There are many trips and safaris in the magical kingdom of Botswana that the tourist can consider. After all, Botswana is one of the best countries in Africa to take a game safari, all the big game can be seen in this giant landlocked country, you just have to pick where you want to go.
Wildlife & Wilderness
If you are looking for true wilderness then you should head out to Maun and take a fourteen-day tour to see the Big Cats. This tour will take you into the wild wilderness of Botswana and into the Okavango Delta. Your search for the Big Cats will cross the Savuti Marsh and take in the Moremi reserve, including the Chobe River.
The Okavango Delta is a huge inland delta which happens to be one of Botswana favorite safari destinations. You can get to the delta by either air or road safaris and then marvel at the crystal-clear waters that all make for a rather unique safari.
One activity you simply must partake of is to paddle a traditional Mokoro dugout canoe through the channels that crisscross the delta. As well as the spectacular fauna and flora slipping by on each bank, you will also catch a glimpse of leopards, lions, cheetahs and the African wild dogs.
The accommodation in the Okavango Delta is of high quality in luxury lodges, so you can relax after a hard day’s sightseeing. Most visitors wish to paddle to the delta in a Mokoro, take a bushwalking safari and to experience a traditional game drive.
Moremi Game Reserve
The Moremi Game Reserve is in the east of the Okavango Delta and is a great place for a safari tour. The Reserve was named after the famous chief of the BaTawana tribe who have lived in this region for centuries. A safari to the reserve will take in the great animals as well as offering a truly cultural experience.
The wildlife moves freely around the Moremi Reserve, and with the Reserve taking in both wetlands and dry ecosystems, it means that the variety of wildlife is considerable. One of the main destinations that safari hunters head to is Chief’s Island that can really only be accessed by Mokoro. Leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant and lion can all be seen here as well as a profusion of wild birds.
Makgadikgadi Pans are large salt pans right in the north of Botswana in the large, dry savanna plains. The Pans are home to a fossilized lake and are one of the largest salt pans in the world. Within this vast and desolate place there are two prominent places to visit.
Firstly, the Makgadikgadi Game Reserve hosts an abundance of wildlife with the marvelous Nxai Plains National Park featuring many rare flora and fauna. Wildlife that is common here are wildebeest and zebra, and most safari visitors come here to witness the unique migration which is definitely a bucket list experience. We make our departure from Makgadikgadi Pans and head to part three of our blog of the best game holidays in Botswana.