The Republic of Botswana is renowned for being an excellent destination for the more intrepid explorer and seasoned safari enthusiast.
Through its history it has remained almost untouched; despite being a British protectorate until 1966, and so is not scarred with the roads and infrastructure present in many other southern African nations. Botswana today is still one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. It is approximately the size of Kenya however with a population of only 2 million in comparison to Kenya’s 41 million there is a real sense of truly escaping into the wild. Botswana is bordered to the south by South Africa, with Zimbabwe to the East and Namibia to the West.
Botswana has a diverse landscape ranging from the Kalahari Desert covering much of the country to the rich delta of the Okavango River in the north which is reported to be the largest river delta which is inland in the world. This varied landscape is home to a variety of animals making it an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts.
The Chobe National Park was founded to the West of the Okavango Delta and is renowned as having the highest population density of elephants in the World. On a Botswana safari tour you can expect to see hippopotamus, elephants, crocodiles, giraffe, lions, cheetah, leopard and rhino.
Although deserts are traditionally thought of as dry and barren lands, the Kalahari Desert itself is influenced by seasonal rains providing grasslands and wetlands such as the Makgadikgadi salt pans. The grasses bring the grazing animals such as antelope, wildebeest, springbok and kudu and where these are found they are closely followed by their Big Cat predators. Flamingoes are a firm favourite with visitors and you can view them in their thousands as they descend upon the salt pans. There are two national parks within this region, the Central Kalahari Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park.
Victoria Falls waterfall is located just north of Botswana on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Botswana has a short border with Zambia only a few hundred metres long, however it is sufficient for Victoria Falls to be visible and it creates a stunning backdrop.
To experience Botswana in all its glory, we recommend a safari tour. Our experienced safari consultants will happily plan you a bespoke safari holiday to enable you to take in all Botswana has to offer. Alternatively we have a selection of popular safari tours and camps to choose from below.