About Botswana Travel
Okavango Delta: This is the world’s largest inland delta, and is seasonal habitat for elephant, blue wildebeest, giraffe, Nile crocodile, lion and hyenas as well as over 400 species of birds. It is subject to seasonal flooding, which can start as early as May, but generally floods do not reach many parts of the delta until mid-to late-June. July and August are the peak flood months. Seasonal water levels mean islands appear and disappear. The Okavango River, with no ocean outlet, is the source of the delta’s water. The region is known for walking safaris and safaris by dugout canoe and boat (water levels permitting), as well as game drives.
Moremi Wildlife Reserve: Moremi is the centerpiece, the gem of the delta and one of the great African game-viewing parks. The wildlife is as varied as the ecosystems – from lechwe, tsessebe and reedbuck that thrive in the floodplain to sable and roan antelope found along the streams. Lion and leopard are very active. Here, too, migrating elephant, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest gather around pools of water during the dry season.
Chobe National Park / Linyanti Wildlife Reserve: In northwest Botswana, Chobe is an expansive wilderness with one of the largest game concentrations left on the African continent. Lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and zebra are here in healthy numbers, but the elephant is the star. As part of the largest continuous elephant herd left in the world, the population is estimated at 120,000, covering most of northern Botswana and northwestern Zimbabwe. They migrate from Chobe and Linyanti rivers in the dry season to the southeast pans during the rains. They are the largest in body size of all elephants. Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, on the Linyanti River, is an exclusive private reserve of 275,000 acres. It is less crowded than Chobe can be. Its varied woodlands and floodplains are home to several species of antelope: roan, sable, the rare red lechwe, and aquatic sitatunga. It is also known for massive herds of elephant. Great herds of zebra graze here before trekking south in November.
Makgadikgadi Pans: Makgadikgadi Pans have a fascinating geological history. The area was once part of an ancient lake that dried up some 10,000 years ago. It is composed of many pans with sandy desert in between. The pans are like no other place on Earth – utterly desolate until the rains come between December and April. The largest single pan is about 1,930 square miles, and is often covered with water. Makgadikgadi Pans is the largest salt flat complex in the world. The area is home to one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations. In the dry season, the Boteti River on the edge of the pans becomes very important in providing an area for wildlife to congregate, since most seasonal ponds and drainages are devoid of water.
Mashatu Game Reserve: In a remote corner of Botswana, where the Limpopo and Shashe rivers meet, Mashatu Game Reserve boasts a wilderness terrain of savannas, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. The privately owned land shelters lion, giraffe, eland, cheetah, ostrich and kori bustard. At night, bat-eared fox, African wildcat and leopard search for prey. Some 366 species of birds have been identified. The reserve has the largest single population (more than 500) of elephants on privately owned land. In this brilliant setting, one can discover unspoiled landscapes in 4 x 4 vehicles, on walking safaris, by mountain bikes or horseback.
Suggested Botswana Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Day 2: Johannesburg / Maun / Okavango Delta
Day 3: Okavango Delta
Day 4: Okavango / Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Day 5: Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Day 6: Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Day 7: Moremi / Maun / Depart
Custom Travel Options
Chobe or Linyanti Reserve (3 days)
These reserves are home to the world's largest remaining populations of elephant.
Makgadikgadi Pans (3 days)
The desolate Makgadikgadi Pans are like no other landscape on Earth. This little-traveled wilderness comes to life with the rains.
Mashatu Game Reserve –Tuli Block (4 days)
This diverse wilderness of savannas, marshland and sandstone outcrops, is home to 75,000-acre Mashatu Private Game Reserve.
Victoria Falls, Zambia (3 days)
Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River offer a wealth of adventure opportunities from whitewater rafting, to a gorgeous sunset river cruise, to an awe-inspiring microlite flight above the falls and the Zambezi River.