Botswana is a southern African nation surrounded by Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is one of Africa’s most popular inland tourist destination. Botswana is one of the countries with the world’s smallest communities despite being a large country.
Over seventy percent of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert which is the largest desert in southern Africa. Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta which provides a tranquil haven for an abundance of African wildlife to thrive. Other highlights in Botswana include the impressive Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season, the Savuti plains, which host large prides of lions and the Tsodilo Hills, where 4500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.
Botswana is a unique country with a beautiful landscape like no other. From desert to delta, bushveld to grasslands, savannas to salt pans, Botswana is a great joy to explore and offers a world of adventure to all tourists.
For any tourist visiting Botswana, it is a must to visit the Okavango Delta. You will have an endless list of activities to take part in and make the most of your time in this wonderful paradise. Activities that can be done here are boat trips, canoeing, walking safaris and fly-overs amongst others. With the Okavango being a seasonal delta, you will experience different environments during the summer and winter months.
MOREMI GAME RESERVE
Moremi Game Reserve was proclaimed in 1963 and incorporates a large part of the Okavango Delta. Moremi Game Reserve is 5 000 square kilometers and is made up of flood plains, woodlands, thick forests, savanna grasslands and myriad waterways surrounding thousands of islands. When the first rains arrive in November/December, wildlife disperses, especially breeding herds of elephant that move into the forets where natural water holes fill up with rain. Summertime is the height of baby season and the plains abound with newborn plains game, trotting alongside their parents.
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
The Chobe National Park is situated in the north west of Botswana and is the country’s most beautiful and popular nature and game reserve. It is the third largest park in Botswana after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Kgalagkadi Transfrontier Park, and it holds the largest concentration of wildlife in Africa.
The Chobe National Park is a true rarity and an adventurer’s paradise. It can be divided up into the Serondela area, Savuti Marsh area, the Linyanti Marsh and the dry hinterland. You will be able to see a variety of wild animals and bird life wherever you go in the park. There is an incredibly large population of elephants and tours through the park will show you some of the parks 120 000 elephants.
The Makgadikgadi pans are all that is left of an enormous ancient lake that was once fed by the Okavango, Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, running south eastwards via the Limpopo River into the Indian Ocean.
The Makgadikgadi characterized by inhospitable slat pans stretching as far as the eye can see, rocky granite islands and open grasslands that spring to life in the wet season is an extraordinary region of Botswana. The plains surrounding the saltpans are scattered with ostrich, zebra, springbok and oryx. There are beautiful clusters of palm trees and baobabs that have stood for millions of years.