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Best 10 places to visit in Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa that offers an unparalleled safari experience. Renowned for its vast wilderness, diverse ecosystems, and abundant wildlife, Botswana is a dream destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. From the iconic Okavango Delta to the remote and untouched corners of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana is a safari paradise that showcases the beauty of the African continent. In this article, we will explore the ten best safari places to visit in Botswana, each offering its unique charm, wildlife encounters, and unforgettable experiences. Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through Botswana's magnificent landscapes and discover the wonders of its top safari destinations.

  1. Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is the third-largest in the nation and home to a huge range of biodiversity, with the biggest concentration of elephants in Africa – an expected 50,000 live there. It is also a birdwatcher's heaven, with around 500 species recorded so far. 

The park is divided into separate regions: the Chobe Riverfront, the Savuti Marsh and the Linyanti Marsh. The Chobe riverfront is a significant watering spot for herds of elephants, buffalo, sable and giraffes. You can also go on a boat trip along the river to spot the hippos and crocodiles in the water and on the banks. The Savuti swamp is the ideal spot to spot wildebeest, warthogs, impalas and zebras on the apparently endless savanna while visiting the Linyanti marsh allows you an opportunity to go through forests and lagoons, home to lions, leopards and antelopes.

 

  2. Okavango Delta

A tremendous desert spring in the core of the African bush in northern Botswana, the Okavango Delta is known as the 'Gem of the Kalahari'. This seasonal marshland is comprised of lavish fields, a huge number of streams and islands, water-lily-tossed gulfs, acacia shrubberies, Borassus palms and forests. The delta resembles a supernatural door to wildlife heaven and a stunning landscape. Delta offers various activities, for example, bird watching, fishing, wildlife safaris, mokoro (dugout canoe) trips and bush walks.

 

  3. Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve lies on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta in the north of Botswana. It is commended both for its plentiful wildlife and staggering landscape and counts among the world's best wildlife reserves. The mix of floodplains, lagoons, grasslands and woodlands makes an extraordinary environment, which has been left mostly untouched and incredible for classic game-drive safaris. Moremi is home to all of the big five. Moremi Game Reserve is likewise renowned for the chance of travelling around by mokoro, or dug-out canoe, which provides your encounter with a veritable taste of the experience.

  

4. Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park is a national park in northeastern Botswana, comprising Nxai Pan, which is one of the Makgadikgadi Pan salt flats. This genuinely barren scene includes vast areas that make it simple to catch sight of wildlife. Nxai Pan is most popular for its huge springbok populace, the seasonal zebra migration and the group of usually solitary baobab trees.

 

  5. Central Kalahari Reserve

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve lies within the Kalahari Desert in the southwest of the nation and is perhaps the biggest reserve on the planet. The hunter-gatherer San or Bushmen are perhaps the oldest cultures on the planet, straightforwardly descendants from the first individuals in Southern Africa. Although a desert park, there is an immense amount of wildlife here and a walking safari with San guides is a rare experience. The Central Kalahari is comprised of mostly flat and delicately undulating bushveld, with areas of sand dunes and stands of taller trees. The region additionally has Passarge and Deception Valleys with their various fossilized salt pans.

 

  6. Makgadikgadi Pans

Located in the centre of Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is one of the largest salt pans in the world. The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up tens of thousands of years ago. Modern Homo sapiens first began to evolve in this region some 200,000 years ago. The shimmering, cracked crust doesn’t look as if it could support any form of life. After good rains, however, this desolate landscape transforms when new grass attracts thousands of animals. As the pans fill up, flocks of pelicans and flamingos settle in as well.

 

  7. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a huge wildlife preserve and preservation region in southern Africa. The park straddles the boundary between South Africa and Botswana and contains two bordering public parks; Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. Known all over for its game, huge, fenceless Kgalagadi is among the most popular parks for safari. The inadequate vegetation and the abundance of animals along its riverbeds and pans make for nearly unmatched game viewing. Most of the tourism occurs on the South African side, which has great accommodation facilities. The Botswana side just has extremely essential campsites.

 

  8. Mashatu Game Reserve

Mashatu is situated in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana which is situated between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe and the Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site in South Africa. It's one of the biggest private reserves in southern Africa. The riverine forests and marshland give way to savannah, rough outcrops and red sand. Mashatu is the Land of Giants. Elephants, giraffes and cheetahs—the largest, tallest and fastest creatures on dry land—are on the whole subjects of the realm of Mashatu. The largest bird, the ostrich, and the world's heaviest flying bird, the Kori Bustard, drink from the watering opening. The largest antelope, the Eland, is pursued by the lion, Africa's biggest cat and king of the beasts.

 

  9. Mokolodi Nature Reserve

Mokolodi Nature Reserve is a private not-for-profit game reserve on the outskirts of Gaborone in southern Botswana. The nature reserve is possessed by a wide assortment of native African game, bird and reptile species, some of which are rare and vulnerable to the threat of extinction. The southern white rhinoceros herd at Mokolodi Nature Reserve is essential for a national breeding programme, which adds to the rebuilding of the national herd in Botswana. Day visitors can drive themselves in the reserve, or book a two-hour, open-vehicle day or night drive.

 

  10. Khutse Game Reserve

Khutse Game Reserve is a most loved retreat for Gaborone visitors or residents due to its vicinity and relative accessibility to the country's capital. The 240 km drive takes the voyager through various fascinating Kalahari towns, including the ‘gateway to the Kalahari,' Molepolole. The reserve is important for an ancient river system that once streamed northeast to fill the ancient Lake Makgadikgadi. Khutse's Pans and dry river valleys are remains of this river system.

 

Botswana is a safari lover's dream come true, offering a remarkable array of safari destinations that are sure to leave a lasting impression. From the breathtaking beauty of the Okavango Delta to the raw and untamed landscapes of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana presents a diverse range of ecosystems, wildlife, and experiences that will captivate any adventurer. Whether you seek close encounters with majestic elephants in Chobe National Park or the thrill of spotting elusive big cats in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana has something to offer every wildlife enthusiast. The vast and untouched wilderness, combined with the country's commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism, ensures that your safari experience in Botswana will be nothing short of extraordinary.


Author: Nishant Kundu


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