Unspoilt and vast, Botswana is one of the prime wildlife and outdoor destinations the African continent has to offer. The flat, landlocked country (surrounded by Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and a single point of Zambia) is 70 percent covered by the thriving Kalahari Desert. Although only having a small population of approximately 1.9 million people, the country boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This is mainly due to three of the world’s richest diamond bearing formations being discovered after the country obtained democratic rule in 1966.The country is a combination of amazing contrasts with the lush, green Okavango Delta in the north and the harsh red dunes of the Kalahari in the south being the most evident. The national currency is the Pula and English and Setswana are the two most prevalent languages. .

Useful Information

Safari Highlights of Botswana include:

  • A mokoro (dug out canoe) safari in the Okavango Delta
  • A horseback adventure in the Botswanan wilderness
  • A cycle safari in the Tuli – the Land of Giants
  • Lazing away the day on a houseboat on the Chobe
  • Fishing for Tigerfish in the Caprivi
  • Tasting true wilderness in one of the remotest places in Africa – the Central Kalahari
  • Camping out under the stars on the vast salt pans of the Makgadigadi

Parks and Reserves

Mashatu Game Reserve

Mashatu Game Reserve is located in Botswana’s Tuli region, at the confluence of the borders of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. This incredible wilderness region abounds with flora and fauna.…

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Makgadikgadi Pans

For much of the year, most of this desolate area remains waterless and extremely arid; and large mammals are thus absent. But during and following years of good rain, the…

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Moremi Game Reserve

Named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe, The Moremi Game Reserve covers much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and combines permanent water with drier areas, which…

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Tours and Trips

Okavango Self-drive Tour

Stunning region rich with wildlife and birdlife; Unique boating safaris; Exciting self-drive tour

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Duration: 4 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.
Species list Map

Lookout for

Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Nyala
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Springbok
Gemsbok
Sable Antelope
Waterbuck
Eland
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile
Ostrich

Key Species

MAMMALS
Elephant
Lion
Cheetah

BIRDS
African Fish Eagle
Pels Fishing Owl
Ostrich
Carmine Bee Eater
Kori Bustard

REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
African Rock Python

TREES
Baobab
Camel Thorn
Fever Tree

HABITAT TYPES
Riverine
Open Plains
Rocky Outcrops
Semi-Desert

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9
Mammals: 9.5
Birds: 9.5
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 8