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Botswana

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This wild and very beautiful country is one of the few places in Africa which remains completely unspoilt. This is the true African wilderness, where animals roam freely, and visitors have to go to great lengths - either in four-wheel drive vehicles, or by flying - to get to the lodges from which they can explore. Botswana is home to the bafflingly beautiful and mysterious Okavango Delta, the only inland waterway in the world. Its existence is a contradiction, making it completely unique - not a drop of the over 27 000-million litres of water that reaches this part of the Kalahari desert ever leaves it; instead itís devoured into the Delta. And the river that has formed is unusual in another respect too: it flows one way this year, another the next. 

The Delta is a most unusual and very beautiful environment comprising diverse habitats where 36 species of larger mammals, over 80 species of fish and 200 species of birds, including the majestic Fish Eagle, reside. On the eastern fringe of the Delta lies the Moremi Game Reserve, famous for its beauty and diversity of wildlife, including herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and many species of antelope. The area has many different habitats including floodplains, reed beds and permanent wetland, mopane forest and dry savanna woodland. Another most unusual area is Linyanti Region, part of the Chobe National Park.

Here, in the dry season, the concentration of game can be so vast that you can see up to 3 000 buffalo at one time, and a pride of lion 20-strong following them, not to mention zebra and wildebeest in their thousands. Chobe itself is right in the north of the country and is famous for an abundance of game concentrated in quite small areas. Itís a magnificent place, full of a variety of terrain only matched by the incredible diversity of its wildlife, which ranges from hippo and crocodile, otter and fish to great numbers of wild animals, including lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, buffalo and giraffe. Chobe is most famous for its elephants, who make their way to drink at the Chobe River.

Time to Travel

Most of the Okavango lodges close for Jan/ Feb and March for rest and renovation. This is the wet season, but travel is not unduly discouraged. The remainder of the year is fine, with Nov/Dec being very hot. The peak tourist season is Aug/Sept.

Botswana at a Glance

Language: Setswana - English is widely spoken
Currency: Local - Pula (BWP)
Visa: Not required for South African Passport Holders
All other passport holders to confirm with the Local Authority
Airport Tax: Pre-paid and included on your airticket
Time Difference: GMT + 2
Health Requirements: No inoculations required
Anti-malaria precautions are recommeded

Botswana Highlights

  • Watch thousands of elephants converge on the Chobe River
  • See wild dog while game viewing in the Moremi Reserve
  • Take a mokoro trip on the okavango
  • See lions in abundance in Savuti
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Linyanti River
  • Go on game/nature walks in the Delta
  • See the famous Tuli Elephant area at Mashatu
  • In certain areas enjoy night game drives

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Botswana | Okavango Delta | Kalahari desert | Chobe National Park | MoremiReserve