Botswana offers a huge variety of safaris in a diverse range of habitats and is without doubt one of the finest safaris destinations in Africa.
A little harder to reach from the UK - there are no direct flights - Botswana is a stunning country with safaris ranging from exlcusive lodges in private concessions to mobile safaris journeying through its national parks and reserves.
Situated in the middle of Southern Africa and bordered by Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Botswana is a land locked country occupying some of Africa’s finest dry and wetland regions.
The country focuses on providing exclusive, low-volume tourism with an emphasis on ecological sustainability.
Botswana is one of the most stable countries in Africa and has dedicated almost 30% of its land to conservation. The Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert, Makgadigadi Salt Pans and the lush Linyanti regions are just a few wildlife areas to explore.
Enjoy a flying safari in the Okavango delta and get a spectalular bird's eye view of the water channels, lagoons and islands whilst flying from camp to camp.
Embark on a journey by mokoro through watery wetland floodplains dotted with wild date palm islands, or visit the Kalahari Desert - home to the San Bushmen and black maned lions.
Some of Africa's best wildlife veiwing is found in Botswana - huge herds of elephant in the Linyanti and Chobe reserves, seasonal zebra and elephant migrations in the Linyanti, and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe and the African Wild dog.
The avifauna of Botswana includes around 590 species including the Delta’s famous African skimmers, fish eagles, the endangered wattled crane.
You may see slaty egrets, African jacanas, lilac-breasted rollers, pygmy geese and the elusive Pel’s fishing owl, blue-cheeked bee-eater, black-fronted bush-shrike and the Peach-Faced Lovebird.
THE CENTRAL KALAHARI
The Kalahari desert is the largest unbroken stretch of sand in the world and at its core is the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a vast flat expanse of scrub-covered fossil dunes interspersed with ancient river valleys.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the biggest protected areas in Africa and occupies 5 million hectares south of the Okavango Delta.
Offering a real contrast to the rest of Botswana, the Kalahari offers a diverse selection of wildlife and stunning scenery. The area is home to a fascinating array of very different plants and animals which have successfully adapted to living in such a harsh environment.
Wildlife includes giraffe, brown hyena, warthog, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, lion, blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu, impala and red hartebeest.
To the north east of the Central Kalahari Reserve lies Nxai Pan which is a fossilised lake bed and is largely covered by grasslands dotted with clusers of acacia trees and mopane woodland. Nxai Pan is known for its huge springbok population and once the rains start elephant and zebra migrate to the area - the zebra to give birth to their young.
The area is also known for large journeys of giraffe - up to around 30 in a group - and predators including cheetah, lion, jackal, hyena, leopard and wild dog.
THE OKAVANGO DELTA
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta system in the world with an area of 15,000 km2 filled with water channels, lagoons and islands.
Each year floodwaters flow from their catchment areas in the moist central African highlands over 1,000km away into the Delta to creat the Okavango Delta, a huge expanse of wetland within the Kalahari Desert.
Game viewing here is excellent throughout the year with some fantastic specialities, such as the Duba area, which is renown for the interaction between large herds of buffalo and resident prides of lion.
THE LINYANTI, CHOBE, SELINDA AND SAVUTI
In the north-east of the Okavango Delta are the Chobe, Selinda and Linyanti areas which have several very unique features: the Savuti Channel - flooded again after many years and now attracting abundant wildlife, the Selinda Spillway and the Linyanti River.
The area is known for huge herds of elephant, zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, lechwe, reedbuck, kudu and roan, followed by predators - lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dog.
Seasonal zebra and elephant migrations add further interest when they are drawn to the Linyanti River at the start of the dry winter months (May - June) and stay until the arrival of the first rains (late November - December).
Savuti is an isolated part of the Linyanti Concession and is known for the Savute Channel.The Channel stopped flowing between 1980 and 2008 - during this time it was an unusual and productive ribbon of grassland that served as a corridor and feeding ground in the surrounding woodland for a wide variety of herbivores.
The Kwando Concession - a little further north - is named after the Kwando River which flows through the area. The river sytems form a mosaic of lakes, islands, channels and floodplains.
The area has a reputation for big game and large herds of elephant and buffalo, especially in the winter months, when herds of up to a thousand are not uncommon. This vast concentration of game attracts the attention of large predators and a wild dog pack regularly dens on the concession.
Tracks Safaris have travelled extensively within Botswana and have personally visited many of the lodges, national parks and concessions - we would be delighted to help you plan your trip to Botswana. Call us on 01836 830264 or email [email protected]