Botswana - Highlights



Botswana
is dominated by the dry Kalahari Desert 'thirst land'. The landscape ranges from wide, open savannah scrub land and vast salt-pans to the unique inland waterways of the Okavango Delta. Much of Botswana is remote and remains accessible to only a small number of visitors, thus making the country an ideal wilderness experience.

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Why visit Botswana?

There is no "best time" to visit Botswana as the different seasons all offer completely different experiences!

  • Botswana is easily accessible from Johannesburg, Windhoek and Victoria Falls
  • Africa’s most beautiful subtropical wilderness reserves; teeming with game
  • 17% of Botswana is pristine national reserves
  • It’s a land of awesome contrasts – from the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert to the crystal-clear waters of the world’s largest inland delta – the Okavango
  • The unique ecology of the Okavango Delta where wildlife and birds can be viewed from close quarters in a mokoro (dug out canoe), vehicle or on foot
  • The Linyanti and Savuti areas feature an annual summer migration of zebra and other grazing antelope
  • Chobe National Park – A superb wildlife reserve which has the largest elephant and buffalo populations in Africa, set amongst riverine vegetation with the Chobe River as a backdrop
  • The 54 600-square kilometre Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is the largest reserve in Botswana. The northern 'Deception Valley' being the favourite destination.
  • Makgadikgadi Pans – as the last remnants of a lake, which was once the largest in Africa, these Salt Pans are dotted with one-time islands and ancient Baobab trees.
  • Tuli Block – A fascinating study of ancient archaeological sites, geology, ecology and history coupled with exceptional game viewing
  • Birding – In addition to a large number of migratory and resident species, Botswana has a large number of raptors and aquatic dwellers
  • Excellent and exciting angling/fishing
  • Cultural History – The San People (Bushmen) still live their timeless way of life in various parts of this country and their ancient rock art is widespread
  • San rock paintings can be seen in certain areas, including Tsodilo Hills - recently proclaimed a World Heritage Site, - and featuring 3 500 paintings and an abundance of magnificent San rock art.

Botswana is a magnificent country with many wonderful highlights for the intrepid traveller.

Botswana is a land of staggering beauty with a small population; it is ideally located in the heart of Southern Africa. It is bordered in the north and west by Namibia, in the east by Zimbabwe and South Africa is its southern neighbour.

Its beauty lies in its wilderness, wildlife and cultural diversity. From the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango Delta also known as the 'jewel of the Kalahari' with its variety of wildlife and aquatic birds to the large herds of elephant and buffalo in the Chobe National Park to the dry savannah of the Savuti Channel with its ever present predators and migrating zebra. Its topography consists almost entirely of the Kalahari Basin although there are some granite intrusions in the eastern and southern part of the country.

Visitors are guaranteed a wonderfully unique safari adventure!

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