Over the past 20 years, Botswana has emerged as one of the most exclusive and authentic safari destinations in southern Africa. Bolstered by a stable government committed to conservation of its precious wildlife areas, Botswana boasts a wide array of well regulated and preserved ecosystems making it the ideal country to plan your Luxury African safari vacations.
Botswana’s Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa. The Okavango Delta lies between shallow fault lines at the end of the Great African Rift Valley that cuts through the length of Africa. Remarkably, this wetland paradise lies deep within the arid Kalahari Desert.
Apart from the outstanding beauty of the wetland habitat, Botswana’s Okavango Delta supports and sustains a huge diversity of flora and fauna, so that game viewing is excellent right through the year.
To the northeast of the Okavango Delta lie the Chobe National Park, Selinda Game Reserve, and Linyanti Reserve. Because of the region’s varied habitats, any of the camps found here will add a fresh element to your itinerary and in many ways it is an essential compliment to an Okavango visit.
Linyanti is famed for its herds of elephant, reaching the world’s highest densities during the winter months (June-Aug). Other species are found in abundance including zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, lechwe, reedbuck, and kudu, while rarer species like the sable and roan emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve forms the core of the Kalahari Desert, the largest unbroken stretch of sand in the world. This vast flat expanse of scrub covered fossil dunes lies interspersed with ancient river valleys. Central Kalahari is home to a fascinating spectrum of very different plants and animals that have successfully adapted to life in such a harsh environment.
The plains game populations move seasonally between dune and valley: in summer the verdant flatlands are a thriving wildlife mosaic whilst in winter a series of ecologically-placed waterholes enhance game viewing.
SELINDA GAME RESERVE
To the northeast of the Okavango Delta lie the Chobe National Park, Selinda Reserve, and Linyanti areas. Because of the region’s varied habitats, any of the camps found here will add a fresh element to your itinerary and in many ways it is an essential compliment to an Okavango visit.
Lying adjacent to the Linyanti Reserve, the 333,000-acre Selinda concession boasts a similar ecological makeup, with the main difference being Selinda’s increased floodplains.
Makgadikgadi Pans is located in the middle of north-eastern Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pan is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The pans represent the remnants of a giant superlake formed many millennia ago.
Today, the Makgadikgadi remains a bit of a “best kept secret” as it receives far fewer headlines than the Okavango Delta or Chobe Game Reserve. However, despite its lack of fame, Makgadikgadi offers a very different and rewarding safari adventure for those that seek it out.
The Tuli Block lies at the southeastern corner of Botswana, with Zimbabwe lying to the North and South Africa to the south. Often referred to as the hardveld due to its abundance of rocky formations, Tuli’s landscape becomes unmistakable due to the rich red sand that dominates throughout.
Incredible elephant populations ensure excellent sightings while plenty of other species abound including lion, leopard, impala, wildebeest, Kudu, Eland, Waterbuck as well as rarer finds like Caracal and Aaardwolf.
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
The nation’s second largest national park, Chobe has become renowned for excellent game viewing opportunities year-round and its namesake river supports the largest elephant concentrations found anywhere on the continent.
Habitats found within Chobe National Park include floodplains, mopane trees, baobab trees, acacia woodlands, and flood grasslands bordering the Chobe River.