If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, then Botswana is the ideal African safari destination. Priding itself in its ‘high quality, low impact’ travel philosophy, you’ll avoid bumping into tourists and enjoy a feeling of exclusivity.
Botswana has so much to offer, in fact, is believed to have the biggest population of elephants in Africa. If you’re thinking of going to this Southern African destination, here’s how you can spend two weeks in Botswana.
Spend nine days in the Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve
Best time to go: During the dry, winter months from July to October for high-quality game viewing
Chobe National Park
One of Africa’s premier wildlife destinations, the 11,000 square kilometre Chobe National Park is made up of a variety of different ecosystems - riverine forest, rocky outcrops and floodplains.
Chobe is also the Botswana’s oldest and most diverse National Park. Some of the wildlife on show here include giraffe, impala, zebra, cheetah, wild dog lion and many more.
What to see in the Chobe National Park
If you want to see elephants, then the Chobe National Park should be right on top of your list. It’s estimated that Chobe’s elephant population ranges between 45,000 and 75,000.
The best way to see them is to go on a boat cruise down the Chobe River, where these massive herbivores bathe and rehydrate.
Where to stay in the Chobe National Park
Camp Linyanti, Chobe National Park
Camp Linyanti is located in the north-eastern part of the Chobe National Park. The Linyanti area is known for being one of the best game viewing areas in Botswana.
Ngoma Safari Lodge
Ngoma Safari Lodge is located in the Chobe Forest Reserve, only five kilometres away from the Namibian border. Offering eight suites boasting ultimate privacy, you’re able to look over the Chobe River, keeping an eye on any species of wildlife that comes for a drink.
Images of the Chobe National Park
The Okavango Delta
Also known as the river that never finds the sea, the Okavango Delta is a group of channels flowing through Botswana. Eventually, the river reaches and ends in the Kalahari desert. The Okavango Delta is the third largest alluvial fan in Africa and still an untransformed wetland system. The delta is also UNESCO’s 1000th World Heritage Site.
What to see in the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta attracts a high diversity of wildlife. On a Botswana safari in the Okavango Delta, you might see lions, cheetahs, leopards, African wild dogs, buffalos, giraffes and elephants around the water. Hippo’s and crocodiles can also be seen lurking in the waters of the delta.
Where to stay in the Okavango Delta
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Okavango Delta
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is located at the border of the Moremi Game Reserve. From the camp, you’ll be provided with breathtaking views of the Okavango Delta.
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Okavango Delta
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge looks out on the plains of the Okavango Delta. You’ll wake up with the sound of animals around you and spot them from the lodge.
Images of the Okavango Delta
Moremi Game Reserve
The Moremi Game Reserve covers the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. Its landscape contains forests, lagoons, islands and floodplains.
What to see in the Moremi Game Reserve
A safari to the Moremi Game Reserve can be done all year round. While going on a safari you might spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, wild dogs, zebras and many more.
Bird watching is also highly regarded at the Moremi Game Reserve, there is a high diversity of bird species as well. Over 500 bird species are recorded in the reserve.
Where to stay in the Moremi Game Reserve
Camp Moremi, the Moremi Game Reserve
Camp Moremi is located in the Xakanaxa area of the Moremi Reserve. The camp offers you a real feeling of the African wilderness. From your tent, you’ll be able to look over the Xakanaxa Lagoon.
Okuti, Moremi Game Reserve
Okuti is located along the Maunachira River in the Xakanaxa area in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. It offers great views on the river from your room. Travellers can also venture through the lagoons and winding waterways of the Okavango Delta.
Images of the Moremi Game Reserve
Spend five days in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Best time to go: The best time to visit the central Kalahari Game Reserve is between March and May.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve will give you a feeling of having an unending space for yourself. In Southern Africa, it is the most remotely situated and largest reserve. Besides, it is the second largest wildlife reserve in the world.
What to see in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The park was recently opened after 30 years of being closed to public visitors. Now, each year only a small amount of visitors enter the region.
Directly after and during the summer rains, the northern part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is full of wildlife. The flat grasslands attract large herds of springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, hartebeest, eland and giraffe. During the rest of the year, the animals are more spread over the whole reserve.
Where to stay in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Tau Pan, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Tau Pan was one of the first safari camps built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The camp is built by taking the delicate ecologies into account. From the camp incredible views of the sand dunes can be seen. Tau Pan offers a lot of activities for its visitors.
Lebala, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Lebala is located in the south of the Kwando concession. ‘Lebala’ means ‘wide open spaces’. From your own viewing deck in your tent, you can look over the spacious sand dunes of Botswana.
Images of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve