DESTINATION: Botswana

Botswana a country of contrasting landscapes, dominated by the parched Kalahari Desert the country has an immense biodiversity thanks to the Chobe and Okavango Rivers and the Okavango Delta. Botswana with its many national parks and game reserves is a top safari destinations and this landlocked country is a wildlife sensation. From the waters for the Chobe River and Chobe National, the channels, islands and lagoons of the in Okavango Delta and the wilds of the Kalahari. Botswana diverse landscapes and large portion of land devoted to national park, reserves and wildlife areas allow animals to move wild and free. This is a destination best explored on land and water.

Highlights of Botswana

Chobe National Park & Moremi Game Reserve

The Chobe National Park covers just over 11 700square kilometres and was established in 1968. With the Chobe River as its northern boundary and encompassing woodlands, grass plains, floodplains and woodlands this National park supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unpanelled anywhere else in the country. Famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo it also has many other species including, waterbuck, lechwe, puku, giraffe, kudu, roan, sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons and a good number of the predators including lion, leopard, hyena, honey badger, civet and jackal. Game viewing is best done with a knowledgeable local guide and a 4×4 safari vehicle. A must though is an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River where you can apricate the diverse wildlife from a different perspective with elephants often swimming across the river.

The Moremi Game Reserve is another epic natural wonder to explore while in Botswana. It is the first reserve established by the local people in Africa. It was established in 1963 by the Batawana people under the leadership of the deceased Chief Moremi III’s wife. It is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta and offers spectacular game viewing of both herbivores and carnivores with over 400 bird species identified and is a big 5 reserve having had rhino reintroduced.

Okavango Delta

This vast inland Delta is fed by the Okavango River which finds its origins deep in the country of Angola and is the third largest river in Southern Africa. The river feeds deep into the Kalahari basin creating this fan shaped natural paradise. With its meandering waterways and palm fringed islands lush and vegetation this is an area incredibly rich in wildlife and this unique ecosystem is a pleasure to explore. The major species her are  elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, giraffe, zebra, hippo, crocodile, rhino, red lechwe, waterbuck, reedbuck, duiker, impala, kudu, steenbok, wildebeest, hartebeest, sable, roan, tsessebe, and a huge diversity of bird life.

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

These pans are the largest in the world covering an area of 16 000 square kilometres and an awe-inspiring site. In the dry this vast dry landscape of white is something to behold but when the rains come it is turned int a shallow lake which attracts large numbers of Zebra and other plains game and sees the second biggest annual migration in Africa after the Serengeti/ Masai Mara immigration. The bird life is also prolific with huge flocks of flamingos who come here to breed and feed in the shallow waters. The sense of space and nothingness provide and incredible atmosphere which are sure to be remembered.

Journeys Featuring Botswana

A epic 31-day guided self-drive tagalong adventure from Cape Town to Victoria Falls via South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

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