BOTSWANA – LAST OF THE GREAT SAFARI DESTINATIONS
Last of the greatest safari destinations, Botswana is politically stable and secure. It has escaped the turmoil of the African continent, with its peace-loving and progressive people. They have set aside so much of their land for National Parks and Game Reserves. It is a land that proudly supports the Kalahari and the World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta. The Kalahari is not a true desert but rather a sea of grasslands, savannah shrub and the magical salt pans of the Mkgadikgadi.
The Okavango is an inland delta of flood plains and crystal clear water channels. The desert and the Okavango Delta combine to offer a unique diversity of wildlife, like the black maned Lion, thousands of Elephants, Buffalo, the greater Kudu, the water loving Lechwe antelope and many other animal species. The birdlife is prolific and the variations of species is unbelievable. This is truly the bird watcher’s paradise. From a variety of water fowl to the tiniest of grass seed eaters, the many species are specific to their habitat and breeding seasons.
Botswana is the least densely populated country in the world, with a population of 2.2 million in a country the size of France. Most of this vast area is uninhabited.
THE MOST DIVERSE ECOSYSTEM IN THE WORLD
So much of Botswana is devoted to wildlife and conservation. Botswana, including the Chobe area, has the most diverse ecosystem in the world. The country has close to 600 species of birds and all of the Southern Africa region’s big game species can be found here.
Botswana is a unique experience that will enrich any visitor’s life. This landlocked country which is largely semi-arid desert has in its heart the unique Okavango Delta – now a World Heritage Site. This is where the mighty Okavango River flows not into the sea but into the Kalahari sands, creating an ecosystem that is life-enriching in its diversity and wonder.
Botswana’s rainy season is usually from November to the end of April. The safari season begins in March and lasts until mid-November. The months of September, October and November can be hot, but are ideal for game viewing around waterholes or riverine areas. The Moremi Game Reserve has a wide diversity of habitat and provides excellent game viewing from March to November. Khwai River is a green water oasis running through dry acacia woodland and is a magnet for so many animals and birds.