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Botswana Safari and Travel Guide

Honeymoon & safari destinations Victoria Falls
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The Victoria Falls is the world's largest waterfall and the adventure capital of Africa.
 

      Botswana Safari Parks and Reserves

Botswana at a Glance

Elephant Country - Botswana has the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, hunted only by the lions of Savuti. In the dry winter months, elephants congregate in herds too large to count along the flood plains of the Chobe River. 

Wilderness and Safaris - Botswana is one of Africa’s finest safari destinations. Low impact tourism ensures that the country's abundant natural resources remain unspoiled, with vast areas of pristine African wilderness, emerald green wetlands, red desert sands, riverine forests and expansive floodplains. The diverse eco-systems that characterise this wilderness provide for both land and water based safari experiences.

Okavango Delta - The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s finest safari destinations, attracting birding, fishing and safari enthusiasts. Situated in the midst of the Kalahari Desert, the 6,000 square mile Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems. Surrounded by savanna, the Delta provides a natural refuge for a vast and diverse population of wildlife.

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Routes and backroads to explore Botswana by road and off-road. Discover tranquility, adventure, diversity and natural wonders.
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National Parks & Reserves

Botswana has set aside vast tracts of wilderness for conservation - wetlands, salt pans, savanna and woodlands.
Honeymoon & safari destinations Botswana's Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve
Okavango-Moremi is Africa's finest safari destination, attracting birding, fishing and safari enthusiasts.

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Botswana Travel Highlights

Luxury safari camps and lodges
Vast uncrowded private concessions offer accommodation in small luxury camps and lodges and offer high quality safari activities. Each vast unfenced concession is fully integrated into the surrounding wilderness and is operated by the most established and experienced safari outfitters.

Meet the SAN bushmen of the Kalahari
The San (Basarwa) are an ancient culture of hunter-gatherers, living off the most inhospitable of terrains by hunting wild game and gathering roots and tubers.

Wilderness and Wildlife
Visit a selection of exciting game-packed wildlife reserves that feature prominently in tours to the region:

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Water and Land Safaris

Botswana's wilderness is diverse, pristine and expansive. Large tracts of the country (39% in all) are protected and the northern third of the country offers some of Africa's finest game reserves. The Chobe, Linyanti, Kwando and Salinda Rivers - and the waters and wetlands of the Okavango Delta - are teeming with birdlife, reptiles, mammals and fishes. The adjacent floodplains and savannas provide open vistas and superb wildlife viewing and photo opportunities.

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Most of the private wildlife concessions and camps are remote and reached by light aircraft, addiing to the adventure of safari. Off-road tracking of wildlife is available on safaris hosted by the private concession operators. Eco-sensitive safaris in an open landrover provide a perfect balance to the ulitimate safari experience, with endless opportunities for really close encounters with Africa’s big game.

Safari by boat on the Chobe River provides unencumbered views of the teaming birdlife and wildlife along the river banks. Antelope, elephant, buffalo and baboons frequent the water’s edge. The lonely cry of a fish eagle and spectacular sunsets over the water characterize the Chobe.

The beautiful oasis of the Okavango Delta defines another very different experience of a safari on water. Mokoro canoe adventures and even a safari on elephant back are options not to be missed.

Okavango experience

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The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s finest safari destinations, attracting birding, fishing and safari enthusiasts.

Situated in the midst of the Kalahari Desert, the 6,000 square mile Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems - a blue-green wetland of fresh water with papyrus reed beds and towering palms. Wetlands are surrounded by savanna, providing a habitat for a vast and diverse population of wildlife. Each year, the cool crystal waters rise as floodwaters from Angola seep into the delta, providing a new dimension to the Okavango experience. Guests at the waterbased camps are provided with guided mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions, gliding silently between emerald walls of papyrus in this ever changing eden.

Okavango Delta

The delta harbors an estimated 5 million fish and 500 species of birdlife, as well as hippo, crocodile and antelope. Belts of forest surrounding the wetlands are home to herds of larger game including buffalo, elephant and giraffe. Beyond the forest fringe, the savanna has the greatest concentration of game, accompanied by the predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. Antelope of almost every kind can be seen, including wildebeest, sable, roan, kudu and impala.

Moremi Game Reserve is situated within and adjacent to the Delta, consisting of a network of waterways and two large islands. Game viewing within the Park is good throughout the year.
Read more about Moremi and the Okavango Delta.

Kwando, Linyanti, Moremi Game Reserve and Vumburu offer the best opportunity to see Africa's largest surviving population of African Wild Dogs.

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Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park covers 4,500 square miles (11 700 sq Km) of wilderness. It is renowned for having the largest concentration of elephants in Africa and offers an excellent safari experience and high quality accommodation along the Chobe riverfront. This short stretch of the Chobe River is populated by large pods of hippos - and crocodiles are to be seen languishing on the sandbanks. In the dry winter months, hundreds of elephants and large herds of buffalo can be seen gathering on the dry floodplains and along the river banks.

Waterbird sightings are spectacular - and the exquisite sunsets over the water are unsurpassed anywhere in Africa.

The best opportunity for superb sightings of wildlife is along this stretch of the Chobe riverfront and within the Savuti Marsh and Savuti Channel.

Savuti is unique for its unusually large pride of lions (over 30 strong) that specializes in hunting elephants. They started by killing young elephants and the older lone elephants, then moved on to sub-adults - and now habiltually kill healthy adult elephants.

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Conference venues in Botswana

The Gaborone Sun located in the capital city of Gaborone, offers a sophisticated conference centre (up to 500 delegates) with the added advantage of a premium casino.

Within the wilderness and safari regions, Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Game Lodge have capacity to host corporate events of less than 100 delegates. When Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton remarried in 1975, the wedding was held at Chobe Game Lodge.

The hotels and lodges in the vicinity of Livingstone and Victoria Falls (a short distance across the Zambian/Zimbabwe border/s) provide accommodation and facilities for larger events.

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10 More Things to do
in Botswana

 1 Catch tiger fish in the Okavango and Chobe Rivers.
 2 Witness the zebra migration as vast herds move from the saltpans to the Boteti River
 3 Explore exotic baobab trees, Solomon's Wall and wildlife of Botswana's Tuli Block
 4 Learn the customs and tracking skills of the San bushmen of the Kalahari
 5 Experience the flexibility and adventure of a mobile camping safari
 6 Take a Birding Safari in the Delta
 7 Take a mokoro safari (by dugout canoe) and nature walks on the islands of the Okavango
 8 Enjoy spectacular sunsets and the diversity of wildlife of the Chobe River by boat
 9 Explore bush trails on elephant back or on horseback (Botswana and Victoria Falls)
10 Take an trip across the border to Victoria Falls and experience a Zambezi whitewater adventure

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