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Botswana – A Spectacular Paradise for Safari

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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 elephant.

Breathtaking 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.

From 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 is Botswana’s 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.

Mid-May 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.

The world-renowned 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.

Chobe National 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.

Other 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.

Accommodations 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.

Safari accommodations 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.

Eyes on Africa, an African safari company, boasts an extremely knowledgeable team of staff members, who are passionate about every aspect of travel to Africa, including its wildlife and safari destinations. When you're ready to plan your African safari, a holiday in Africa, or if you just have questions, please feel free to contact us toll free at 800-457-9575 or visit our web site at http://www.eyesonafrica.net/contactus.htm and complete an information request form.

Eyes on Africa was selected most knowledgeable Regional Expert for Southern Africa / Safaris by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, 20th Anniversary Special Issue, October 2004.
Eyes on Africa was selected most knowledgeable
Regional Expert for Southern Africa / Safaris by
National Geographic Traveler Magazine,
20th Anniversary Special Issue.

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