Although landlocked, Botswana boasts the lush Okavango Delta and panhandle where the surrounding riverine forest, mopane woodlands, and savannahs are a centre of incredible biodiversity. Reserves surrounding the Delta and other game-abundant areas such as Chobe National Park give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the country’s wildlife. The terrain is also areas rich in San rock art and the remnants of these ancient cultures will bring life to historical textbooks.
Further west, the expansive Kalahari Desert scrubland offers endless horizons and glittering night skies while the cracked, desolate splendour of the neighbouring Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pan promise peaceful isolation.
Wildlife in Botswana
Home to some of the continent’s most renowned safari areas, Botswana’s isolation is part of its magic. The vast tracts of land that have been set aside for conservation contain no roads or infrastructure, making it a truly wild and magnificent place. Unspoilt and not widely accessible, Botswana is a safari paradise. With the Big 5, plenty of endangered species, and a plethora of birds, mammals, and reptiles, there is wildlife around every corner.
When to go on Safari in Botswana
The wonderful news is that wildlife can be found throughout the year, however, peak times in parks occur from about May to October when temperatures are mild and wildlife viewing is at its prime thanks to the dry season, forcing animals to spend more time around waterholes.
In summer, during the wet season when animals are slightly trickier to spot avid birders will be in the element as that’s when our feathered friends are out in full force. Photographers will especially enjoy the tempestuous sky when summer rain storms leave behind the most dramatic scenes. Keep in mind that seasonal camps don’t operate all-year round so make sure to chat with one of our consultants when planning your perfect safari.