Safari destinations can be combined together to form a complete Safari in Botswana

Botswana is a remarkable part of Africa and a must-see destination for adventure travelers seeking something fresh, engaging and inspirational. What are the top five safari destinations to see in Botswana and why are they worth visiting?

​Botswana is located in southern Africa. The country has an abundant wildlife population and a fantastic ecosystem. The ecosystem has remained relatively untouched to this day.

The country is teeming with wildlife and is home to the famous big five. The big five are the lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, and buffalo.

​From the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango Delta to the large elephant herds in the Chobe National Park and the unpredictable Savute Channel, which runs dry and floods seemingly at random – Botswana is blessed with some of Africa’s most beautiful reserves and an array of exceptional wildlife.

The Okavango Delta is a magical oasis – water in the desert is a truly spectacular sight. The wide, grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent range of wild animals, including the specially adapted sitatunga and red lechwe antelopes.

Chobe National Park in Botswana is famed for having Africa’s largest single concentration of elephant, while Moremi Game Reserve is renowned for its brilliant birdlife. Also, not-to-be-missed is an exploration of the stark and dramatic landscapes of the Kalahari Desert and the iconic Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, and one of the natural wonders of the African continent. Located in northwestern Botswana, this vast wetland is over 1,000 square miles in size, and is the home to over a hundred species of mammals, over one hundred species of fish and over a hundred species of birds. Read More

Moremi Game Reserve

First stop on your African safari is the Moremi Game Reserve, home to some of the continent’s most iconic wildlife. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to encounter some of the continent’s most elusive species, including elephants, lions, and leopards.

Your guide will take you on a game drive, stopping to give you a closer look at the animals before moving on. You’ll see plenty of wildlife, but it’s best to come prepared as the animals here are used to humans and are often not afraid of them.

Safari Destinations

Chobe National Park

The fauna and flora of the Chobe National Park are unlike those of any other area in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to more than 900 species of plants and animals, including black rhinos, lions, and elephants. During your game drive in the park, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Big Five, as well as other species that are difficult to find anywhere else.

Your guide will show you why these areas have been declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and you’ll get the opportunity to see some of the most elusive species on the continent in their natural habitat.

African Safari

Nxai Pan & Makgadikgadi

The Makgadikgadi Pans are flat, featureless salt and clay depressions interspersed with sand dunes, islands of rock, grassy plains and patches of Kalahari desert. Good rains cover the pans with shallow waters.

The two main pans of Nxai are large, open grass-covered stretches studded with mopane, acacia and baobab trees (notably the seven known as Baines’ Baobabs, first painted by the explorer Thomas Baines in 1862).

The whole area was once part of an ancient super-lake. Herds of migratory zebra and wildebeest increase predator numbers (lion, cheetah and hyaena). Giraffe, buffalo, elephant and various antelope, including desert-adapted Gemsbok and Springbok. December – February, the rain-filled pans host thousands of migrant flamingos and other waterbirds, such as pelicans, spoonbills, waders and storks.

The sensation of vast open space, timelessness and complete nothingness. Flamingos on Sowa and other pans, and the variety of easily seen wildlife. Lodges and camp sites at Nata and in Makgadikgadi and Nxai pans, a rest camp/motel and camping ground at Gweta

By Bodroux Mokwasi