Botswana Safaris offer a fabulous way for you to enjoy a unique vacation away from the main drag of the busy Kruger National Park in South Africa. Situated to the north west of Pretoria, Botswana safari holidays tend to focus around the large desert parks – the Kalahari Desert covers a large proportion of Botswana, consisting of sandy soil, grasslands and wooded savannah, perfect for game, big cats and a wide variety of other animals.
Botswana safaris involve visits to the amazing lunar-style landscapes of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the Chonbe National Park, the wetlands of the Okavango Delta and Tuli in the eastern area of Botswana, noted for its geology and mineral wealth. The National Parks of Botswana tend to be more spectacular than most other in Africa, with wild landscapes and a whole host of animals for you to see and many different safari and Botswana tour options for you to enjoy.
The Okavango Delta in particular is extremely popular, offering fabulous wetlands and waterways where you can view crocodiles, hippos, a wonderful selection of birds and also the ‘Big Five’, many of which are tracking the game that drink from the waterholes here. You can also enjoy a unique guided tour on a traditional dugout canoe known as a mokoro, used by locals for transportation, where you get right up close to some of these amazing creatures in the company of an experienced ‘poler’ who will guide you and explain the sights.
Botswana is an untamed wilderness of amazing landscapes that is full of a wide variety of African wildlife, and here are some suggestions on how to make the best of your visit here:
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve
This is semi-desert reserve, typical of the Botswana countryside offering sightings of game in their natural settings traditional of what most people expect from Botswana safaris.
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
This park is unspoiled and very wild, and due its remote location it is available only by those properly equipped for it. If you want to experience the true nature of the Kalahari wilderness, then a guided trip to the Gemsbok is a must.
Makgadikgadi National Park
The landscape here offers an insight into the ephemeral nature of ecological environments, and how they can change quickly over time changing, not only the environment, but also the wildlife that depends on it. The salt pans, baobab trees and numerous islands offer a sight of what remains of what was at one time the largest lake in Africa – once larger than Lake Victoria, but now no more.
Chobe National Park
The Chobe offers the largest population of elephants in the world and tropical vegetation that is promoted by a higher than average rainfall here than for the country in general. This is a fabulous wildlife reserve offering magnificent view of elephant in their own natural habitat.
If you love birds, then Botswana safaris offer a unique sight of many rare birds, both resident and migratory, and a wonderful selection of birds of prey and spectacular raptors.
A Botswana safari is a fabulous way to get to know this beautiful country that is often overlooked by those that cannot see past South Africa. You will also visit villages and become acquainted with a rich variety of tribal cultures and their world-famous crafts, including the basketry for which Botswana is renowned. Handmade jewellery and wood and stone carvings are also must-have souvenirs to take home.
You can visit Gaborone, the country’s capital, and one of Africa’s newest and fastest-growing cities offering everything you would expect of a modern metropolis. The National Museum and Art Gallery and the National Botanical Garden must not be missed, and the nightlife is great – try the Bull and Bush for some great inexpensive ribs, where you can shoot some pool and enjoy a beer. Botswana safaris or tours offer the trip of lifetime, and a holiday that will remain with you for your entire life.