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Forming the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park as well as much of Botswana’s border with Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, the Chobe River is an integral part of the Botswana safari experience and combines easily with the Okavango Delta and Kalahari.
This section is the scene for some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa as well as providing a safe haven for the continent’s greatest concentration of elephant, hippo, herds of buffalo and lion.
Plan your Chobe safari carefully – the best time to visit is during Botswana’s dry season (July – October) when game concentration is at its highest. During this season expect huge herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope, plus a full range of predators such as wild dog, crocodile, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena.
During the low season (December – March) you won’t see massive concentrations of animals, but the resident wildlife are still in abundance.
Look forward to some exciting activities such as driving along the game-dotted river banks or cruise along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife.
Moremi Game Reserve rests on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and was named after Chief Moremi of the Botswana tribe. The reserve covers 5,000 square kilometres and is a surprisingly diverse reserve, combining mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. Only about 30% of the reserve is in the mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.
The reserve is the best place to experience unrivalled views of savannah game, as well as bird watching on the lagoons. Enjoy game drives and nature walks that will give you the opportunity to spot an incredibly varied spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope.
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, consists of salt pans with an area of 3,900 square kilometres and is situated in the middle of the dry savanna, in north-east Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world.
Game viewing is at its best during the wet season, when the migratory birds such as ducks, geese and Great White Pelicans. The rains transform the salt pans into a magnificent lake attracting an abundance of wildlife and large flocks of gloriously pink flamingos.
The area is also renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park, as well as a variety of predators. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, a tour to the Gweta, and bush walks to historic sites – guided by experienced Bushmen trackers.