Botswana: Delta Wilderness, Savannah Abundance

From the lush watery wonderland of the Okavango Delta to the vast Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana enchants visitors with its remarkable wildlife, landscapes, and conservation ethos. Track the iconic Big Five across floodplains, channels, and savannas. Camp under starry night skies while the sounds of the African bush come alive. Rise at dawn for walking safaris to observe magnificent elephants up close or scenic flights over islands teeming with animals and birds. Botswana promises an extraordinary diversity encompassing verdant river deltas, arid salt pans, and the deserts of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Top destinations include the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park along the lush Chobe River, and Moremi Game Reserve in the eastern Okavango. Adventurers seeking vast spaces and isolation head to Makgadikgadi Pans and Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Botswana’s north delivers continuous safari delights.

Botswana enjoys a subtropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. May through October brings cooler, drier weather ideal for safaris when wildlife gathers at water sources. November to April see hotter temperatures and afternoon rains. The lush green landscape comes alive, though thick foliage makes wildlife spotting tougher.

Activities span guided game drives, walking safaris, night drives, mokoro canoeing, helicopter rides and more. Cruise the Chobe River for glittering sunsets and plentiful wildlife along the water. Try your hand at catching tigerfish – an angler’s dream come true. Between adventures, relax at luxury lodges with private plunge pools, spas, and stargazing decks.

Accommodations range from tented camps and exclusive houseboats to eco-lodges blending into the landscape. Top stays include Xigera Safari Lodge with red riverside views, Camp Kalahari’s star beds and telescope for astronomy, and Belmond Eagle Island Lodge only accessible by boat, providing total seclusion. You’ll never lack for luxury paired with wilderness immersion.

On safari in Botswana, experience up-close encounters with diverse wildlife from large herbivores like elephants to all major predators. Moremi and Chobe offer plentiful hippo and crocodile sightings. The Central Kalahari and Makgadikgadi provide stirring wilderness and isolation. Botswana allows experiencing the rhythms of Africa’s wild heart.

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