Botswana’s landscape is defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site, becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods which normally peaks between June and August when the Delta swells to three times its normal size.
The Delta is however great destination to visit all year round. The Moremi Game Reserve in the Eastern portion of the Okavango Delta comprise of a stunning landscape of forests, lagoons, floodplains and islands. Mokoros (dug-out canoes) are used to navigate past birdlife, hippos and crocodiles. Game viewing is excellent year-round and resident species include lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, wild dog, zebra and many more. Moremi offers a unique luxury safari experience due to the great combination of luxurious safari lodges, permanent wetlands and abundant wildlife.
The Chobe River winds along the northern border of Botswana and is known for some of the best game viewing in Africa and is home to the continent’s largest concentration of elephants. The river is flanked by riverine forests, floodplains and open woodlands. You can expect huge herds of elephant and buffalo, many antelope and classic plains game species, as well as predators like lion, wild dog, crocodile, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena.
The Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. It’s known for its sprawling grassy plains, which flood seasonally, becoming a lush animal habitat. The Moremi Game Reserve occupies the east and central areas of the region. Here, dugout canoes are used to navigate past hippos, elephants and crocodiles. On dry land, wildlife includes lions, leopards, giraffes and rhinos.
CHOBE & MOREMI
Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of Game in Africa. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is the most biologically diverse. It is also Botswana’s first national park.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a vast wildlife preserve in the Kalahari Desert region of Botswana and South Africa, bordering Namibia to the west. It’s characterized by red dunes and dry rivers. Wildlife includes migrating herds of wildebeest and springbok, plus predators like raptors and black-maned Kalahari lions. Various lodges and wildnerness camps offer game-viewing drives and guided walks with park rangers.
Kasane is a town in the northeastern corner of Botswana, near the borders with Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s the gateway to Chobe National Park, known for the herds of elephants which converge on the Chobe River in the dry season. Caracal Biodiversity Center shelters rescued wildlife. The Chobe Crocodile Farm is nearby. East of town, the Kazungula Ferry crosses the Zambezi River, connecting to Zambia.