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Botswana is a safari destination like no other in Africa. From the vast open spaces of the Magkadigkadi and Nxai Pans to the close woodlands of the Linyanti and Savute regions of the Chobe National Park. The variety of scenery and wildlife is exceptional.
In between lies one of the most unique safari locations in Africa – the Okavango Delta. A region of seasonal flood plains where the water that flows annually from the Angola highlands shapes the whole landscape and safari experience.
These waters arrive around May time and transform the Okavango Delta into a glittering landscape of palm fringed islands separated by crystal clear water. The delta offers great game viewing year round but for five months the delta teems with wildlife and the opportunity to explore these unique waterways by boat is a must. The Okavango Delta needs to be on every wildlife lovers bucket list.
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For a unique and authentic safari, with some of the most amazing views and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitats, Botswana is the place to visit.
The Okavango Delta is a pristine wildlife area criss-crossed by water channels during the annual flood (usually mid May to early October) creating islands from slight high ground. The wildlife viewing although good year round is excellent in this season.
Botswana is also home to some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa, which can be seen in the Chobe National Park. You’ll see a variety of animals in the Chobe River area including crocodiles, hippos and over 400 different types of birds.
Victoria Falls is only a short distance across the border from Chobe National Park, and will make for a spectacular day trip.
If you want to witness the amazing migration of zebras and antelope, then visiting the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in March/April; won’t disappoint you. For a chance to see the ‘Big Five’ then the Moremi Game Reserve is the place for you.
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MORE ABOUT BOTSWANA
A shimmering green and blue wetland, the Okavango Delta, is considered by many to be Africa’s most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuary. It is the result of a subtle shift in tectonics, that rerouted major waterways and created the only delta in the world that does not flow into the sea. Instead draining into the desert many hundreds of miles from the Mozambique coast.
Every year, beginning in May, the floodwaters flow almost 1,000 miles from the Angolan Highlands into Botswana, bringing new life to the region. The arrival of the floodwaters adds to the natural rains that fall in Botswana from December to March. Inundating the lower lying ground and creating seasonal waterways interspersed with palm topped islands.
Flying over the delta is a surreal experience. Flat as far as the eye can see, the shimmering blue of the waterlogged plains is broken by raised tree covered islands banded by thick green reeds. Overall the effect is artistic swirls and circles.
But Botswana is more than just the Okavango Delta and Kalahari. There are also many other varied habitats ranging from marshes and riverine forests to dry woodlands and grassland of the Linyanti and Selinda. As well as the well known Chobe National Park, which stretches north-eastwards to the junction of Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Another must visit location is the Magkadigkadi and Nxai Pans, formed from dried up ‘super lakes’. Again caused by the shift in plate tectonics, these pans see the longest annual migration of wildlife outside Tanzania’s Great Migration. With thousands of zebra moving from the far north of the country.
An easy trip over the border is to Victoria Falls. The falls boasts the largest unbroken curtain of water in the world. The falls experience peak flow in April and May, when the noise and spray can be spectacular but quite overwhelming. It’s lowest flow is in November/December when you can walk across the top of the falls or bathe in the Devil’s Pool, just yards from the edge.
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The climate of Botswana varies depending upon where you’re looking to stay. The closer you are to Okavango, the cooler it will be due to the large amount of water. However, the Kalahari and the surrounding area is much more extreme with it being very hot during the day and much colder at night.
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NEED TO KNOW
When travelling anywhere new it’s good to understand a little bit more about your destination. Below are a few additional details about Botswana.
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If you head south from the Okavango Delta a wilderness experience awaits, as you head into the heart of the Kalahari Desert. From above its flat, featureless surface appears in places as a barren moonscape. In fact it is not truly a desert but an arid savannah with diverse ecosystems at its edge. Home to a diverse range of plants and animals that have successfully adapted to the harsh environment.
To the north-east, grass and palm covered islands and isolated baobab trees bound the shores of an ancient “superlake” known as the Makgadigadi Pans. These stretch endlessly, blinding white and as flat as a board to the ruler straight horizon. Not a creature lives here in the dry season, but the pans come to life in February as the rains arrive. Transforming the region into one of the most important wetland sites in Africa. Huge herds of zebra and gigantic flocks of greater and less flamingos arrive.
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