Why We Love BotswanaJune 30, 2020
From the seemingly barren Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the watery paradise of the Okavango Delta – and the many other wonderful wild places in between – Botswana is one of the most colourful and diverse jewels in Africa’s wilderness crown.
This landlocked Southern African country is considered by many as one of Africa’s top destinations for a holiday spent in the great outdoors. It is home to the continent’s greatest concentration of elephants in the Chobe National Park and is a stronghold of some of its largest predators in the Moremi Game Reserve, located in eastern Okavango Delta. Not only is Botswana serious big game country, the birdlife is amazing and puts on an extra special show during the breeding season in the wet summer months.
These are just four of the reasons why we love Botswana, and suspect you either already do or will too when you visit one day:
We love the winter game-viewing
During the winter months, the drier weather shakes the trees and bushes bare, leaving animals and birds without many places to hide, which makes for greater opportunities for successful sightings.
Scarce water in most of the country’s major parks means wildlife congregate in large numbers at reliable water sources in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park. As zebra and impala gather at these few available waterholes, predators capitalise on this chance to take down the ungulates when they are at their most vulnerable.
We love the birdlife of summer
Botswana is considered a year-round birding destination, with the wide range of habitats homing equally varied water-birds and dry-country specials.
It is during the summer months and flooding of the Okavango Delta that see water-birds, in particular, gathering to fish, mate and nest in a watery playground. From November to March, the Makgadikgadi Pans receive the rains along with impressive flocks of greater and lesser pink flamingos that breed on the pans.
We love the endless photographic opportunities
Botswana is photogenic no matter what time of year you visit!
During winter, soft light, clear skies and great game-viewing makes this a wonderful time for photographers eager for that perfect shot. Then, in summer, the short afternoon showers bring greenness to the landscape creating picture-perfect settings. There is a profusion of colourful wildflowers and dramatic light following thunderstorms, which make for good photography.
We love the fun and adventure
A mokoro ride is the ultimate Delta activity, experiencing this lush landscape from a viewpoint somewhat similar to the hippos you share the channels and lagoons with.
Boating on Chobe River is a wonderful way to get up close to water-birds that go about their day along the riverbanks or even pass safely by elephants that may be crossing through or simply having a swim in the river. On solid ground, game drives make for the traditional wildlife-viewing safari, while stepping out into the bush on a guided walk offers a different perspective and can be that much more exhilarating.
If you are ready to start planning a futuresafari to Botswana – or anywhere else in Africa – we look forward to helping you make the most of your trip, smoothly and safely.
All images courtesy of Desert & Delta Safaris.
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