It’s all about the wildlife in this landlocked African country, which has some of the world’s most magnificent scenery (including dazzling red sand dunes and the world’s largest salt pans). Botswana has huge open savannahs teeming with migrating species and their predators, but it’s a lot less-visited destination than some of its African counterparts, providing a much more natural safari experience. Here are our picks for Botswana’s most lovely places to visit, ranging from a verdant river delta to a calm rhino refuge…
The Okavango Delta, arguably one of Africa’s most picturesque destinations, is the world’s largest inland delta. In the center of the harsh Kalahari Desert, it’s an oasis of islands, wildlife, and rich green foliage. Make sure you take a one-of-a-kind safari excursion where you can observe wildlife from the safety of a traditional boat (a mokoro) and then camp overnight.
Botswana’s most lovely places to visit- The Makgadikgadi pans, the world’s largest salt pans, are another area of surreal beauty. It’s the remains of a vast lake that dried up thousands of years ago, and it’s located in the middle of the dry savanna in northeastern Botswana. The salt-encrusted pans are flat and barren, with a skyline that seems to go on forever. Camping safaris are a good alternative for more daring travelers who want to see the local zebra, wildebeest, and their predators.
Nxai Pan National Park
Nxai Pan, one of the Makgadikgadi Pan salt flats, is located close to this national park. It’s a magnificent site with sand dunes, large salt pans, and the famed Baines baobab trees. It also gives fantastic opportunity to watch birds and wildlife. It’s open all year and is in northeastern Botswana, making it simple to combine a visit with the nearby Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Botswana’s most lovely places to visit- This is one of Africa’s most exclusive safari locations, catering to the well-heeled adventure traveller. The tranquil private reserve is located in the country’s north east and spans 308,000 acres. The Kwando River feeds the area, offering lots of animal viewing chances — it’s known for its several Lion prides and one of Botswana’s largest Elephant populations.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
This vast discussion area, which spans over 3.6 million hectares and is famed for its red sand dunes and dry riverbeds, is home to over 3.6 million people. It spans the South African-Botswana border and is a great area to go wildlife watching. Expect to witness cheetahs, lions, leopards, and hyenas, as well as migratory herds of springbok and wildebeest and over 200 bird species (including vultures and eagles).
Botswana’s most lovely places to visit- Kubu Island is without a doubt one of Botswana’s most gorgeous destinations, and it was previously regarded by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson as the most amazing place he’d ever visited! In the Makgadikgadi Pan, it’s actually a dry granite rock island encircled by a white sea of salt. The island is now a national monument, with earnings from visitors going to aid the local people.
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
This game reserve, located in the middle of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, is arguably the most spectacular wildlife sanctuary in Africa. The dry landscapes are dominated by mopane tree canopies, while the rest of the area is a mix of floodplain grasses, riverine woods, and a permanent delta. The reserve is home to one of Africa’s largest concentrations of wildlife, including endangered wild dogs, elephant herds, and the “Big Five.”
This is an essential component of a Botswana safari (which can be combined easily with the Okavango Delta and Kalahari). A river safari – or cruise – along the Chobe River, which runs along the northern edge of Chobe National Park, is one of the greatest ways to see the area. It’s a wildlife haven, but try to go during the dry season (April to October), when game concentrations are at their peak. Hippos, buffalo, cheetahs, crocodiles, antelope species, and large herds of elephants can all be seen in the area.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
This community-based wildlife project was established in 1992 to help protect and recover the endangered rhinoceros. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a tranquil location that promotes sustainable tourism, with onsite cabin and camping facilities for overnight stays. The refuge, which spans 8585 hectares, protects both black and white rhinos, as well as more than 30 other animal species and 230 bird species.