While this landlocked country is home to some exceptionally attractive landscapes including red sands dunes and the world’s largest salt pans. Botswana is occupied with expansive open savannahs which teem with roaming mammals and their predators providing a much more natural game experience.From a lush Okavango delta to a Chobe National Park with its abundance of game these are some of the tourist destinations you can visit including the following.
Described as the ‘river which never finds the sea’ and ‘the jewel of the Kalahari’, the Okavango Delta is a huge expanse of water in northern Botswana, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland river delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands and reed banks, the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo and crocodile, amongst others. The best way to see the delta is by mokoro, traditionally a canoe dug out from a large tree, today a more environmentally friendly version. Relax and take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife, whilst your poler navigates the maze of waterways. The swamps and surrounding area can be navigated in a 4x4.
Stretching around 360,000 square miles across Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the Kalahari Desert is not a desert in the strictest sense of the word. Also visit for the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, one of the world’s largest game reserves. Animals that have adapted to the extremely dry conditions in the Kalahari include meerkats; gemsbok, a large member of the antelope family; social weavers, a type of bird; and the Kalahari lion.
The pans themselves are salty desert whose only plant life is a thin layer of blue-green algae and Very little wildlife can exist here during the harsh dry season of strong hot winds and only salt water, but following a rain the pan becomes an important habitat for migrating animals including wildebeest and one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations, and the large predators that prey on them. The wet season also brings migratory birds such as ducks, geese and Great White Pelicans. The pan is home of one of only two breeding populations of Greater Flamingos in southern Africa, and only on the Soa pan, which is part of the Makgadikgadi pans.
One of the most popular destinations on the Makgadikgadi is Kubu island, a rocky outcrop near the south-western shore of Sowa pan. This crescent-shaped island is about one kilometre long, and its slopes are littered with fossil beaches of rounded pebbles, an indication of the prehistoric lake’s former water levels. Many rocks on the island are covered in fossilised guano, from the water birds that once perched here. Fantastically shaped baobabs perch on the island, and they are surrounded by the white salt surface of the pan, making for a unique otherworldly atmosphere. Apart from the eerie isolation of this remote area - and its awesome beauty, Kubu is rich in archaeological and historical remains that chronicle both early human inhabitation and more recent history.
The Chobe River is a rather complex waterway. About 20km as the crow flies from Chobe Game Lodge the Chobe River meets the Zambezi River (the meeting of the four countries Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and us in Botswana) which eventually flows over the Victoria Falls and into Mozambique and the Indian Ocean. Chobe River is a rather complex maze of channels and marshes from the moment it rises in Angola to not long before reaching Chobe Game Lodge.