Botswana is an exceptionally beautiful country - full of magnificent and unique landscapes and the exciting wildlife that lives there. The land is breathtakingly beautiful and features everything from the scorching desert of the Kalahari to the vibrant and lush waterways of the Okavango Delta.
However, it has a long history of wildlife conservation and its diverse, unspoiled natural beauty, rich cultural history, friendly people and the exciting game spotting opportunities make it a must-visit destination for any safari enthusiast.
If you’re interested in a Botswana safari - here’s our collective choices for where to find Botswana’s most beautiful places and landscapes.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is located in the middle of the dry savanna of northern Botswana. The salt pans restrict anything from growing during certain seasons appear to be completely devoid of anything living. However, during the wet season, the lands become an entirely new place. The barren desert becomes lush and green as well as a vast sheet of water appear.
The wet oasis becomes a destination for thousands of animals - which trample through in search of fresh water and food - making it an ideal location for game spotting.
Okavango Delta is actually the world’s largest inland delta and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Africa. It’s oasis of island, wildlife and lush green vegetation is located in the middle of the dry unforgiving Kalahari Desert.
However, the Moremi Game Reserve is in the heart of the Okavango Delta. It is also one of the most diverse habitats in Botswana and is home to wild dogs, cheetah, lion, elephants, buffalo, hippo and the rare sitatunga. All of the classic African safari animals can be find in this reserve. Make sure you don’t miss the mokoro experience in the Okavango Delta.
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is located in the north-east of Botswana and is one of the three largest parks in Botswana. The park is also one of the most population areas for elephants.
The Chobe River is one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers and is responsible for keeping the park well-watered.
In the southern banks of the Linyanti River is the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve - arguably one of the best game viewing area in Botswana. Whether you are hoping for buffalo, zebra or elephant - you’re sure to spot your favourite here. There is also a wide variety of predators that roam through the area, making for an exciting viewing experience. This location is especially popular during the winter months when the water is scarce. However, during this season, large groups of animals can be seen congregating at the river.
The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid savannah that’s both vast and beautiful. The desert covers much of Botswana and stretches into Namibia as well as South Africa. The name of the desert Kalahari means “large thirst” in the Tswana language.
The desert is home to Big Cats including cheetah, leopard and the Kalahari famous black mane lions. However, the desert is home to three parks and reserves - one of which happens to be a reserve for rare and endangered species such as lion, Africa hyena, wild dogs and cheetahs.
Camping in the Kalahari Game Reserve - you will be overwhelmed by its vastness. Listening to nothing but the sounds of roaring lions, hyenas and other wildlife is an experience that’s truly remarkable.
The Tsodilo Hills
The Tsodilo Hills is located in the north-west of Botswana near the Namibian Border and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of rock art and caves.
There are approximately over 4500 rock painting at the site as well as an estimated 500 individual sites which represent thousands of year of human habitation. However, it is believed that the San people or bushmen created the rock art.