Most of Botswana is a roadless wilderness, with vast tracts of ENDLESS space. Wildlife roams FREELY ACROSS EVER CHANGING scenery. A COUNTRY OF EXCEPTIONAL HORIZONS.
Not only will you witness some of Africa's greatest wildlife but you can do this whilst taking part in an impressive range of activities - as well as the traditional 4x4 game drives there's walking, riding on horseback or on elephants, paddling in mokoros (local dugouts) or canoes, helicopter flights, fishing trips, or quad biking across ancient salt pans - the list is endless.
And if that's not enough to whet the appetite Botswana is at the top of its game when it comes to camps and lodges.
From simple yet genuinely authentic mobile walking camps to ultra luxurious camps with private plunge pools, everyone's tastes and styles are catered for in this magnificent country.
The Okavango Delta, described as 'the river that never finds the sea' is the world's largest inland delta; rising in central Africa, the Okavango river simply dissipates into the Kalahari sands. Paddle a mokoro, traditional canoe, through the maze of waterways and islands ride on horseback in areas that traditional safari vehicles simply can't access.
Other wildlife destinations in Botswana centre on Chobe National Park, which is home to huge numbers of elephant. A sunset cruise along the Chobe River will bring you into close contact with crocodile, hippo, gazelle, giraffe and other plains game as well. The Moremi Game Reserve is also considered one of Africa's great, pristine wild spaces.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are the dried bed of a ginormous super-lake that covered much of the country at one point. These days the water has evaporated leaving spectacular, surreal salt pans that stretch as far as the eye can see. During the rainy season the pans are transformed into a wonderful watery landscape full of birds and wildlife.
Elsewhere, the Kalahari comprises the vast majority of the country. The last remaining San Bushmen live here; head to the Tsodilo Hills, which are considered sacred, to see 4,000 rock paintings daubed on cliffs by the ancestors of the current population.
There's are a good chance of spotting endangered wild dogs in Botswana as conservation efforts to protect these rare dogs have been as successful here as anywhere in Africa and remain a highlight of anyone's safari if seen.
As the country is focused on preserving its pristine environment, camps and lodges are exclusive, and often only accessible by light aircraft that fly low over this magical landscape. Once in camp, you are likely to go wildlife viewing in a small group, in an open-top 4x4 safari vehicle, well away from the crowds.
This is just a taste of what makes Botswana one of Africa’s best and most exclusive safari destinations.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Botswana has set aside 17% of its land as nature reserves. Few countries in the world are this dedicated to conservation.
- All the water reaching the Okavango Delta evaporates. It never reaches any sea or ocean.
- The Kalahari desert gets its name from the Tswana word Kgala meaning "the great thirst".
- San Bushmen have lived in the Kalahari for approx 20,000 years and are considered to be the oldest culture in the world.
- The Jwaneng Diamond Mine, located in southern Botswana, is the world’s richest diamond mine.
- Botswana is Africa’s longest surviving democracy.