Botswana is a game viewing paradise, with vast herds of animals crossing the unspoilt plains of the Kalahari Desert into the Okavango Delta each year.
It is a country of contradictory landscapes – rolling grasslands, desert wilderness, salt pans and lush wetlands. The Kalahari, an expanse of sandy valleys, envelops nearly 85% of the country, covering the entire central and south western regions. In northern Botswana, the Okavango River flows in from Namibia, quenching the thirsty sands to form the world’s largest inland delta.
The Chobe River and myriad of waterways that make up the delta provide a year round water supply in an otherwise arid region. The unique ecosystem acts as an animal magnet, drawing in almost every species of mammal and bird known to southern Africa. Watch elephants graze on the Chobe floodplains, brown hyenas on the isle of Moremi, meerkats on the Makgadikgadi salt pans and herds of wildebeest traversing the Nxai Pan National Park, all in search of stable food and water supplies.
Botswana offers incredible game viewing both in the wet and dry season. About 15% of the country is dedicated to expertly managed animal sanctuaries, permanently teeming with wildlife. If you’re in search of magnificent scenery and want to go on safari in a remote area where game abounds, then Botswana is the ideal holiday location.
When to go
Botswana is a year round destination with no real rainy season. The coldest months are March to August but temperatures are generally high throughout the year. There will always be opportunities for game viewing regardless of when you visit.