·· Botswana Safari Guide:
BOTSWANA is possibly the greatest safari destination in Africa. The wildlife regions of Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and Linyanti are world-renowned for their large game concentrations, breathtaking scenery and habitat diversity.
HIGHLIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS
Botswana can rightly claim to be the best safari destination in Africa and the country has become synonymous with luxury safari travel to regions such as the Okavango, Moremi and Chobe. In Botswana, you will not find hordes of tourists hanging out of vans, nor microbus gatherings at great wildlife spectacles. Botswana prides itself of low volumes and high returns, so generally a safari here will cost more than in neighboring countries or East Africa.
The Okavango Delta is a great labyrinth of swamps and waterways flooding into the Kalahari desert. This unique ecosystem draws great herds of animals to its shores and the big five are in abundance. Lodges and camps operate in private concession areas, so the traveler is seldom in contact with other tour groups. Lodges usually cater to 16 guests, and safari activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, walking safaris and makoro canoe safari excursions. In Okavango and neighboring Moremi reserve, there is the opportunity for elephant back, horse back safaris and hot air ballooning.
Chobe in northern Botswana has the greatest herds of elephant in Africa. The area is grass and woodland, with swamps, rivers and marshes. It is a sensible idea to combine the Okavango with an area in the north of Botswana when planning a safari.
The outback capital of the Okavango is Maun, while the northern regions are accessed via Kasane. Both towns have daily flights to Johannesburg, which is the gateway for international flights to Southern Africa. From Maun, the traveler reaches the Okavango safari lodges by air charter. Remote safari camps in Chobe are also accessed by air, while others can be reached by road.
POLITICAL & ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS
Botswana - with a population of under 2 million - is probably Africa's most stable country. A democracy since gaining independence in 1960, the country's wealth is underpinned by the tourism industry and diamond mining. The Botswana Pula is the strongest currency & the nation is often referred to to as "Africa's Switzerland". Travel to all Botswana safari regions is safe and recommended for anyone who seeks the best wildlife experiences in Africa.
For more detailed travel information on Botswana regions such as Mashatu Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari Desert, please view our Botswana Travel pages.
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