Game Holidays in Botswana – Part 3
The final part of our blog about great game holidays that you can undertake in Botswana, features more top destinations that you must consider when planning your trip to safari. Botswana has a rich and diverse landscape that offers not only wonderful wildlife but cultural opportunities to do and see.
Nxai Pan National Park
The Nxai Pan National Park is one of the great conservation areas of Botswana. The giant salt pan is located in the northeast of Botswana and is part of the larger Makgadikgadi salt pans. The time you choose to visit this marvelous place is critical as seasonal rains that hit the grassy plains leads to large herds of migrating animals from the south.
In one way the weather is rather inclement, but on the other hand the variety of wildlife that is abundant at this time is simply fabulous. Many predators descend on the park to stalk new prey, and it all adds up to an ultimate experience for the visitor. As well as elephants, zebra and cheetah in abundance, there is some spectacular acacia vegetation to also enjoy.
Caprivi is technically in Namibia but is really close to the border on the north with Botswana. It is a good alternative location to explore all that Botswana has to offer. Sometimes Caprivi acts as a sort of transit destination for those who wish to go to the Chobe National Park. Caprivi is more than a transit staging post, it has some fine attractions of its own, suggestions are the Bwabwata National Park, Mamili and Mudumu. These three places offer great Big Game viewing and it has a great diversity of other wildlife also.
Located on the western part of the great Chobe National Park is Linyanti, which is a private reserve that happens to be a stunningly beautiful and picturesque safari destination. The private park has extensive grasslands, stunning floodplains and even palm islands.
The border between Linyanti and Chobe National Park is not protected and has no fencing, which allows for roaming wildlife such as elephants to cross between the two parks freely. Other wildlife that have been regularly spotted in Linyati are hippo, eland, Cape buffalo, impala, giraffe and zebra.
Savute exists within the Chobe National Park, hugging its northern boundaries all the way to the scenic Linyanti River. Savute has been bereft of water for over thirty years and the landscape became dry and arid with only artificial waterholes giving sustenance to the local wildlife.
Today the landscape of Savute is very different and there are spectacular landscapes of marshlands and lush green vegetation. The native wildlife roam freely, and one of the ultimate highlights of going to Savute is that it is one of the top places in Botswana to see the majestic zebra migration coming down from the northern areas of Botswana.
Another striking place in Savute is Gubatsa Hills, where a plethora of birds can be seen among other fabulous wildlife. These great places all make Botswana one of the top places to visit in Africa for a safari and will thoroughly reward any people that make the effort to go.