Botswana – A
Spectacular Paradise for Safari
Botswana – A
Spectacular Paradise for Safari
Botswana safaris offer
adventure travelers extraordinary travel experiences
in diverse and unspoiled natural environments. Botswana
is considered the premier African safari destination
and is certainly a place where every safari experience
you have ever dreamed about can become reality. You
can explore Botswana’s varied habitats -- the
desert, savannah, riparian forests and the wetlands
of the Okavango Delta, including the game reserves
of one of the wildest regions in Africa. The wide range
of available activities includes safari game drives,
scenic plane flights, walking with native tribesmen,
skimming past wildlife in a dugout canoe (mokoro),
motor boating along pristine rivers and channels, horseback
riding or wading through the delta on the back of an
Game Lands and Diverse Habitats
Botswana is known as one of the best safari sites
in Africa in part because nearly 20 percent of its
land is set aside for national parks and reserves.
Geographically, Botswana is located just north of
South Africa. It is approximately the size of Texas
and the sands of the Kalahari Desert cover two-thirds
of its area. The Kalahari, also known as Kgalagadi,
is a sandy desert with sparse vegetation and a complex
system of pans and riverbeds beneath the dunes, offering
visitors an incredible wilderness experience.
the desert to the Delta, all of the immense ecosystems
of Botswana are awe-inspiring. This pristine country
boasts such world-renowned habitats as Chobe National
Park, one of Africa's premier elephant refuges, and
the Okavango Delta, a 200-kilometer-wide paradise,
whose sparkling waters spread out over the expanse
of the Kalahari sands.
The Okavango Delta
main safari attraction. Every March, rains from Angola
to the north flood south down the Okavango River
and into northern Botswana, creating the seasonal
Okavango Delta -- the only inland delta of its size
in the world with no outlet to the sea. The crystal
clear waters move further into the desert each week,
which means that in one visit, you can experience
desert, savannah and flooded areas, all with different
animal, bird and plant life populations.
to mid-September, when the water levels are neither
too high nor too low, is one of the best times to
visit in order to experience the Okavango’s
dynamic flood season. To gain the most from your
Okavango Delta experience, it is recommended that
you use the services of professional, experienced
tour guides, who can take you through the myriad
waterways and islands and lead you to the best game
viewing, bird watching or fishing spots.
Moremi Game Reserve lies within the Okavango Delta
and is a protected haven for wildlife and the Delta
ecosystem. The wife of the late Batawana chief, Moremi
III, created the Reserve in 1963 and it has been
expanded to 5,000 square kilomteres. Several exclusive
safari camps are located in Moremi.
Park, located in northeastern Botswana, is the country’s
second main tourist attraction. There is no development
in this area; it remains a natural wilderness with
varied game populations. Wildlife attractions include
large herds of elephant and buffalo, plus healthy
populations of hippo, lion, leopard, rhino, giraffe,
eland, zebra, tsessebe, waterbuck, puku, red lechwe,
crocodile, sable antelope, wild dog, warthog, baboons,
impala, hyena, roan, kudu, and many others.
national parks and game reserves in Botswana include
the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Kalahari-Gemsbok
Transfrontier Park, Khutse Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi
Pans National Park, and Nxai Pan National Park.
to Suit Every Preference
Amid Botswana’s elegant
ecosystems and astounding beauty are accommodations
that allow visitors to go on safari and still enjoy
amenities such as bathrooms, beds and comfortable,
spacious tents. Botswana is renowned for its refined
and stylish safari accommodations, particularly in
the heart of the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park
and Moremi Game Reserve.
range from rustic safari camps to permanently established
luxury camps and lodges to chalets built from reeds
or brick. Regardless of your personal preference,
all accommodations in Botswana seek to achieve the
perfect balance between comfort and ambiance without
compromising the enjoyment of the natural bush.
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