands of Makgadikgadi National Park and the abundance of wildlife in Chobe National Park
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
This is the largest conservation area in Botswana and second largest in the world. It is the best park that is remote and far from the crowds.
CKGR is home to Kalahari Black manned lions, free ranging cheetahs and wild dogs and also a best place to see honey badgers.
The wet season offer some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Botswana. During this time of the year- the fossil riverbeds and flatlands get filled up with hundreds of springboks, gemsbok and wildebeest and result in good concentrations and abundance of carnivores.
Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve
The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin and often referred to as the ‘jewel of the Kalahari. It is one of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world.
The delta is fed by the Okavango River which travels from the Angolan highlands, crosses into Botswana at Mohembo and the Caprivi, then later spills over the vast, fan shaped delta.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the main tourist attraction of Botswana and safe haven for several highly endangered species such as elephants, cheetah, white rhinoceros, wild dogs, lions and a wide range of birdlife.
Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi Pans
Located in the north eastern side of CKGR, the two parks are located next to each other. These are the two protected areas that still host one of the largest zebra and wildebeest migrations depending on the season.
The Boteti River which is an overflow of the Okavango Delta is located south eastern side of Makgadikgadi National Park. They are charisterised by big open salt pans and open grass.
The Makagakgadi Pans offer one of the world’s greatest ornithological spectacles. When full with water it becomes home to hundreds of Greater and Lesser Flamingos.
Savuti & Chobe National Parks
Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11 700sq km, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodlands. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary and undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers. It supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country.
Chobe is home to the largest concentration of elephants on earth, as well as large herds of zebra, Cape buffalo, giraffe and impala, and lesser observed antelope such as sable, roan and lechwe. Predators such as lion, African wild dog and leopard are also frequently seen along the river.
Savute Chanel boasts of chobe species and best known for its predators particularly lion, cheetah and hyena, of which there are large resident populations. When filled with water, it becomes the venue for thousands of migratory birds and animals, particularly herds of zebra.