Desert To Delta – Jewel Of Africa Safaris’ Most Recommended Destinations In Botswana
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Botswana. It is a unique and special place. Its array of cultures and vast range
of unspoilt natural wildlife sanctuaries are diverse and inviting for both
local and international tourists.
host to amazing and unique safari destinations. Places so unspoilt and vast,
with such an array of beautiful wildlife, that these special destinations can
really take your breath away. A visit to Africa is simply not complete without
including Botswana in your African safari itinerary.
article we take a closer look at a few of these unique safari destinations when visiting Botswana.
The Kalahari Desert
not be everybody’s cup of tea, but apart from the beautifully sculptured wind
shaped terracotta dunes, as a wildlife enthusiast, you can see an array of
desert creatures, designed to live in these harsh and hot conditions.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve
One of the world’s largest, is just one park
where you can see 320 species of mammals and birds alone. These include the
black-maned Kalahari Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Giraffe, Hyenas and Wild dogs,
to name just a few of the larger predators and the smaller game include the
famous Meerkats, Honey badgers, Porcupines and Aardvarks.
The Makgadikgadi Pans
vast open spaces and those who love to cruise for miles with 4 x 4 vehicles,
these amazing salt pans seem to go on forever with an indeterminable horizon
separating only flat earth and sky.
Pans are the dried up remains of a great lake in North-Eastern Botswana, but
safari lovers will enjoy sightings of Zebra, Wildebeest and their predators.
This is the place to stay where you’ll feel as far away from civilization as
you’ll ever be!
The Okavango Delta
of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with
wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of
the Kalahari Desert. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal
clear channels spread over the thirst lands of the Kalahari with their
papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and
out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga antelope are found in
this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the
floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo.
This is one
of Botswana’s premier safari destinations and certainly its most well-known.
Safari lovers prefer to visit in the dry season when the wildlife is
spectacular and bountiful. Apart from Rhino, who have been introduced to the
area, but not always seen, the remainder of Africa’s Big Five, the Lion, Leopard,
Elephant and Buffalo, are all easily spotted.
One of the
world’s largest deltas, the Okavango invites you to partake in a unique safari tour spotting
wildlife from the safety of a traditional canoe (better known as a ‘mokoro’)
and then camp overnight. This is a special experience and simply can’t be missed
when visiting Botswana on Safari.
Chobe National Park
National Park, one of the largest Parks in Botswana is situated in north-east
Botswana on the banks of the Chobe River.
Chobe National Park’s location close to some of the Africa’s most visited
natural attractions, this is an ideal safari destination. The Park is
biologically diverse and boasts with the highest concentration of elephants in
the world. The wildlife and scenery can be enjoyed during game drives, bush
walks and boat cruises which are on offer at all lodges and hotels.
home to the San Bushmen, with sections of marshland, flood plains, savannah, grassland, woodland and
two rivers, the Chobe National Park is incredibly diverse and makes up some of
the most spectacular scenery in the country. In 1957, Chobe became the first
National Park in Botswana and driving tours and boat excursions along the river
are both great ways to see the myriad of indigenous game that inhabit this
Here the Sans people have dwelled for over for over
30,000 years and their 4,500 cave paintings created thousands of years ago date
back as far as 500 AD. These hills have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site
due to this fascinating history and have, tongue in cheek, been named the
‘Louvre of the desert!’
Moremi Game Reserve
special reserve, considered one of the most beautiful in Africa, is part of the
Okavango Delta and consists
of a network of waterways surrounding two large islands.
Game Reserve can be found in the eastern section of the Okavango Delta and is
an excellent safari destination. The Reserve is one of the most spectacular
wildlife conservancies in Botswana, where an abundance of wildlife moves around
freely. The unique landscape features a unique mix of dry ecosystems as well as
wetlands. Among the roamers of the bush are the Big Five, but this is also a
hotspot for a profusion of unique bird species.
It is a pristine wilderness area, where birdlife is
prolific and varied, with over 500 species ranging from water birds to forest
dwellers. Elephants too are numerous, as well as buffalo, giraffe, lion,
leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, jackal and the full range of antelope.
Savuti Region – Chobe
Savuti is an area in Chobe National Park which borders the Okavango Delta to
the west and Chobe National Park to the east and is one of Africa’s best known
big game areas.
Famous for its mysterious Savuti Channel which flows and
subsides seemingly with no relation to rainfall, Savuti National Park is wild,
remote and full of exceptional wildlife spotting. It’s here you can see one of
Africa’s incredible migrations as thousands of zebras make the journey to the
Savuti for the lush grass during November and December and the dry season is a
great time to spot prides of lions hunting prey collecting around the shrinking
is famous for its predators, especially its resident lion and spotted hyena
game-viewing can be exceptional, and the wide variety of activities make this
an area not be missed. Savuti’s almost desert-like landscape with a scorching
sun, loose, hot sand, animals escaping the heat by clumping together in the
limited available shade, and elephants lining up to get to the water supply,
offer a wildlife experience you won’t easily forget.
Off the Beaten Track
places that are not that renowned, but exactly the kind of place one should
visit because they are so unique and special – and uncrowded and far away from
hordes of tourists.
The Nxai Pan National Park
Similar to Makgadikgadi Pans, Nxai Pan National
Park is part of the Kalahari ecosystem, yet completely different. Here you’ll
find stretches of grassy plains dotted with fossil beds and smaller pans that
attract an array of wildlife. Perhaps the focal point of Nxai Pan is the
waterhole, situated only two kilometres from the entrance gate, in the midst of
verdant plain dotted with a scattering of thorn trees.
Tucked away in this corner and within the mopane
woodland, its permanent residents are lion, giraffe, kudu, impala,
ostrich, fascinating birdlife and large numbers of springbok, together with a
good population of jackal, bat-eared fox and numerous smaller creatures.
Once the rains start, gemsbok, elephant and zebra
migrate to the area. At this time, zebra are present in thousands and drop
their young at Nxai Pan, rivalling the spectacle of the multitude of young
springbok, to further enhance game-viewing opportunities.
To the south of the reserve lies the Baines Baobabs
area, overlooking the Kudiakam Pans: impressive 1,000 years old baobab trees,
which have been celebrated by Victorian explorer and painter Thomas Baines in
Also in the
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park you will find Kubu Island, an extraordinarily
granite rock island engulfed by a white sea of salt!
an isolated granite outcrop, some 10m high and a kilometre long. It forms the
shape of a crescent, and its slopes are terraced with fossil beaches of
wave-rounded pebbles, providing startling evidence of the prehistoric lake's
former water levels. Crowned with an array of ancient, gnarled baobabs and
surrounded on three sides by a vast grey emptiness, Kubu has a unique
Now protected as a National monument, even this
seemingly barren, but unique place of stunning beauty, has an animal population
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
exclusive and known for its massive Elephant and Lion population, Linyanti is a
lesser known peaceful
private reserve that covers some 308,000 acres and can be found in the North
East of the country, within the Savuti region.
Always keen to introduce our clients to places off the
beaten track and ensure they also experience the ‘best of the best,’ Jewel of Africa Safaris have both pre-packaged
and tailor made excursions to Botswana and adjacent favoured destinations.
Visit the destinations page
of our website or contact
us to learn more and find out why we are favoured luxury Safari and guided
tour operators to the Southern African region. Botswana and many other great
destinations await you!