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6 Reasons You Should Choose Botswana for Your Safari

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Heard of Elephants in Selinda Reserve, Botswnana

Heard of Elephants in Selinda Reserve, Botswnana

The uniqueness of Botswana is what makes it one of the most desirable safari destinations in Africa.

Mystic waterways, vast desert pans, and dense forests are alive with wildlife charm, and there is much to explore. This experience can be described as a truly unforgettable, varied, once-in-a-lifetime type of adventure. The diverse landscape lends itself to drama in the bush, and the range of options means the Botswana safari circuit is ideal for mix and match game escapes.

Explore the many reasons to consider Botswana for your safari vacation.

1. Safari Your Way

Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

When one thinks of experiencing an African safari, scenes of 4x4 game drive vehicles traversing the Botswana safari circuit come to mind; however, there are other captivating ways to navigate the channels and plains of Botswana. Step into a mokoro, a safari canoe, or gently explore an area alive with possibilities on foot. Small metal boats wind their way through the Delta waterways, and safari vehicle tires are slightly deflated to handle the ups and downs of the sandy savannas.

Game watch from the comfort of your lodge if the mood takes you, letting the animals come to you as they welcome the sight of water just a close distance from where you are sitting. Some elephants even treat the local swimming pool as their personal water hole, while hides buried in the ground give way to ground-level game viewing. Glance upwards from your deck chair as you embrace your front-row seat to a birding spectacle.

2. Quantity and Quality

Lion pride in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Lion pride in Chobe National Park, Botswana

No matter where you go on safari in Botswana, captivating game viewing in volume and variety brings a quality safari experience. Predators and prey alike gather in large groups in savannas, forests and rivers boast herds and prides in impressive numbers. Elephants, for example, dictate in the Chobe Game Reserve while wildebeest and zebra roam the amazing Makgadikgadi Pans. The birdlife in the Savute and Linyanti create a kaleidoscope of color while hippos are a-plenty in the rivers and Delta channels.

The quality of game viewing, often spotted in unique settings, cannot be beaten in Botswana. Get drawn in by the sound of the African Fish Eagle calling in the early morning hours or hypnotized by the markings on the painted reed frog as you slip past it in your mokoro. Another unique experience sees you traversing miles through sand and bush in search of a den of wild dogs nurturing their young, their location a secret up to now. Experience the thrill of walking on Chief’s Island, in awe of the lone male lion quietly passing by in front of you.

3. Land Camps versus Water Camps

Duba Plains Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Duba Plains Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photo courtesy of Great Plains Conservation

Some parts of Botswana are more suited to purely land-only safaris where your game activity takes place in a 4x4 vehicle as you traverse savannas and forests alike. Depending on where you stay, consider the privilege of a night drive on your private concession or a walking safari in a private reserve, adding a thrill to any safari. Nothing is more mesmerizing than staring out at a vast horizon over an endless salt pan, a Kalahari gem to behold. Most of Botswana’s lodges and camps will be land-based, with plenty of luxury options to pick from.

For those who look to vary their Botswana safari, the combination of a land and water camp is very appealing. Spending time exploring Africa’s wild side from both vehicle and boat offers a unique perspective on tracking animal movements in the Okavango Delta. Sole water camps only conduct game viewing this way, tender boats warbling down the river or a mokoro gliding through the reeds. Stand-alone or combined, the preference is yours with so many enticing options.

4. Explore Both National Parks and Private Concessions

Leopard in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Leopard in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Government of Botswana owns most of the safari areas, with private concessions or lodges popping up in most. Game drives conducted within a national park see larger vehicles carrying many safari-goers, suggesting a less personal experience and demanding strict adherence to the rules such as no off-roading. Day visits by the general public are allowed, so cars are seen on the main roads searching for the Big Five.

The draw of a safari in a private concession or game reserve is driven by the thought of an intimate safari experience. Picture sitting on an open vehicle with just five other guests, the option to off-road for a key sighthing and having your guide’s full attention. The flora and fauna are the same throughout, the landscape still breathtakingly beautiful and the bush alive with game, however the smaller safari group offers that personal touch. The option of a possible night drive is appealing and with animals free to roam where fences are not erected, the scene is set for a dramatic safari experience.

Choose your safari destination with peace of mind, knowing that well-trained guides will share their immense knowledge of the bush with you whether you are in a national park or a private reserve.

5. The Ultimate Romantic Destination

Duba Plains Camp guest tent luxurious bathroom.

Duba Plains Camp guest tent luxurious bathroom. Photo courtesy Great Plains Conservation

Nothing says romance as much as a secluded luxury tent nestled deep in the Delta, a private candlelit dinner on your deck accompanied by animals calling in the distance. An afternoon nap in a serene setting and sunset drinks in locations you thought only existed in dreams or movies will complement the dreamy ambiance around you. Treat yourself to a massage in the bush where you truly feel one with nature as your outdoor space becomes the ultimate spa. Lodgings and game-viewing come together here in truly unique ways, making Botswana a must-consider romantic destination.

Five-star service throughout, pampering at the highest level, and locations that set the ultimate romantic scene ensure no romantic gesture or gift goes unnoticed. Wide-open spaces, forested nooks and winding waterways create the platform for the best honeymoon safari ever. Capture Africa’s wildlife in defined locations and marvel at the numbers and variety of game you can see, all the while basking in romantic glory.

6. Discover Nearby Treasures

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

You can include Botswana in any Southern African itinerary. The famous Victoria Falls lie just over the border, offering a dramatic ending to your safari with the expansive and breathtaking waterfall, thrilling adventure activities, and culture to keep you entertained. Maun is the gateway to many incredible vacation highlights, and in just over two hours, captivating Cape Town is yours to explore. Compare color and texture with a visit to Namibia, connecting two very different worlds and experiences.

An Island getaway is easily added to your Botswana safari, with a night perhaps in Johannesburg first, making it an excellent destination for a beach and bush combination. Spending time after your safari to unwind and lap up more of the African sun rounds up the perfect African adventure. Destinations off the coastline of South Africa or a private getaway on one of the Indian Ocean Islands are easily within reach. Discover so much more the captivating continent of Africa has to offer.

How to Find Your Safari

Sunset over Khwai River in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Sunset over Khwai River in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Botswana safari options are endless and deciding on whether a land or water or combo option is for you, will be the only choice you have to make. Learn more at our Africa Safari Guide, and explore sample safari itineraries for more inspiration. Whatever your safari dreams, your Zicasso safari specialist is a destination expert and ready to answer your questions to help you find the right destination for you. Ready to start planning? Fill out a Trip Request, or call our Traveler Care team at 1-888-265-9707.

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