On Safari in Botswana…

Botswana is without a doubt one of Africa’s best safari destinations. This stunning country offers phenomenal wildlife and a deep respect for the environment and conservation. Explore sights such as the breathtaking Okavango Delta and roaming herds of elephant in Chobe National Park. However, Botswana has plenty more to offer. Read on to find out 5 great reasons why we love Botswana, and you will to!

Exceptional Wildlife

Botswana offers incredible wildlife sightings. Expect to see the famous lion prides of Savute and the highest concentration of elephants in Africa on the Chobe Riverfront. There is an abundance of plains game and over 500 bird species.

Each area in Botswana offers something different. Chobe is known for its large elephant herds as well as its high populations of buffalo, antelope and hippo. Visit Moremi Game Reserve to discover the incredible birdlife of Botswana. Also witness a breathtaking lunar landscape in the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Botswana is also a hub for rare species, namely the wild dog. In addition, you can also find the black-maned Kalahari lion, sitatunga, puku and red lechwe antelope, brown hyena, African skimmer and aardvark to name a few.

 Commitment to Conservation

Botswana is one of the few countries that actually goes above and beyond to ensure the future of its wildlife. The country’s dedication to conservation of environment, wildlife and cultural heritage make it a leader in eco-tourism across Africa.

 The Botswana tourism industry operates a high cost – low impact operation. This ensures the wilderness remains pristine and exclusive. Paying a slightly higher price ensures that the country’s wildlife is still there in the future and keep the national parks crowd free.

Walking Safaris

One of the many highlights of a trip to Botswana is a walking safari. In many countries you can’t actually walk on the ground due to safety regulations, so this experience really makes Botswana special. There’s nothing like exploring the African bush on foot with knowledgeable guide. You’ll traverse various environments, from bushland savannah to the wide salt pans.

Guided walks in the Kalahari region are often a highlight for many visitors to Botswana. Such walks focus on the more delicate side of the environment such as local flora, the Bushman culture and the unique uses for everything you see. The walks draw attention to the diverse landscape and provide an excellent overall viewpoint of a traditional lifestyle in Botswana.

 Contrasting Landscapes

Another thing that makes Botswana unique is its uncommon combination of desert, delta and plains. This diversity in landscape also means diversity in wildlife as well.

Wherever you go, you’re guaranteed an unparalleled experience. Enjoy sightings of large elephant herds and numerous Big 5 sightings in Chobe National Park. Explore the largest inland delta in the world, the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Okavango Delta. It is also known for the Big 5.

In addition, explore the Central Kalahari – where after summer rains you’ll find animals everywhere. At other times the game will be sparse, but don’t let that stop you. There’s nothing like driving through the open landscape of the Kalahari in search of game.

Botswana offers countless more landscapes each with its own highlights and unique terrain, so wherever you go, get ready for an experience like no other.

 An Exclusive Travel Experience

Botswana offers luxury accommodation that is intimate and personalised. Escape the large hotels and resorts and instead look forward to a luxury experiences in small lodges with close to fewer than 20 guests. With some lodges in the Okavango Delta only accessible by small plane, Botswana is the perfect place to get away from the crowds and explore the beauty of Africa.

Whilst Botswana is known for its luxury camps, you do still have the option of budget accommodation or camping. No matter how you choose to experience Botswana, we can assure you it will be the trip of a lifetime!

References:  The Travel ManuelAfrica GeographicFodors The Travelling Chilli

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