Go to Botswana to experience magnificent landscapes and remarkable wildlife. Meet the mysterious San people (Bushmen) and get up close and personal with Mother Nature. Enjoy phenomenal wildlife viewing in the country’s pristine wilderness areas, where the sheer concentration of wildlife is astounding.
- Botswana’s Chobe National Park plays host to the largest elephant population in Africa.
- With most of its parks left unfenced, animals roam freely – affording visitors a unique experience synonymous with the golden era of pioneer safaris.
- The Kalahari Desert takes up 84% of Botswana.
- Gawp in awe at the stark beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pan, one of the world’s largest salt pans.
- Find the ideal accommodation that suits your pocket and style – from rustic tented camps to a luxurious safari lodge.
TOP 5 BOTSWANA HIGHLIGHTS
- CHOBE NATIONAL PARK Visit Chobe National Park and you will be rewarded with sensational elephant and lion sightings. The second largest park in Botswana, encompassing 11,700km2 of unspoiled terrain. Explore this vast wilderness on game drives, mokoro (canoe) and walking safaris.
- KALAHARI DESERT The endless azure skies make a stunning backdrop against the naked plains dotted with flora that support a variety of wildlife species. Daytime affords fantastic opportunities for photography, while night time provides a black blanket of stars making for a memorable stargazing experience.
- OKAVANGA DELTA Experience a different kind of safari aboard a mokoro (a traditional canoe). As you sail along this watery wonderland, many wildlife gems will be revealed, from the elusive Sitatunga antelope to bathing elephants. Enjoy explosive game drives and bush walks. The leopard sightings are off the charts!
- MOREMI GAME RESERVE The diverse habitats of Moremi Game Reserve harbour an eclectic variety of wildlife. Ranked among Africa’s most beautiful and game-rich protected areas, a safari here is as good as it gets. Birdlife is just as prolific and you can enjoy all this on walking safaris, game drives, boating trips and canoes.
- LINYATI AND SAVUTI Are you looking to experience intense wildlife viewing, whatever time of the year? Linyanti and Savuti is the ideal destination for compulsive safari enthusiasts – it doesn’t matter when you choose to visit, these ecosystems have dense animal volumes all year round.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING BOTSWANA
CURRENCY Pula (PUY) is the local currency. Most facilities accept US dollars, Pound sterling, Rand and Euro. Most credit cards are accepted in shops, petrol stations and restaurants.
CLIMATE Much of Botswana has a subtropical climate with little rainfall. Winter begins in April and ends in August and temperatures range from 2˚C – 25˚C. November till March is summer season with heavy rains falling in about January to February. Generally temperatures range anywhere between 26˚C – 38˚C
WHAT TO PACK If your safari is in winter, you will need a thick fleece or jacket for those early morning and evening game drives. You may want to consider gloves and a beanie too. Summer can be exceedingly hot, pack shorts, t-shirts, and if you burn easily, a long shirt is recommended. Make sure to include sunscreen as well as lightweight long-sleeved clothing for protection against mosquitoes at night and in the early morning. Don’t forget your costume as most lodges have swimming pools.
PEAK HOLIDAY SEASON April through to October are the best months to visit Botswana. The weather is great and game viewing is exceptional. Wildlife come out of hiding and congregate around watering holes.