Botswana Travel Top Tips
The delta, one of the world’s largest inland water systems, has large numbers of animal populations, such as crocodiles, red lechwes, sitatungas, elephants, wild dogs, buffaloes and wattled crane, as well as the other more common mammals and birds.
From May to October, the flood waters arrive in the delta, attracting animals from the scorched Kalahari desert and resulting in wildlife viewing that’s unrivalled in the rest of Africa.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world and awe-inspiringly remote. The area is particularly outstanding in the emerald season, when it comes alive with lush expanses of thick bush and green grass, attracting black-maned lions, wild dogs, ostriches, springboks, gemsboks, giraffes and cheetahs. Bushmen have inhabited the land for thousands of years and most of the lodges offer a chance to explore the bush on foot with the San, learning about their culture and craft, and hunting and survival skills.
Chobe National Park
With one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife found on the African continent, Chobe National Park is home to huge herds of elephant, buffalo, large prides of lion and prolific birdlife. Wildlife can be viewed from open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles or boat cruises on the Chobe River.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Surrounded by the Kalahari desert, the Makgadikgadi National Park is made up of several salt pans with sandy areas in between. Covering an area of about 10,000 sq km of the Kalahari, the salt pans offer complete isolation and have a fascinating geology and history. Activities focus on 4x4 nature drives, walks with the Bushmen, night drives, meerkat viewings and visits to archaeological sites.
Linyanti is divided into three first-rate private concessions – Linyanti, Kwando and Selinda. The environment encompasses wooded areas, open plains, marshlands and floodplains, and, as a result, sustains a wide variety of wildlife. Large buffalo herds, wild dog packs, red lechwes, tsessebes, cheetahs, lions and leopards may all be seen here.
Where is the best place to see elephants?
As more elephants live in Botswana than any other country it’s the perfect destination to see these magnificent creatures in the wild. Specifically, Chobe national park is home to around 120,000 of the giant pachyderms. As the Chobe river is a year-round source of water, you can expect to see herds gathering here in large numbers – especially during the dry season. Another permanent water source for these animals is the Linyanti/Kwando rivers, or the Okavango delta, where they also gather. For an up-close elephant experience, the luxurious Abu camp in the Okavango offers the chance to interact with the resident herd, or sleep in a star bed above the elephant boma.