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A Botswana Safari is as good as it gets!
Botswana is one of the most underrated safari destinations in Africa. It is also one of my favourite places to visit for a
genuine African safari. There is a huge abundance of wildlife in Botswana - everything you could want - and more!
Botswana spoils the visitor for choice - with three major safari destinations.
Chobe, Okavango, and Kalahari. Each of these regions of Botswana offers fabulous wildlife viewing opportunities.
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park covers an area of over 10,500 square km.
It is home to the greatest abundance of wildlife in Africa.
The elephant population alone is around 120,000!
Chobe is also home to vast numbers of giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, buffalo, and eland.
The predators are also here in force. You'll see lion, hyena, jackal, leopard and cheetah.
Several tour companies operate in the Chobe region of Botswana.
Most accommodation is in camps - but there are some excellent safari-lodges here too.
The Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world. Here you will find lagoons, lakes, islands by the
thousand, and countless water channels that meander slowly and silently to nowhere in particular.
The Okavango is the perfect environment for wildlife to thrive - undisturbed by man.
Around the delta's edges, and on the islands, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles
and numerous other species live out their lives in huge numbers.
The Okavango is the most exciting and most diverse national park in Botswana.
It is a must visit for anybody with an interest in African wildlife. Like Chobe, most of the accommodation is in
tented camps - but there are some wonderful safari lodges here too.
There are virtually no roads here - you will arrive by light aircraft and travel mostly by boat.
This is not a go-it-alone area. You will need to use an experienced tour guide.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The Central Kalahari Game reserve is bigger than many European countries!
It is an unimaginably huge expanse of arid - but varied landscapes.
It is often referred to as a desert - but unlike most deserts, it is teeming with life.
Accommodation is very basic here - spartan campsites at best.
And the climate is harsh - scorching days and sub-zero nights.
The Central Kalahari is a fabulous place for viewing wildlife - but there is no luxury here.
If you don't mind roughing it, this is a highly rewarding safari destination.
When To Visit Botswana
From April to November, the animals migrate towards the waterways of the Okavango.
This is the best time to be here. November and December - the calving months - are excellent too.
The rainy season, from January to March, is when the animals migrate away from the waterways and into
their summer grazing areas. At this time of year the delta comes alive with hundreds of bird species.
Summers, from December to February, can be unbearably hot, and rain may make some areas impassable.
During the rainy summer season, animals in many game areas disperse.
Summer is not the best time to be here. Come between April and December.
Getting To Botswana
The best and most popular way to get here is by air from Johannesburg.
You can fly to Johannesburg from almost anywhere in the world.
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