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chobe region botswana

Why visit Botswana

Botswana is one of the greatest safari destinations in Africa blessed with some of the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on earth; wild and organic without fences. Approximately 40% of the land falls within a wildlife protected area and these areas offer a sanctuary for the world’s largest concentration of elephant, and other endangered mammals such as the black rhino and African wild dog. Botswana is also home to the world’s largest inland Delta – The Okavango Delta – a place of incredible beauty and diversity where the waters are swallowed by the Kalahari Sand after passing through the system. Botswana lies at the heart of the Kalahari Desert with most of the country covered by desert sands. Another unique aspect of Botswana is the presence of rivers attracting large quantities of different wildlife in what is effectively a desert. Some of the rivers interconnect whilst some simply dissipate. Central Botswana was once part of a massive inland lake, the remnants of which are still visible in the unique geological features such as the largest salt pans in the world, the Makgadikgadi, a place of fascinating wildlife and endless horizons.

Lion: Picture Arne Muller

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Where to go in Botswana

Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park is in the Northern part of Botswana and lies along the Chobe River, which borders Botswana and Namibia. Chobe National Park is the second largest park in Botswana and home to Africa’s largest elephant population. Chobe is undoubtedly the best place in Africa to view herds of elephants, particularly in the water. Chobe is rich in ecosystems, diverse landscapes and an abundance of wildlife and birdlife all find refuge around the Chobe River. There are equally large herds of buffalo and zebra to be found here. The park also offers great lion and leopard sightings, while the river has a thriving colony of hippos and crocodiles. The park also hosts more unusual antelope species such as Roan and Sable, Puku, Tsessebe, Eland, Red Lechwe, Waterbuck, and the rare Chobe Bushbuck.

Okavango Delta
The Okavango is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The Okavango Delta is a unique labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels. The Okavango Delta – a phenomenon that can be observed by astronauts in space – is the largest inland delta in the world and a magnet for the wildlife who depend on the permanent waters. On the mainland and among the islands in the delta, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a variety of antelope and other smaller animals. The Okavango’s water is remarkably clean since it passes through very sparsely populated areas on its journey from Angola.

Moremi and Savuti
Moremi consists mainly of the Okavango River Delta where makoro (dug out canoes) trips can be taken through the labyrinth of reed channels offering a unique experience viewing wildlife from the water.

Savuti is a drier with huge Baobab trees. There is a large floodplain with size depicted by the quantity of water pushing through from the delta. Home to large herds of elephants, wild dog, leopard and large numbers of plains game.

Makgadikgadi Pans
The salt pans of Botswana provide some of the most dramatic scenery in Botswana. The salt pans of Makgadikgadi along with the Nxai Pans are considered the largest in the world. One of Africa’s biggest zebra populations makes this vista of white sand and salt their home. In Winter, when it is dry, the entire surface dances with mirages, while in the summer months, pale green shoots appear, and more than 50 000 wildebeest and Zebra migrate here. When rains fall during the wet season, the pans are filled with water and attract large flocks of flamingos, as well as big herds of zebra, springbok and wildebeest, followed closely by predators, making for fantastic game viewing.

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Male lion (Panthera leo) crossing marshland, side view

When to visit Botswana

During the dry season and winter (May to October), the vegetation is less and animals concentrate around waterholes and rivers, making wildlife sightings easier. The skies are clear, rainfall is rate and there are fewer mosquitoes. It gets cold at night and in the mornings – pack warm clothing during June, July and August for morning game drives.

 

During the wet season and summer (November to April), the scenery is greener. Wildlife is easier to spot in the dry season, there will be plenty sightings of newborn animals and birds migrating. Rains are mostly short afternoon showers, except for January and February when the rain can continue for days. It gets very hot in October and November.

For updated weather forecasts across Africa, please visit www.africanweather.net

Most Popular Tours In Botswana

10 Day Botswana Luxury Tented Camp Photographic Safari

10 days
The overriding goals of the Photographic Safari (other than you having a good time!) are to teach you about both technical and compositional aspects of photography which will enable you to perfect those “classic” wildlife portraits and also open the door to more creative techniques such as panning, use of light, capturing birds in flight and animal behaviour.
  • Starts:Maun
  • Ends:Kasane
  • Group Size: Max 6
  • Local Payment: N/A
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From USD 3,125.00 pps (please note that price varies per month of travel)

8 Day Okavango and Chobe Camping Safari

8 days
From the mighty Victoria Falls, to the wildlife havens of the Chobe and Okavango Delta; through Nata and the Rhino Sanctuary and ending in Egoli, the city of Gold; this is an incredible safari. Jam packed with adventure and wildlife in just over a week, this is a trip that cannot be missed. 
  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends:Victoria Falls
  • Group Size: Max 18
  • Local Payment:N/A
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2018 Rates from ZAR 11,650 pps and Activity Package ZAR 6,870 pp. 2019 Rates from ZAR 13,950 pps and Activity Package ZAR 3,590 pp

56 Day Eastern & Southern Africa Budget Camping Adventure

56 days
Every highlight imaginable from Naiorbi thourgh to Cape Town. Gorilla trekking, Serengeti, Zanzibar, Vic Falls, Chobe and the Okavango Delta, the Namib and beautiful Cape Town.
  • Starts: Nairobi
  • Ends: Cape-Town
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment:2018 Rate USD 2,190 pps
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2018 Rates from ZAR 46,700 pps and USD 2,190 Local Payment and Gorilla Trekking Permit (Optional) From USD 720 - USD 780

42 Day Eastern & Southern Africa Budget Camping Safari

42 days
We travel from the bustling capital of Nairobi to the mother city of Cape Town. In between we search for the “big five” in world renowned game parks, relax on white-sand beaches, snorkel the magnificent reefs on Zanzibar, and enjoy the tranquil setting along Lake Malawi. Southern Africa doesn’t disappoint with the majestic Victoria Falls, the highest sand dunes in the world in Namibia and impressive Table Mountain.
  • Starts: Nairobi
  • Ends:Cape Town
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment:2018 Rate UDS 1,700
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2018 Rates from ZAR 32,300 pps and local payment USD 1,700 pps

6 Day Botswana Accommodated Safari

6 days
A short Safari that starts in Victoria Falls and moves through to Botswana and the Chobe National Park and the Okavango delta. Known for their large elephant herds and multitudes of game, the Chobe is in a class of its own. The Okavango Delta is one of the last great inland wetlands in the world and will be an unforgettable experience. An incredible trip that will not fail to meet your expectations.
  • Starts: Vic Falls
  • Ends: Maun
  • Group Size: Min 2 Max 18
  • Local Payment: N/A
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2018 Rates from ZAR 10,950 pps and Activity Package ZAR 15,620 pp & 2019 Rates from ZAR 14,450 pps and Active Package ZAR 3,590 pps

14 Day Luxury Camping Botswana Adventure

14 days
A Safari with the highlights of Botswana and the ease of serviced Camping. The perfect way to enjoy the wonderful animals and scenery of Botswana.
  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends: Johannesburg
  • Group Size: Max 16
  • Local Payment: USD200 pp payable to guide in cash on day of arrival
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