The Kalahari Desert comprises much of Botswana, while in the north the miracle of The Okavango Delta is an unusual and very beautiful, lush oasis of diverse habitats. This large wetland teems with life in an otherwise dry and inhospitable environment. Heavy rains in the Angolan highlands to the North precipitate an annual flood resulting in fresh water flowing inland, turning the Kalahari sand into a maze of lagoons and channels. During the flood peak the delta’s area can expand to over 16,000 km² – a stark contrast to the less than 9,000 km² in the low period.
The famous Moremi Game Reserve lies within and to the east of the Delta, and hosts a feast of game due to the vast amount of water in the region. The wildlife areas of Chobe, Linyanti and Selinda to the north form a wonderful contrast to the Okavango, offering game filled grasslands, forests, and dry woodlands.
To further contrast this diverse country, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offer a look at the complexity and vastness of this barren landscape, while the Makgadikgadi Saltpans with their moon-like expanse provide a unique experience. For a few months a year, these pans fill with water, turning itself into a breeding ground for birdlife, and attract herds of game to its grasslands.
Largely off-the-beaten track, Botswana is a haven for wildlife and especially elephants. This unique and diverse eco-system truly offers the visitor one of Africa’s most exquisite game viewing opportunities.
Best Game Viewing Months: The best time for game viewing in the Okavango Delta is during the period between May and October. The most impressive month is August, when the champagne-colored water is at its deepest. The best time for birding and vegetation is during the rainy season between November and April when most of the young are born.
Book well in advance during peak season (May to October) to avoid disappointment!
For those wanting to explore a variety of safari destinations in one itinerary, a visit to Botswana does just that. Starting off at Victoria Falls for a few days, visitors will then be treated to 9 nights on safari in Chobe National Park, The Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. All these destinations offer unique safari experiences and activities.
2 Nights Victoria Falls, 3 Nights Chobe, 3 Nights Okavango Delta and 3 Nights Moremi.
The best of Southern Africa in 2 1/2 weeks visiting 4 countries. With each destination offering a completely unique experience, this is a great option for those looking for a once in a lifetime trip to Africa to see as much as possible. Enjoy 4 nights in the magical city of Cape Town, 4 nights in the wilderness of spectacular Namibia, 5 nights in 2 diverse safari locations in Botswana and end off with 2 nights at Victoria Falls visiting this world heritage site. 4 nights Cape Town, 4 nights Namibia, 5 nights Botswana on safari, 2 nights Victoria Falls
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