Botswana Safari Attractions
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.
The Okavango River rather eccentrically, does not flow into the sea but into the greatest inland river delta in the world. The Delta is not the place for abundant big game, however, the crystal clear waters and little islets shelter rich and varied bird and plant life. There is a multitude of smaller animals. Paddle your way around the tangle of waterways in the traditional mokoro or dug-out canoe.
Chobe National Park
Not far from the Okavango Delta is Chobe, an area of rolling grassland renowned for its vast elephant population. The enormous Makgadikgadi salt pans, once a great lake, are home to flocks of rosy flamingos, herds of blue wildebeest and various antelope.
Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Pans
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...