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Botswana is arguably the world's best safari destination. Here you will find some of Africa's largest and wildest game reserves with landscapes ranging from semi-desert to forest; from dry savannas to watery swamps, all teeming with wildlife. There are hundreds of safari lodges in Botswana, most situated in prime safari areas and priced in US$.
* Botswana Highlights
- ∞Wild, remote places
- ∞Safaris in beautiful, unspoilt wilderness areas
- ∞Big game (excluding rhino in most areas)
- ∞Excellent game viewing
- ∞Friendly, welcoming people
Botswana is famous for its huge herds of game, especially elephants, which congregate at the main water sources in the dry season. The top safari destinations in Botswana include:
- Okavango Delta
- Moremi Game Reserve
- Chobe Game Reserve (including Savute)
- Kwando and Linyanti regions
- Makgadikgadi Pans
It's a very popular safari destination, with good reason. It's not cheap - most lodges charge in US$ - but the game viewing and safari experience in Botswana are hard to beat.
Very Seasonal Destination
The dry and wet season cycles have a big impact , and it is worth researching the seasons before you visit. The Okavango Delta is most affected by the annual ebb and rise of water levels which rely on rainfall levels far away (Angola). In other areas, local rainfall dictates conditions. During the dry season, smaller pans and waterholes dry up and large numbers of animals congregate at the remaining water sources and rivers, like the Boteti River, the Savute channel, the Kwando and Linyanti Rivers and, of course, the Chobe River.
In the rainy season, water and grazing is abundant and the wildlilfe spread out over large areas, making game viewing more difficult. It's also one of the most beautiful seasons: young animals abound, the bush is lush and green and the migratory birds are here in numbers. Many plants are in bloom and there are dramatic cloud formations and thunderstorms.
Lodge Location an Important Factor
Many lodges are situated in the national parks and official reserves, where off-road driving is not allowed and no bush walks and night drives are offered. Other lodges are built on private land and concession areas which offer off-road driving, bush walks and night drives with spotlights.
Land and Water-based Game Viewing
Botswana, particularly its northern rivers, offers the best boat-based game viewing in the world. It's a unique and fascinating experience to quietly drift close to a herd of elephants drinking on the river bank, where you get an unhindered view of these magnificent animals as they drink, splash and spray, only meters away.
Another unique experience is floating down a palm-lined channel in the Okavango Delta in a mokoro with your own poler, getting up close to hippos, herons and kingfishers in the nearby reeds. The Okavango Delta has to be one of the top birding spots in Africa.
You can reach Botswana by road from Victoria Falls, or by air from Maun, Kasane and Victoria Falls. Some lodges can only be reached by air, and charter flights get you from one lodge to the next.
Best Times to Visit
Please have a look at Botswana's safari calendar for more information on its climate and what to expect during different times of the year.
When to visit Botswana Know when is good to go…
A safari travel calendar to help you decide when to visit Botswana, with seasonal highlights.
When to visit Botswana
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