Botswana Safari

The country is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the continent. With over 38 percent of its total land area devoted to unfenced national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas, allowing animals to roam wild and free. From the bleached floors and ancient baobabs of the Makgadikgadi Pans to the savannah grasslands of Chobe National Park and the mopane woodland of the Tuli Block, there’s an enormous variety of wildlife in Botswana. It is in the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve where visitors will find unforgettable beauty and arguably the finest Botswana Safari experience on offer today. The Okavango Delta is Botswana’s prime safari destination and the most popular way of exploring the maze of waterways is by Mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe.

Safaris in the Okavango Delta explore one of the world’s great wetlands, where uniquely the Okavango River meets its “ocean of sand” in the Kalahari Desert. The area is the setting for a large variety of bush camps, and the destination for visitors from around the world wishing to experience a safari of a lifetime. There have been more than 450 species of birds identified in the Delta and surrounds and among the islands - lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dogs, leopards, hippos and crocodiles congregate with a teeming variety of antelope and other smaller mammals. Traditionally the most popular time of year for the Okavango is the dry season from June to October, however this is peak season and if you are looking for good value, one must consider the fantastic green season months where the birding is at its peak.

The Chobe National Park in the North was established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 square kilometres, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. There are four distinct geographical areas in the park: the Chobe Riverfront, the Savuti and the Linyanti. The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which during the dry winter months congregate at the river to drink.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers the most isolated Botswana Safaris. It is one of the world’s largest game reserves and probably Southern Africa’s most vast, this reserve is the final sanctuary for the subcontinent’s San population. Most Botswana Safari visitors head for the northern section of the Central Kalahari Reserve seeking out the interminable spaces and haunting silence, and the migratory herds that head for the waterholes of Deception Pan, Sundays Pan and Pipers Pan.

Trips to the Makgadikgadi pans explore the most visible remnants of a lake that is one of the world’s largest salt pans, formed millions of years ago. The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve is famous for its vacant and expansive land, with zero human habitation offering the guests to experience isolated vast open spaces and unique wildlife. The Makgadikgadi National Park, heavily populated with the larger herbivores such as zebra and wildebeest, offers guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and predator interaction.

African Travel Services has extensive experience and knowledge in the preparation of personalised itineraries for a number of different holiday types in Botswana from the budget conscious to unparalleled luxury.

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