Botswana: The Ultimate Safari Experience

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Botswana is without a doubt the crown jewel of all noble safari destinations, and the country probably has Africa's largest stock of savannah animals. You visit the Okavango Delta, which offers an impressive network of rivers, waterways, lagoons and grasslands where it abounds with wild animals and colorful birds. Then head to the Chobe National Park which also offers fantastic safari opportunities. Chobe is called "Home of the Giants", here we find the world's largest elephant population. In addition, Chobe is known for its large lion population.

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Where to stay in Botswana

Savute Elephant Lodge, A Belmond Safari, Botswana

Safari lodge located inside Chobe National Park with rustic-chic rooms and an outdoor pool.

Eagle Island Lodge, A Belmond Safari, Botswana

An unparalleled sanctuary of luxury and wilderness, where you can intimately encounter Botswana's unique beauty, diverse wildlife and expansive vistas.

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Things to do in Botswana

Elephants in Safari

There are several compelling reasons to consider visiting Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa known for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and vibrant culture. Here are some of the top reasons to visit Botswana:

  1. Unparalleled Wildlife and Safaris: Botswana is renowned for its exceptional wildlife and pristine wilderness areas. The country is home to some of Africa's most iconic and diverse wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and various bird species. The Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a unique safari experience as you explore its waterways and floodplains, providing opportunities to see wildlife up close in their natural habitats.

  2. Okavango Delta: This vast inland delta is one of the world's largest and most unique, characterized by its seasonal flooding, which supports a rich ecosystem of flora and fauna. Exploring the delta by traditional mokoro (canoe) or on guided walking safaris is an unforgettable way to experience its natural beauty.

  3. Chobe National Park: Another prime safari destination, Chobe National Park, is famous for its large elephant population and diverse game viewing opportunities. The Chobe River attracts wildlife, making boat safaris a popular choice for observing animals from a different perspective.

  4. Makgadikgadi Pans: These expansive salt pans are a surreal and captivating sight. The vast open spaces, especially during the wet season when they transform into shallow lakes, offer unique opportunities for photography and stargazing.

  5. Cultural Encounters: Botswana's rich cultural heritage is a significant draw for visitors. Engaging with local communities, learning about traditional practices, and participating in cultural events can provide a deeper understanding of the country's history and way of life.

  6. Remote and Exclusive Experiences: Botswana's commitment to low-impact tourism means that many safari camps and lodges offer a more exclusive and intimate experience compared to some other African destinations. This allows you to connect with nature and wildlife without the crowds.

  7. Conservation Efforts: Botswana places a strong emphasis on conservation and sustainable tourism practices. By visiting the country, you contribute to the efforts to protect its unique ecosystems and wildlife.

  8. Birdwatching: With over 500 bird species, Botswana is a paradise for birdwatchers. The diverse habitats, including wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands, provide opportunities to spot a wide variety of avian species.

  9. Adventure Activities: Beyond safaris, Botswana offers opportunities for adventure enthusiasts. You can embark on guided walking safaris, take hot air balloon rides over the landscape, or explore the Moremi Game Reserve in a 4x4 vehicle.

  10. Warm Hospitality: Botswana is known for its friendly and welcoming people, making visitors feel at home and enhancing the overall travel experience.

Remember that travel conditions and recommendations can change, so it's always a good idea to check with reliable sources and tour operators for the latest information before planning your trip.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Africa & The Middle East.