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Botswana Attractions And Landmarks Guide
Landlocked Botswana, wedged between South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, is the home of one of the latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Okavango Delta, and has also gained worldwide recognition in the wake of the highly successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book and TV series. But for safari-goers, the Okavango Delta, which floods annually from June to October and attracts countless animals, is the biggest draw. If Botswana’s your number one safari choice, let Stride help match you to the guided trip that will introduce you to this remarkable destination, without the hassle.
Perhaps taking a cue from the crowded game parks of East Africa, Botswana has made it a national policy to limit mass tourism and, in so doing, caters primarily to upscale travelers. This doesn’t mean that budget travelers are completely locked out, but it does mean that prices are generally higher in Botswana than in many other safari regions. Politically, the sparsely populated country is stable and safe for travelers, and scenically, it remains mostly unspoiled wilderness; many of the game parks are unfenced, allowing animals to roam free. Conservation and the environment are taken seriously here, and eco-tourism is the watchword at Botswana’s excellent safari lodges.
Botswana is largely a desert country, and lacks a coastline, but it does harbor a remarkable water feature that’s one of Africa’s great natural wonders, the Okavango Delta. Each winter in northern Botswana, primarily in July and August, the Okavango River, swollen from the preceding rainy season, floods the delta, forming an unlikely oasis in the vast Kalahari Desert. The flood waters attract animals who gather in the hundreds of thousands to drink at this huge seasonal watering hole in the otherwise dry winter months.
Delta wildlife includes the Big Five -- Cape buffalo, lions, leopards, elephants, and both black and white rhinos, which are making a slow comeback here -- as well as hippos, giraffes, wildebeest,cheetahs, zebras, crocodiles, hyenas, antelopes, warthogs, baboons and more. In all, the delta harbors more than 120 species of mammals. Prolific bird life is a bonus: the delta harbors as many as 500 species.
While 4X4 game drives, walking safaris and night safaris are offered here, the ultimate treat is to travel through the delta’s narrow channels by traditional dugout canoe, known as a mokoro. Poled through the shallow water by experienced oarsmen, the mokoros glide slowly along, coming sometimes perilously close to hippos and crocodiles but providing otherwise unattainable photo ops. Motorized boats are also available for those nervous in a canoe, though you lose some of peace and tranquility.
Best Big Game Viewing
The Moremi Game Reserve, a national park located on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, offers the best big game viewing in the area, and most guided trips combine it with visits to other parts of the delta. If it’s elephants in abundance that you seek, you’ll want to include nearby Chobe National Park on your itinerary. Chobe, which lies along the Zambezi, is elephant central in all of Africa, with great herds roaming the park. (Chobe’s Savuti channel is famous for its elephant-eating lions.)
To really get off the beaten track, head to arid southern Botswana, where the huge, uncrowded Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers a chance to view desert-adapted wildlife. The Kalahari’s enormous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, shimmering white as far as the eye can see, are another attraction of this region. And in the far south of the country, near the South African border, the Mashatu Game Reserve, the largest private reserve in southern Africa, showcases lions, leopards and cheetahs.
Ready to make Botswana your safari choice? Let Stride help you sort through all the possibilities, to choose the guided trip that will show you the best of Botswana.
313 Botswana Tour Reviews - Summary
We enjoyed the tour October 20174.0
Operator On The Go Tours
Wonderful Wildlife of Botswana August 20164.0
Being almost in touching distance of lions and leopards with their kills while they pretty much ignored us. And this in an open sided vehicle !
The leader was an excellent cook with good organisation. He also turned his hand to bush mechanic when the support truck needed repair.
There are long drives in open vehicles so be prepared for wind. Also there are times it is dangerous to leave the tent at night so be prepared for that too.
Travel light - you can get laundry done at Victoria Falls.
We may have been lucky with the amount of wildlife we saw but it made the trip well worth while.
The camp beds are pretty comfortable.
Operator Exodus Travels
A great way to see Africa for the first time July 20164.0
Operator G Adventures
The trip was exciting and exhausting September 20154.0
Operator Intrepid Travel
Joburg to Vic Falls to oburg 18 day Basix
Tent design is a problem November 20163.0
Operator Intrepid Travel
Beautiful Botswana.. August 20163.0
We all got on well as a group.
Weather was superb!
The Bush Camps made the holiday for me!
Set amongst stunning scenery, the noises, the camp fire (Mellows cooking!) FANTASTIC.
Indeed a mention to Sam, Mellow and the "Pole Boys" et al. Fantastic guides and hosts! made the holiday that bit more special / enjoyable.
A couple of points to bring up, That, I guess? Knocked my rating from a potential "Excellent" down to a "Good"
As I have read in previous reviews. The Vehicle was in NO WAY SUITABLE!! for our sized group (11 of us!)
No room for legs! Let alone bags on your squashed knees, for some times seven to eight hours journeys.
Don't get me wrong, I love bush camping and roughing it, the rougher the journey the better as far as I am concerned, But for ELEVEN people squashed like sardines in that vehicle was a bit absurd. That also impacted on the Photography issue too, little space etc.
The other point was, We where fortunate to have a great guide in Sam!!!
But the driver / guide who joined us for the second week, was err NOT so good! I shall leave it at that, other than to say, That some times we felt it impacted on us viewing possibly LESS wildlife than we could have?!
Wildlife as we know, Is not a given.. BUT..I left feeling a tad disappointed with what we did / didn't see.
So many.. Probably the Wild dogs sighting for me..
He was a great guy!!
Helpful, Organised, Knowledgable.
Although a bit on the quiet and invisible side at times.
Great trip! I'd recommend it to anyone!!
Just try and go with EIGHT or fewer people in the group!
Also, Be prepared for the second guides "Colouring book chats" in the middle of a game drive?! GRR...Apple Blossom, Dirt, Poo, History, Bushes, Leaves, Grass, Geology, Ants, Air etc, etc...... chats
He likes to test you too, So read up or else!! Because remember people... "What you see is what you get!!!" ;) ;)
Take Sweets for the long journeys.
There is ample laundry chances, so no need to take loads of clothes.
You will need some thing to cover your face with on a couple of the drives, It is like hot air sky diving with the air in your face :)
Also..We found Moremi almost devoid of ANY wildlife at all at times?? (including birds or anything!)
So keep an open mind and enjoy the termite mounds! :p
Operator Exodus Travels
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