Botswana is an incredibly diverse wilderness destination promising the most unique experiences in Africa. From mokoro-ing (or canoeing) the winding waterways of the Okavango Delta, watching the great herds of elephant swim across the mighty Chobe River, chasing predator action in the Savute and Moremi National Parks, and quad biking across the wide open salt pans of the Makgadikgadi to name just a few.
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & SAVUTE
The world famous Chobe National Park is Botswana’s first National Park and home to the world’s largest remaining herds of Elephant. Bordered by the winding Chobe River that provides a permanent source of water this area teems with wildlife. In the drier season (May through October) the Chobe Riverfront is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephant, giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. It is also the only area where the puku antelope can be seen.
Savute is a corner of the Chobe National Park that stretches to the Linyanti River and is home to the Savute Channel which flows and dries unexpectedly for long stretches at a time. In 2009 the channel started flowing again and flooded the Savute Marsh, bringing large numbers of wildlife to this area. Savute is not for the faint of heart, known for their prides of lion that hunt young elephant and chase the zebra migration, the latter usually occurring between November and December and again between February and April each year. A truly unique area Chobe and Savute, sadly limited to national park daylight rules, however particularly worth the visit to that traveller looking for the wild predator experience!
OKAVANGO DELTA & MOREMI
The Okavango Delta is an oasis in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana, fed by the catchment waters from the Angolan Highlands. The Okavango River does not have an outlet into the sea, but rather flows into Botswana and fans out into through the Delta filling up the waterways with the levels rising and falling through the seasons.
Covering almost a third of the Okavango Delta is the Moremi Game Reserve, land declared by the BaTawana people in 1963 and the first wildlife sanctuary to be created by an African tribe in their own area. The designation meant that the original Bushman of the area were still allowed to stay on the land.
Centre of the Delta and forming part of the Moremi is Chief’s Island, arguably the most exclusive wildlife area in Botswana, currently the only area in Botswana that supports rhino. Surrounding the Moremi are private concessions which offer the guests more diverse activities having more flexibility than the game reserve. These include walking safaris, night drives and mokoro trails. It is recommended to combine camps within the Okavango Delta concessions and Moremi reserve to experience the best this area has to offer! Wildlife concentrations vary as the water levels rise and fall. Expect herds of impala and tsessebe, buffalo, wildebeest and elephant, and sightings of lechwe and sitatunga on the reed banks. Moremi, Chief’s and Khwai offer excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, cheetah and the elusive wild dog, and of course the Okavango Delta teams with birdlife and rings with the sound of the hippos calling in the pools. A true paradise for the safari adventurer.
Lake Makgadikgadi dried up tens of thousands of years ago leaving behind an area of salt flats considered to be the largest in the world. Two very distinct seasons mark this fascinating area; in the dry season from April to October one would be forgiven for thinking this area is completely inhospitable, but this is the time to experience the pans at their most iconic. Enjoy quadbiking in search of the desert creatures and lay out on the pans to watch as the night sky unfolds above you. In the green season witness Southern Africa’s largest mammal migration and the predators that follow. It is a place to walk with the San bushmen, spend time with meerkats and experience the desert by horseback. A worthy add on to any extended Botswana adventure.
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