Botswana

Botswana

Botswana

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Botswana is the leader in low-impact, upmarket tourism. This ecofriendly approach promotes a true wilderness experience in this unspoiled country. The beauty of the Okavango Delta is best discovered by mokoro canoe, while abundant wildlife can be encountered in Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve.

Choose a Botswana vacation package and experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations. The evergreen jewel of the Okavango Delta is at the heart of Botswana’s safari attractions, flanked in the east by the rolling savannah of the Savuti and the teeming elephant paradise of the Chobe.

South of the delta lie the far-flung stretches of the Makgadikgadi saltpans and the semi-desert grasslands of the Kalahari. Go on guided game drives, nature walks, river cruises, canoe trips or explore on horseback to make the most of Botswana's legendary wildlife. The Chobe is home to Africa's largest elephant population as well as huge herds of buffalo, zebra and many antelope species, and with such abundant plains game, Botswana has plenty of Africa's top predators – lion, leopard, hyenas and rare wild dogs. Even the bird watching is exceptional.

The saltpans and Kalahari scrubland south of the delta are home to unique experiences like quad biking safaris and authentic cultural encounters with Africa’s first people, the San. This is also the setting for Botswana’s green season migration, which happens between January and March (depending on seasonal rainfall). After the summer rains fill the desert waterholes, thousands of zebra and antelope migrate into the area to feast on the sweet, new grasses. This in turn leads to dramatic predator-prey interactions as the resident lion prides make the most of the visiting herds.

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June to September (Okavango, Moremi, Chobe) March to May (Other, drier parks)
High Season
July to October (Will not feel too crowded, except for Chobe)
Low Season
December to April (Some lodges and camps close down)
Best Weather
April and May (Moderate temperatures, little to no rainfall, and few clouds)
Worst Weather
October and November (Very hot) January and February (Peak of Wet season)
Pros & Cons
Low-density tourism and eco-friendly lodges
Excellent wildlife viewing in northern parks
Beautiful and diverse scenery of dry desert, saltpans, savannah grasslands and delta waterways
Low population and vast, undeveloped areas
Political stability and safety
Expensive upmarket safaris with few budget options
Wildlife
Botswana has an abundance of big African animals such as elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo and zebra. Big cats aren’t as prevalent, but there are still plenty of lions to spot. Rhino is also making a comeback here. If you’re keen on seeing rarer animals, you can find endangered antelopes and African wild dogs in some of the country’s northern parks.
Weather & Climate
Humidity won’t trouble you in Botswana, but there are big changes in temperature from day to night. Winter (May to October) is a very dry period that starts off cool and gets very hot towards the end. From June to August you’ll need to rug up at night, when it can be freezing. Summer (November to April) is wet and hot, with the rain pouring down in January and February. The Kalahari is where you can expect temperature extremes to be at their greatest.
Best Time to Visit
The Dry season (May to October), when wildlife congregates around the remaining sources of water, is the best time to explore Botswana’s parks. A lack of rain and relatively low numbers of tourists, with the exception of Chobe, are other reasons to visit at this time. You can still see plenty of animals in the Wet season (November to April), but they can be hard to see in the thick vegetation, and the heat can be intense.
Chobe National Park
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Moremi Game Reserve
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Nxai Pan National Park
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