|Botswana embodies the essence
and spirit of SAFARI and arouses
images of close encounters with the BIG
is an idyllic exposition of lazy lagoons,
palm-filled islands and dense forests –
a wonderland that has long been one of Botswana’s
richest attractions. Excellent game viewing
and bird watching opportunities are supported
by a variety of luxury lodges that makes this
the ultimate safari destination.
The MOREMI GAME RESERVE,
which lies within the Okavango’s eastern
boundary, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful
and varied reserves on the African continent
and boasts huge concentrations of wildlife.
The expanse of land that comprises
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN OKAVANGO
stretches from the permanent wetlands of the
north, characterized by wide river channels
and broad lagoons, to the dry woodlands of
CHIEF’S ISLAND, where
huge herds of game populate grassy floodplains.
North of the delta, the Okavango
flows between two parallel faults creating
a shallow valley called the OKAVANGO
PANHANDLE. The village SHAKAWE
marks one of the best game fishing spots in
southern Africa. The wide, deep, and fast
flowing water is ideal for catching tiger
fish and bream. Bird watching opportunities
are also excellent.
Taking its name from the Chobe
River, the CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
teems with an astonishing variety of wildlife.
The park comprises four areas that offer different
landscapes and distinct wildlife experiences:
- The CHOBE RIVER FRONTAGE
plays host to huge herds of elephants and
buffalo as well as sizeable prides of lion.
Kudu, sable, roan, letchwe, impala and over
440 species of birds can also be seen.
- Grassy woodlands dotted with
pans, NOGATSAA and TCHINGA
lie south of the Chobe River frontage. The
fact that the pans in these regions hold
water for months after the rainy season
make them interesting alternative game viewing
areas in Botswana.
is situated in a forgotten corner of the
Chobe National Park and is a secluded paradise.
The Linyanti Swamp covers an area of over
900 square kilometers and boasts plentiful
wildlife, especially during Botswana’s
dry winter months.
- SAVUTI lies
in the southwestern corner of the Chobe
National Park and is recognized as a prime
game viewing area.
In addition to the Okavango,
Botswana plays host to another remarkable
ecological wonder. The KALAHARI,
encompassing 80% of the country, is as an
area covered by wind-blown desert sand. The
Kgalagadi, as it is known in Setswana, is
the largest expanse of its kind in the world
and is home to four of Botswana’s major
game reserves. These parks play a vital role
in protecting the country’s plant and
- The KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER
PARK became one of the largest
parks in the world when Botswana and South
Africa merged their adjacent parks into
a single ecological unit.
- The smaller adjoining park
of MABUASEHUBE is peppered
with pans and offers solitude and silence
in addition to remarkable wildlife.
- The vast CENTRAL
KALAHARI GAME RESERVE, with DECEPTION
VALLEY in the north, receives worthy
attention from visitors.
- KHUTSE GAME RESERVE,
which adjoins its southern boundary, has
equally compelling landscapes and wildlife
The MAKGADIKGADI PAN,
once a massive super-lake stretching over
60 000 square kilometers of what are now dry,
salt-crusted pans, is brought to life in the
summer. The rain sees thousands of water birds
flocking to the pan’s shallow pools.
Hundreds of pelicans and flamingos jostle
at the water’s edge.
Major pans that are also worthy
of mention include Ntwetwe, Sowa and Nxai.
Once part of the lake complex, NXAI
PAN now offers a distinct experience
in the form of broad sweeps of short sweet
grass that attracts large herds of springbok
and impala followed by predators’ watchful
has so much to offer, so much to see, and
there is so much to learn. This is a traveler’s