African Wildlife Safari – Botswana Highlights

Botswana is one of the worlds finest tourist destinations in Africa for unique scenery and wildlife viewing.

Okavango Delta – The Okavango River flows into the Kalahari Desert to form an enchating lush wetland of lagoons and channels, palm fringed islands and fertile floodplains. The Big Five are prolific in this area as well as an amazing array of wildlife. Here you can also find the more rare animals such as red lechwe, sitatunga, wild dogs and wattled crane. The best time for game viewing is during May to October when animal life is concentrated along the deltas flooded areas. Mekoro (local dugout canoe) is an ideal way to view game on the delta banks and numerous waterways.

Moremi Game Reserve showcases floodplains, lagoons, acacia forest and mopane woodland along with a huge diversity of animal and plant life. The best time for game viewing is July to October, during the dry season when animals move to the permanent water sources.

Chobe National Park – Covering 10 566 square kilometres/4079 square miles, this park has one of the largest concentration of game in Africa. Four different ecosystems can be found here including Linyanti Swamps, the Savuti Marsh, the dense forests of the Chobe Rives and lush savanna grasslands of Serondela.

Linyanti Game Reserve – Renowned for its predators including the African wild dog, this private reserve is home to great concentrations of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, impala and roan antelope who congregate along the river during the dry season. The Kwando and Linyanti rivers flow into a 900 square kilometre/347 square miles flood plain known as the Linyanti marshes.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park – incorporates some of the largest salt salt pans in the world covering 16 000 square kilometres/6177square miles. These pans are spectacular during the dry and wet season. During the rains from November until March, these pans transform into vast areas of water which attract a multitude of birds and animals. Large breeding flocks of flamingo congregate here and the rainy season triggers dramatic migrations of zebra and wildebeest to the area. The pans  are home to ancient towering Baobab trees (known as the upside down tree) and palm groves. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is home to four distinct habitats of salt pans, grassland, scrubland and riverine woodland. Wildlife here includes black-maned Kalahari lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, hyaena, springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck and hippo

Tuli Block – Known as “The Land of the Giants”, Tuli encorporates a number of game reserves and is more than 350km long and between 10km to 20km wide. Wildlife that can be seen here includes elephant, kudu, impala, wildebeest, giraffe, lion, zebra, cheetah, waterbuck, eland, caracal, aardwolf, hyaena and jackal including over 350 species of birds. The terrain is quite different to anywhere else in botswana with rugged rocky terrain and outcrops, a network of dry riverbeds and larger rivers with impressive Mashatu and Fever trees lining the banks.

Wildlife and tourism employs about 45% of all the people who live in northern Botswana and nearly 40% of the country as been set aside as private reserves and national parks. The country is focused on delivering the finest possible, authentic wildlife experience. A Botswana Safari is unique and will be remembered for many years.

Weather: Subtropical climate with hot, humid, wet summers (September to April) and warm to cool, dry winters (May to August). Daytime summer temperatures may rise above 35ºC/95ºF, and winter nights rarely drop below 10ºC/50ºF.