TRAVEL REVIEW: Safari at its best, beautiful Botswana…

Baobab sunset with giraffe on African savannah

Botswana offers one of the most unique safari holiday experiences to be found in Africa. From the inhospitable deserts of the south to the sparkling waterways of the north west flood plains.

The Okavango Delta floods every year as the rain flows down from the Angola foothills creating a vast network of islands and channels. Gliding silently in a ‘mokoro’ canoe along the waterways, it is possible to get close to animals that come to drink.

Some areas of the delta are flooded at all times so activities in these areas are either by foot or by boat. On the periphery where there are tracts of dry land, game viewing can also be explored in a 4 x 4 vehicle – an excellent combination is a few nights at both types of game viewing camps. Areas such as Moremi Game Reserve on the edge of the delta offer some of the very best game viewing in the world, with all of the Big 5 animals.

Accommodation in these areas tends to be in luxurious safari lodges, however it is possible to find smaller lodges that offer a good quality, affordable alternative and for the more adventurous, fully catered camping trips. Another safari region of Botswana is Chobe National Park. Often the starting point for visitors to Botswana, its close proximity to Victoria Falls makes it an ideal combination with a few nights either on the Zimbabwe or the Zambia side of the falls. Located in the north eastern region of the country, Chobe is easy to reach by road or air. Most of the safari lodges are located along the banks of the Chobe River – a popular spot for animals to drink and near to vast herds of elephant and buffalo for which the region is famous.

Less well known are the Makgadikgadi Salt pans and the Kalahari Desert. No less rewarding, the safari enthusiast can expect unusual animals such as meerkat, brown hyena and aardwolf. The barren landscape also hosts large ‘dazzles’ of zebra at certain times of the year and the famous black maned Kalahari lions.

Botswana really does play host to safaris at their best.

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