Botswana’s safari experience is like no other. The memory will last your life-time. A visit to this safari Eden is not just about the magnificent of the Okavango Delta and it’s diverse habitats, but also the opportunity to marvel at it all from different angles ……from air, on water, and overland.
The Okavango Delta
Snaking its way mysteriously through a large slice of Botswana, is the legendary inland waterway, the Okavango Delta. This is an area of indescribable natural beauty, beyond human imagination. Millions of liters of water reaches this part of the Kalahari Desert, enriching a habitat that is literally mind- blowing in the number of diverse species of mammal, fish and bird life that it supports.
For visitors, a light aircraft flight over the Okavango Delta is not only scenically arresting, awe- inspiring for game tracking and viewing, but in certain cases, the single means of reaching the remote camps located in the delta. Some safari camps are water-based, others offer both wet and dry game viewing, so that a slow meander through the watery corridors in a traditional canoe, or mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, as a way of balancing against the open safari vehicle, land – based game viewing experience.
Moremi and Chobe National Parks
The delta may be Botswana’s best known safari destination, but the country boasts 2 of Africa’s finest game reserves: Moremi National park, famous for its vast herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and antelope: and up north, Chobe. A sunset cruise in Chobe Park is a thrilling end to a day as hundreds of dusty elephants jostle at the edge of the river to quench their thirst.
Within Chobe, lies the Linyanti Region where, in the dry season, the concentration of game makes it possible to witness huge numbers of buffalo in their thousands, simultaneously, followed by sizeable prides of lion. The Savuti Channel too is a unique part of Chobe. Savuti was once home to the legendary Bushmen, and their legacy of native paintings is still visible here, centuries later.
Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans
The Makgadikgadi salt pans of the Kalahari in the south of Botswana also lay claim to wonderfully preserved Bushman artwork. Follow the herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra in this baobab-dotted salt-pan complex. Game viewing in this remote region is the complete opposite to the lush water ways and grasslands of the Okavango Delta. Here, sand dunes and vast dry pans are best enjoyed by quad bike.
When to Visit Botswana For Safari Vacation
Even though it is along the tropics, Botswana experiences extremes in temperature and general weather. The best time for a safari holiday in Botswana is from late May to August. The days are warm and sunny with clear skies, and the nights are cool to cold. During this period, animal sightings are more predictable and better since the wildlife stay close to the water sources.
However, within this period, July to September may be considered the busiest. This is because of the school holidays not only in the neighbouring South Africa, but also in Europe and north America. May tourists plan to visit Botswana around this time.
The time to avoid is the months from October to April. Wildlife is harder to spot and the rains can make the sandy, dirt roads impassable. These are also the hottest months with soaring humidity. Day time temperatures can get to over 40°C.
Suggested Botswana Safari Itinerary
In at least one week for safari in Botswana, you can spend 3-4 days at Okavango Delta, slip over the papyrus, gliding through the watery expanses in a Mokoro. From the delta, take a trip through Chobe National park, and enjoy one of the world’s top safari experiences. You can either cruise along the wildlife-rich waterfront, or overland through the rugged interior.