Botswana is home to several of Africa’s largest national parks, including the highest population of elephants, its safari destinations are high in both quantity and quality. From the bustling wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the vast stretches of the Kalahari Desert, a Botswana safari is a trip to remember.
With a remarkable number of wildlife reserves and natural wonders, it can be easy to forget the fascinating history of Botswana. With evidence suggesting the San people have lived there for 30,000 years, it has endured through the ages to emerge as a place waiting to be explored.
Botswana Safari Attractions
- Explore the vast and magnificent Okavango Delta. The delta is one of the largest in the world, and ranks as one of Africa’s seven natural wonders. Botswana has the world’s largest population of elephants, and this area is a common place to find them.
- Take a ride in a mokoro (traditional canoe) along the Okavango to the Moremi Game Reserves, the only section of the delta officially cordoned off for wildlife. Covering an area of 5,000km squared, it is home to all of the Big Five. Apart from that, it boasts a massive collection of rare animals like African wild dogs and Pel’s fishing owl.
- For an authentic Africa safari experience, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers some of the best game-viewing in Africa. Stretching across an area roughly the size of Denmark, it is Africa’s largest protected area. Naturally the security procedures are quite tight, so enquiring as early as possible is recommended.
- Step into Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to witness Africa’s first ever trans-frontier peace park. Boasting a terrific variety of predators, particularly cheetah, black maned lion and leopard. This historic site is an unforgettable place, and should be one of the first additions to your Botswana safari itinerary.
- Track the famous Kalahari elephants of Chobe National Park. Since its beginning as Botswana’s first ever national park, it has become one of the country’s finest safari holiday destinations. If you want to explore beyond borders, the nearby town of Kasane offers round-trips to the wonderful Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe/Zambia border.
Best time to visit
The dry season is from May to October, with June possibly the best for game-watching on your Botswana safari. The dry weather forces wildlife to congregate around permanent water sources, making them easier to spot. The nights can be quite chilly however, and it can be a good idea for you to pack extra clothes for any night/early morning activities.
The wet season from November to April can be very hot, particularly in October and November. The positives for enduring the heat is the chance to see newly born animals and migratory birds. The scenery also tends to be much greener during these months, making for fantastic safari holiday photos.The Okavango Delta floods between June and October, which can make a trip in a traditional mokoro canoe more rewarding, as the delta increases in size. Seeing one of Africa’s natural wonders at its peak is unforgettable. Due to this happening in the dry season, it will be teeming with wildlife.