Botswana Tourism & Wildlife Attractions
If your search for vacation destinations with wildlife and African safaris, Botswana stands out. Located in the heart of Southern Africa, Botswana is synonymous with untamed wilderness. Nearly 38% of the total land area is dedicated to National Parks, Reserves and wildlife management areas. It deserves a mention that most of the area is unfenced that allows the wild inhabitants roam around freely.
Botswana is a vast area and if you don’t have unlimited holidays, here is a small guide that points out the areas you should not miss. We have divided the total area in four divisions – Northern Botswana, Eastern Botswana, Kgalagadi/Central and Southern Botswana. It is a hard task describing all the details in a limited space so we are giving you the highlights.
Botswana Wildlife Attractions
Start with Okavango Delta that is situated in the deep of Kalahari Basin. Touted as the ‘jewel’ of Kalahari, Okavango Delta is one of the most popular wilderness destinations of the world. There are mainly three geographical areas: the Panhandle, the Delta and dryland.
Other tourist activities include fishing and birding. A mokoro ride (small canoes) is another ‘must do’. Since you are in the wild, it is strongly recommended to have an experienced guide to avoid the danger of the wilderness getting the better of you. Game viewing is another major draw but then it depends on season and availability of food and water.
Moremi Game Reserve can be the next on the list. The only officially protected place in Okavango Delta, this reserve stretches around 3900 sq kms and carries special importance for scientific, environmental and conservation reasons. The reserve is a ideal place to enjoy game viewing and bird watching with more than 400 species of birds including migratory and even endangered.
Travellers who enjoy extreme isolation and absolute wilderness can spend few days at small and private camps at Kwando, Selinda and Linyanti that is almost untouched by civilized world.
Nearly all types of antelope and predators can be found here depending, on the season, and food and water availability. Some of these include reedbuck, impala, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck. Lucky ones can find the rare and shy sitatunga. Lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, jackal, serval and caracal are also seen here.
River cruise at Chobe National Park should be one of your other destination. Enjoying the African wilderness on a cruise can be one of the most memorable voyages in your life.