If you are looking for the very best opportunity to see a great diversity in Africa my recommendation would be to visit Botswana. Botswana is Africa's shining light, with a stable democracy, peaceful people, honest politicians (yes) positive GDP growth and money in the bank are the reasons for this countries success! The county is huge with many different geographic areas, which account for the huge diversity in animal life. Most of Botswana lies in the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta a wondrous wetland within a desert, receiving its waters from rain over a thousand kilometers away from Angola, sustaining a huge diversity of flora and fauna.
For instance in the north east of the country; the Chobe and Linyanti parks are renowned for their predators and large concentrations of game. Giant herds of hippo, crocodile, elephant, red lechwe, zebra, giraffe, sable, roan, waterbuck, buffalo, baboon, monkey, warthog, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena. Here you can do different activities such as mokoring, which is a lovely way to be a part of the delta in a small boat while your guide uses a pole to traverse this enchanted area. Also daily game drives and short nature walks are part of activities in Botswana.
A place of woodland and unusual watercourses, the Linyanti in northern Botswana boasts the famous Savute Channel, once again a river in its own right, and the productive Linyanti River. This area is famous for its huge concentrations of elephant in the dry season and big game year round.
One of the world’s biggest inland deltas, and ranking as one of the world’s top wildlife destinations, the Okavango Delta is one of the richest and most varied habitats in Africa offering huge diversity of flora and fauna.
In the south central area lies the dry Kalahari and Makgadikgadi pans, the desert experience species unique to the area as well as the geology, archaeology and anthropology of the Kalahari and salt pans.
One of Botswana’s best-kept secrets is the fact that the Makgadikgadi Pans are home to the world’s second-longest zebra migration. Every year, up to 25,000 zebras move in herds across the plains, from the Okavango to the Makgadikgadi, a journey of more than 150 miles. This specific migration takes place after the December-January rains which, by February and March have transformed the arid expanse of the massive salt pans into a haven of shallow tributaries with vibrant green vistas.
In the dry season you also get the chance to see the desert through the eyes of a meerkat - which, despite the fact that it’s only a foot off the ground, is a pretty spectacular vantage point, and definitely one of the most special and memorable game experiences you will encounter in Botswana. Mount your trusty quad bike to head off across the pans. Watch the sun set and the stars rise.
Head off on your quad bike search of some unique desert species such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, and the elusive brown hyaena, which is the third rarest large carnivore in Africa, with only about 8,000 in the wild.
No trip to the Kalahari is complete unless you experience a dignified, sensitive and non-patronizing cultural experience; walk with Bushmen trackers and watch the children learn hunting skills; an opportunity to observe the age old ritual of the Initiation Hunt; accompany the women as they gather herbs and medicinal plants; experience the magic of the healing trance dance...
Botswana is by far the fairest of them all in terms of most diversity of wildlife and abundance. The camps we use are in private concessions, which harbor the most prolific game in Botswana. An ideal itinerary would be to spend 2 to 3 nts in each area of the Okavango Delta, starting or ending in Victoria Falls. You could easily spend at the minimum 7nts up to a full 12 nts enjoying the magnificent diversity of this amazing country!