Botswana encompasses striking salt pans, wide open desert landscapes and fertile floodplains which teem with game. It is difficult to say what the best time of year is for safari in Botswana, as every month offers something unique.
Northern Botswana offers superb wildlife-watching opportunities, making this one of southern Africa’s top wildlife safari destinations. The Moremi Game Reserve is known for its great diversity of plant, bird and animal life. The reserve contains approximately 20% of the Okavango Delta within its boundaries. The Okavango is home to a variety of bird species and an excellent birding destination. The network of waterways can be explored by boat or mokoro (dug out canoe).
The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. The park’s large elephant population, which mostly congregate around the Chobe River during the dry season, is best observed during a morning or afternoon boat cruise when large numbers of wildlife come to the river to drink. Guided game drives in open vehicles are also popular. These excursions can be arranged from any of the lodges in the Chobe area.
The privately owned Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli area in the South of Botswana provides visitors with the opportunity to go on guided walking safaris and night game drives, the latter are not permitted in other game reserves and parks in Botswana. These excursions enable visitors to get close to nature and witness rare and nocturnal creatures.
Botswana is home to most of the world’s San (Bushman) population. Visit the Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage site and considered a sacred site by the Bushmen. Known to have been inhabited for at least 100,000 years, these isolated hills are decorated with thousands of rock paintings. Venture into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a remote and virtually unexplored land, a refuge both for wildlife and the country’s remaining Bushmen. During rainy season a shallow sheet of water forms on the Makgadikgadi salt pans that attract thousands of birds, especially Flamingos.