Boteti River – Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
On the western boundary of the renowned Makgadikgadi Pans National Park lies the Boteti River. Owing to the arid nature of the park, the river and the nutrient-rich western grasslands supply the essential water and sustenance for the wildlife that inhabit the region. The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is home to the second largest zebra migration in the world, where thousands of zebra migrate to the Boteti River in the dry winter months (May to Oct) from their summer grazing ground further inside the park. The fascinating contrast between the Boteti River and arid national park makes it a fascinating region to include in any Botswana safari.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Adventurous travellers seeking a truly remote African safari will be thrilled to discover it in central Botswana. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world and one of the least visited, nothing can prepare you for the sheer wonder of exploring this vast reserve with its wild, untouched beauty. The landscape is dominated by sand veld, acacias, and Kalahari apple-leaf, interspersed with grasslands and dotted with occasional sand dunes, pans and fossil river valleys. While the reserve is home to an impressive variety of wildlife, there is one animal that is rather obviously absent, the human being. It is this lack of human traffic, combined with the park’s lack of infrastructure, that makes for a challenging and marvellously authentic African experience. Visitors need to be entirely self-sufficient but those willing to make the effort will be richly rewarded.
Sandwiched between South Africa to its east and Zimbabwe to its north, the Central Tuli Block is a narrow strip of land in the eastern corner of Botswana. This vast expanse of unspoilt African bushveld is best known as a top-notch safari destination as it is scattered with a collection of exclusive privately-owned game farms. Visitors can look forward to exploring these incredibly scenic landscapes which are dotted with an array of African wildlife within a variety of magnificent games reserves including the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, the Mashatu Game Reserve, the Tuli Safari Area and many more.
Chobe National Park
Renowned for its impressive, shifting migratory population of more than 50 000 elephants, Chobe National Park is situated in the far northeast of Botswana, bordered to the north by the mighty Chobe River. It is the second largest national park in Botswana featuring four distinct ecosystems: the Savuti Channel in the west; the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest; the arid hinterland in between and Serondela in the extreme northeast with fertile plains and thick forests. This diversity of habitats provides a sanctuary to an astonishing array of African wildlife. In addition to spotting Chobe’s great pachyderm herds, you are likely to spot lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog, impala, waterbuck, kudu, zebra, wildebeest giraffe, and warthog. The park is also famous for its wonderful riverboat safaris, making Chobe an essential destination for any avid safari enthusiast.
Chobe River Front
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities such as: driving along the game-dotted river banks in a 4WD; cruising along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife and for a unique, luxury safari experience, hire a houseboat.
Duba Plains Private Reserve
Idyllically set in the Okavango Delta, the Duba Plains Private Reserve is one of the best places to start your African adventure. The landscape is characterised by vast expansive savannah plains dotted with fig, ebony, and garcinia trees and traversed by a network of pristine waterways. Visitors can look forward to leisurely boating excursions down the tranquil rivers of the Delta, thrilling game drives and mystical night drives in the African bush to spot a wealth of nocturnal wildlife. Commonly spotted species include hippo, blue wildebeest, hyena, giraffe, elephant, lechwe, buffalo, tsessebe, and warthog. Visitors can also look forward to viewing over 200 species of bird, horse riding safaris through the untouched grasslands, and enjoy a glass of wine under the Africa night sky after a wonderful day of animal sightings in the wild.
Located in the southeastern corner of Botswana, just fifteen kilometres from the South African border, Gaborone serves as the capital of the country. This lively city is a large modern metropolis with world-class hotels, glitzy casinos and a profusion of restaurants and shops. The National Museum, with its excellent exhibits, is a must for culture vultures, while the Gaborone Dam and Nature Reserve – both within the city boundaries – will appeal to sporty and outdoorsy types. Attractions within easy driving distance of the city include the St.Claire Lion Park, the Thamaga Pottery Village, and the ancient rock engravings of Matsieng
Situated 300 kilometres southwest of Maun and just north of the Trans-Kalahari highway, which runs from Lobatse in Botswana to Walvis Bay in Namibia, the small town of Ghanzi is sometimes referred to as the ‘Capital of the Kalahari’. It serves as the administrative centre of the Ghanzi district which covers a vast area of cattle ranches and farmland in the west of Botswana.The Ghanzi area has a number of lodges which focus on cultural tourism as well as wildlife viewing – here you can experience the fascinating world of the San Bushmen as they explain to you how they forage, hunt and find water in this harsh environment.
Guma Lagoon is found in northern Botswana. This wonderful retreat on the banks of the Okavango River is a dream destination for animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, providing a range of sights and activities. Not only can visitors enjoy premium bird watching (200 native species) and freshwater fishing opportunities (both spin and fly-fishing), but Guma Lagoon is also a fantastic base for self-guided game drives and traditional dug-out canoe (mokoro) trails, which allow you to navigate the palm islands and waterlily beds of the scenic Okavango. Other key activities include bush walks, forest trails and star gazing. Finally, note that accommodation is provided exclusively through Guma Lagoon Camp – and so advance booking, particularly for the self-catering units, is highly recommended.
Known as the gateway to the Makgadikgadi Pans, the tiny old Botswanan village of Gweta is a pleasant place to stay while exploring the vast salt pans. Take a guided walk or quad bike ride through Gweta’s surrounds and discover flint-head spears and other artefacts abandoned by the area’s early Stone Age inhabitants. Experience a barbeque under the star-studded African sky while sipping on traditional, organic sorghum beer or a creamy baobab milkshake. During the rainy season, the Gweta area teems with zebra and wildebeest and these, in turn, attract hungry predators such as lion and cheetah. If a unique and interesting getaway is what you are after, Gweta won’t fail to impress.
Habu is a community run concession situated in the western Okavango Delta. As an area that is new to tourism, it is not currently visited by many people, making it the perfect destination for those wanting a more intimate and authentic safari experience. The Habu area has a diverse population with Tswana, Herero, Mbukushu and Khoi San (bushmen) groups being predominant. Due to its diverse population groups, Habu holds a large amount of indigenous knowledge, and cultural heritage which can be experienced by visitors in the form of cultural interactions, traditional dances etc. There is a variety of wildlife to be found here including elephant, impala, kudu, zebra, tsessebe, leopard, cheetah, aardvark, hyena and a healthy pride of lions which are seen regularly. During the wet season, buffalo and hippo are seen in large numbers. There is also a good variety of birdlife and some impressive ancient trees, including a very old baobab grove. In addition to game-drives, Habu is an excellent area for walking safaris; the original and purest safari form. Exploring the wilderness on food suddenly awakens your senses as the bush becomes more ‘real’. Meeting animals on their terms as a participant in their world can be far more rewarding than just spectating.
Hainaveld & Ghanzi Farms
The Hainaveld and Ghanzi Farms surround the northwestern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana and serve primarily as game viewing areas. Aside from excellent wildlife-spotting opportunities, this safari area is known for its great accessibility, cultural tourism and first-class bird watching. The Hainaveld and Ghanzi Farms offer the quintessential, authentic African bush experience featuring remarkable desert landscapes inhabited by a wide range of desert-adapted wildlife including gemsbok, springbok, giraffes, ostriches, to name a few. It is also home to a blend of cultures including the Bakgalagadi, who are the original inhabitants; as well as the Herero, the San, the Batawana, and the Afrikaners. Visitors can explore local villages, learn about the ancient traditional way of life of the Kalahari hunter-gatherers and take a nature walk with an expert guide, relax at a luxury lodge or spend a day on safari spotting abundant wildlife. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare black-maned Kalahari lions.
Flanked by Ghanzi in the north and Sekoma in the south, the quiet Kalahari Desert town of Kang provides a relaxing base from which to explore Northern Botswana, Namibia, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the Central Kalahari Park. The remote village is strikingly scenic, providing many interesting hiking and photographic opportunities in its vast stretches of flowering plains, ochre desert hills and enormous, strangely-shaped baobab trees. One of the major drawcards of the area is the variety of thrilling game drives offering the possibility of spotting cheetah, leopard and many different types of game species. After an exciting day on safari, don’t miss the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in one of the swimming pools at Twee Rivieren, Kalahari Tent, Mata Mata and Nossob camps at the nearby Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Botswana, on the banks of the famous Chobe River, the scenic little town of Kasane rests on the doorstep of the spectacular Chobe National Park. There are no boundary fences separating the village from the park and game such as elephant and hippo are often spotted roaming around the town. If on the lookout for elusive game, pay a visit to the Sedudu Valley Road, where large dead trees provide temporary homes for leopards. Within Kasane, an ancient baobab tree stands on display, once serving as a local prison. Visitors can look forward to a multitude of activities including: enjoying a game drive through the park, taking a sunset cruise down the Chobe River, visiting a local village or jumping on a day trip to the breathtaking Victoria Falls.
Kasane Forest Reserve
Fringing the world-renowned Chobe National Park, the Kasane Forest Reserve is located in the Lesoma Valley of the Central district in Botswana, approximately 800 kilometres north from Gaborone. A large portion of the terrain around the reserve is flat with plenty of wildlife, such as elephants, giraffes and even warthogs, roaming around undisturbed. Visitors can look forward to scenic boat cruises along the beautiful Chobe River, spot nocturnal animal in the forest on a thrilling night safari and enjoy bush camping under the African night sky.
Kazuma Forest Reserve
Situated in the Chobe region of Botswana, the pristine Kazuma Forest Reserve offers visitors an authentic African wilderness experience. This impressive landscape stretches over thousands of hectares and features expansive grassland, natural pans and Mopane tree forests. It is home to abundant wildlife and provides an ideal habitat for wildebeest, buffalo, antelope, sable, giraffe, zebra, lion and leopard. Numerous herds of elephants also frequent this reserve as it is idyllically positioned in an elephant corridor. The nearby Kazuma Pans attract many birds making it a bird watching paradise boasting over 380 different species. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including: guided walks, fishing trips and sunrise or sunset game drives.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Botswana)
Situated in the Kalahari Desert region of Botswana and South Africa, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is an expansive wildlife preserve. One of the world’s last unspoilt ecosystems, the arid landscape is characterized by vast grasslands dotted with thorn trees, shifting red dunes and dry riverbeds. Visitors can look forward to viewing an abundance of wildlife including gemsbok, black-maned Kalahari lions, blue wildebeest, and migrating herds of wildebeest and springbok. Known as one of the best places in the world to spot big cats, visitors can look forward to catching a glimpse of the ever-illusive cheetah. Highlights include: game-viewing drives, hiking, 4×4 trails, guided walks with park rangers and photographic safaris. Bird enthusiasts can look forward to spotting an array of bird species. Don’t miss the incredible African sunsets over the quintessentially African landscape.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Stretching over 40 square kilometres in the Kalahari Sandveld in Botswana, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community-based wildlife project. It provides an important habitat for black and white rhino as well as over 30 other animal species and over 230 species of birds. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful conservation-based activities including enjoying a game viewing safari, jumping on guided game drives, tracking rhinos and discovering several scenic nature walks. Aside from rhino, other commonly spotted wildlife include: wildebeest, brown hyenas, impalas, ostriches, and leopards. Don’t miss the Serwe Pan – a large grass-covered expanse dotted with a collection of natural water holes which make it the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of an array of game.
Situated on the banks of the Khwai River near the famous Okavango swamp, the village of Khwai is set in the North-West District of Botswana. The village fringes the magnificent Moremi Game Reserve which is known for its incredible array of wildlife. It serves as a gateway to the reserve as it is set just outside the North Gate. of Moremi. Khwai provides an excellent base from which to explore the spectacularly scenic surrounding area. It is to be home to some of Botswana’s most beautiful landscapes which feature vast grass plains, a patchwork of lagoons, shallow pans and lush woodland forests. Visitor can look forward to spotting a fantastic variety of wildlife, learning about the San community and enjoying a wide selection of ecotourism activities. Commonly spotted wildlife species include: lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, hippo, wild dog and buffalo.
Khwai Community Area
The Khwai area of the Okavango lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives.
Botswana’s Khwai Conservancy lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful, and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives. Visit the Khwai village and take part in eco-tourism and cultural activities. Species in the conservancy include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, zebra, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, hyena and an array of nocturnal species. The area is also home to the relatively rare Roan and Sable Antelope.
Khwai Private Reserve
Welcome to Khwai Private Reserve, 440 000 acres bordering onto both the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. It is an innovative community based joint venture partnership that adjoins onto the world famous Okavango Delta eco-system. The Reserve was established to create a meaningful bridge between the tourism industry and local villagers, ensuring significant economic income for local communities, first world environmentally sensitive practices and a superb safari experience. The massive Khwai Private Reserve comprises of some of the most fantastically diverse habitats in northern Botswana, including riverine woodlands, floodplains, open savannah, mopane woodland, rivers and lagoons. This range of habitats results in a range of wildlife, including elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and of course the eponymous sable antelope.
Located on the eastern border of the incredibly scenic Moremi Game Reserve, Kwatale Conservancy is a fenceless wild area in beautiful Botswana. The conservancy stretches over 365 000 hectares of beautiful African landscape characterised by mopane woodland and acacia scrub. A place where wildlife roams free, visitors can watch an array of plains game drink at the watering holes, spot the world-renowned Big Five, enjoy the best wild camping in Botswana and discover the wildlife wonderland of the Okavango Delta nearby. The Kwatale Conservancy serves as an excellent base to explore the Nxai Pan National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve. Other highlights include the rich birdlife, fascinating walking safaris and thrilling game drives.
The Kwando-Linyanti river system is home to a series of private game reserves, known for their exotic animal species and luxury safari options. An abundance of wildlife roams freely between the woodland habitats, ancient floodplains and forests that make up these lush, unfenced reserves. The big game in this area increases dramatically during the dry season when the area hosts large herds of impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe and buffalo as well as the world’s highest density of elephant. Several packs of wild dog are found in the area and lion, leopard and cheetah are frequently sighted. Night drives allow for the discovery of nocturnal creatures such as civets, genets, honey badgers and spring hares. This vast, untamed wilderness is the perfect location for those seeking a unique African adventure in an exclusive and remote big game habitat.
Mabuasehube Game Reserve
Encompassing the Gemsbok National Park and later forming part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Mabuasehube Game Reserve is set in the scenic southern region of Botswana. This remote and wonderfully wild reserve is a 4×4 self-drive trail mecca, where adventurers can tackle the sandy Mabuasehube Wilderness Trail, the Kaa Trail and the Polentswa Trail, which travels through vast grasslands, pans and gently undulating dunes. Visitors can enjoy camping in the pristine, untouched wilderness after a day of negotiating the roads less travelled, experiencing close encounters with lions creeping through your campsite at sunrise and spotting abundant wildlife dotting the landscape in the wake of the rains. Look forward to languid evenings next to warm fires and view spectacular starry skies in the magnificent Mabuasehube Game Reserve.
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Situated in northeastern Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers an impressive 3900 square kilometer area and is brimming with natural wonders including the largest tree in Africa, a world famous 5300-year-old Baobab. Game viewing is at its best during the wet season when the plains teem with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. The rains transform the salt pans into a magnificent lake attracting an abundance of wildlife and, most spectacularly, large flocks of gloriously pink flamingos. The area is renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park en masse followed by a variety of predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, exploring the salt pans on 4WD or quad bikes, tours of Gweta Village, and fascinating bush walks to historic sites guided by experienced Bushmen trackers.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Set in the heart of the dry savanna of northeastern Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pan is the world’s largest network of salt pans stretching over 3900 square kilometres and formed on the bed of the ancient Makgadikgadi Lake that began evaporating aeons ago. Visiting Makgadikgadi is a unique salt desert experience: in the dry season, this vast expanse of sun-baked salt glistens in the light and when the rains come, the pan is home to a cornucopia of flamingos and other waterbirds, as well as one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations, whose annual migration is a wonder to behold. Visitors can immerse themselves in the stark beauty of this incredible landscape, spot a host of wildlife and enjoy a number of activities including horse riding safaris, game drives, and excellent birdwatching. Other highlights include: quad biking across the vast expanse of dry salt pans or jumping in a helicopter and viewing countless flamingo flocks creating a magnificent pink spectacle dotting the landscape.
Mashatu Game Reserve
Mashatu Game Reserve in the south eastern extreme of Botswana offers a unique portfolio of adventure safari experiences on a reserve known as the Land of Giants, named after the largest herds of elephant on private land in Africa. In addition to the two camps (luxury all-suite and tented) and excellent daily sightings of all the African predators (lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal and African wildcat), Mashatu is unquestionably the adventure safari destination for energetic travelers and multi-generational families. With five diverse ways to experience Africa’s wildlife, Mashatu offers, to complement the vehicle safaris conducted by guides with an average of 12 years’ experience on Mashatu; activities including the world-class photographic experience including two underground elephant hides, mountain biking safaris, horse safaris and walking safaris. The single fastest growth is in the photographic experience where excellent ‘Tuli’ light has engendered interest in Mashatu from all over the world. All our adventure experiences cater for the safari-goer who yearns for a more active and intimate safari holiday.
Set on the banks of the beautiful Thamalakane River in northern Botswana, Maun is the third largest town in this spectacularly scenic southern African country. Maun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. Area attractions include a renowned riverboat that offers cruises up and down the Thamalakane River; the forest groves of the Maun Game Reserve; and Moremi Game Reserve, home to hippos, lions and rhinos. Maun also serves as the jumping off point for many safaris and air charters as well as offers 4×4 rentals. Don’t miss the Nhabe Museum exhibiting the local history, art and culture of the Ngamiland region.
Set close to Botswana’s eastern border of South Africa, Mokobeng is situated just north of the Limpopo River in the Tuli Block. The area is known for its wildlife and hunting farms. Stay at a riverside tented camp, sample traditional Botswana cuisine, and soak up the beautiful African landscapes which are dotted with a multitude of game. This remote rural destination is known for its tranquil atmosphere, rich culture and offers the ideal African escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Moremi Game Reserve
Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest. This diverse ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offers visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.
Situated 180 kilometres north of Francistown, the small village of Nata is a popular stopover between Maun and Kasane along a road known as the ‘game drive route’ as there is often a chance to catch a glimpse of wildlife along the way. The unique landscape that surrounds the area around Nata features white sand, tall termite mounds and the Mokolwane palm trees. Nata is a convenient stop for tourists to fill up at numerous filling station. Nata serves as an excellent base from which to explore the eastern section of the spectacular Makgadikgadi Pans. The Nata Sanctuary is a popular stop and a highlight for avid bird watchers, where lucky visitors can be rewarded with large flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans, which breed here each year.
Nogatsaa – Chobe National Park
Situated in the northeastern part of Botswana amongst a massive territory of national parks, reserves and conservation areas, the Nogatsaa area inside Chobe National Park boasts stunning wild scenery and an array of animals. The remote landscape, characterised by open grasslands, pans and waterholes, is scattered with lookout hides where visitors can see hippos, crocodiles, elephants, impalas, water buffalo, reedbucks, gemsboks, roans, the rare oribi antelope, and baboons, as well as a huge variety of birdlife. There are wonderful game viewing opportunities to explore on foot, four-wheel drive or by boat. After a thrilling day of enjoying an African safari, visitors can cool off in the pool at the lodge, hear traditional stories around the fire (boma), and do some first-class stargazing in the crystal-clear night skies.
Nxai Pan National Park
Adjoining the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on its northern border, Nxai Pans were once ancient salt lakes and today, they are oceans of grass dotted with islands of trees and small pans that fill in the rainy season creating a verdant lush Garden of Eden. Visitors can look forward to impressive natural scenery and fun activities such as: the famous Baines Baobabs, first drawn by the renowned explorer in the 1860s; excellent game viewing at sunset or sunrise on a 4WD safari and first-class bird watching opportunities. Commonly spotted animals include: lion, giraffe, kudu, springbok, impala, ostrich, jackal, bat-eared fox and the elusive nocturnal porcupine.
Situated in the northwestern corner of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site as it is the largest inland delta in the world. The magnificent Okavango River sprawls out over the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert forming this flourishing waterlogged oasis featuring countless meandering waterways and crystal clear lagoons studded with water lilies, as well as fertile floodplains and reeded islands inhabited with abundant wildlife. The Okavango Delta stretches over 15000 square kilometres. Visitors can enjoy a number of wonderful activities such as game viewing, fishing, bird watching or taking an authentic guided Mokoro excursion through this wetland paradise in a traditional dugout canoe. Commonly spotted animals include: lion, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hippos, elephants, crocodiles and countless species of bird.
Situated in the northwestern area of the Okavango Delta, the Panhandle is a stretch of the Okavango River that follows a more-or-less straight course for approximately 70 kilometres before entering the wetlands. This deep channel serves as the main water source feeding the delta and offers excellent tiger and bream fishing, while the surrounding woodlands and the river’s shallow waters teem with a myriad of birds. The Okavango Panhandle is dotted with several villages and serves as a gateway to the scenic Tsodilo Hills, some 40 kilometres west, with their various tribal cave paintings, some dating back as far as 20 000 years. There are also a number of well-established riverside camps that provide comfortable tourist accommodation. Visitors can enjoy excellent fishing, first-class birding, boating on the Okavango river and game viewing in the Mahangu National Park.
Savuti – Chobe National Park
Savuti, also known as Savute lies in the heart of Botswana’s beautiful Chobe National Park. This dynamic wilderness is a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the dry channel that was once its lifeline. The Savute goes through wet and dry cycles, where wild dogs hunt in the dry river channel where crocodiles swam only twenty years ago. Visitors to this spectacular area can spot abundant wildlife including: a variety of birds, elephants, antelope, lion prides, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, kudu, hyena, cheetah Cape buffalo herds, and thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest.
Situated in northern Botswana, the Selinda Reserve is a 130 000 hectare private wildlife reserve. Sandwiched between the Savute Channel, Chobe National Park and the sensational Okavango Delta, this sanctuary is well off the beaten track and offers visitors an exclusive wildlife viewing experience. This varied landscape hosts a wide selection of species in diverse habitats. Visitors can enjoy eco-friendly safaris including guided bush walks, 4X4 game drives, and boat safaris. Spot an array of magnificent of wildlife such as the rare roan and sable antelopes, lion, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, African wild dog, and large elephant herds.
Situated in the northern corner of Botswana, the Selinda Spillway connects the ancient waterways of the eastern Linyati Swamps and the western Okavango Delta. The spillway can flow in two different directions and along its course, you will find the game-rich floodplains of the Selinda Reserve, one of the country’s most famous wildlife concessions. This area is off the beaten track, which allows for prime game and bird viewing opportunities. Commonly spotted wildlife include: lion, hyena, jackal, leopard, buck, cheetah, large herds of elephants and the rare African wild dog. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities including game drives, guided bush walks, and canoeing safaris.
Located in the far reaches of northwestern Botswana, the Tsodilo Hills mark the highest point in the country. Abruptly rising 400 metres from the vast western Kalahari, these hills consist of four distinct mounds: the female, the male, the child and an even smaller ‘kopje’. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famed Tsodilo Hills are home to more than 4000 remarkable rock paintings and considered a sacred space for the San people. It is said that the Tsodilo Hills are one of the world’s oldest historical sites, which have been inhabited on and off for the last 60 000 years. Visitors can enjoy guided tours around this ancient spiritual mecca.
The small town of Xhumaga is situated in north-central Botswana and rests on the western bank of the Boteti River, flanking the Makgadikgadi National Park. This photographer’s wonderland presents visitors with striking scenes of vast open plains, dramatic Acacia tree silhouettes and wandering herds of wildlife. The Makgadikgadi National Park, which encompasses the largest saltpan in the world, provides a home for antelope, zebra and wildebeest, and stone age tools and artefacts dot the landscape. At the Nxai Pan, nature enthusiasts can spot unusual species such as hartebeest, bat-eared fox, brown hyena, and cheetah. A rich culture flourishes here, and the town is happy to welcome visitors to their way of life. Make sure to try some of the region’s traditional dishes such as mopane worms, lamb, meat stew (seswaa) and maize porridge (pap), as well as the sweet, tasty watermelon (lerotse) grown here.