Early indications predict that Post Covid-19 many will want to visit destinations that are set in peaceful settings, that speaks to nature and are crowd free, Botswana leads itself to this in more ways than one can imagine!
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, Botswana has a landscape like no other. It is home to the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. That coupled with its majestic wildlife, natural wonders and warm locals makes it a special place to visit.
Here are 5 interesting facts about Botswana:
- The Makgadikgadi Pan, a salt pan situated in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana, is one of the largest salt flats 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.
- Botswana has the largest elephant population on the continent. Travellers say the best place to see them is at Chobe National Park, known for their large herds of elephants. This beautiful country is home to 130,000 elephants, making up a third of all the elephants in Africa.
- The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is best described as a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana and known for its sprawling grassy plains. June to August is the best time to visit when the water levels are highest.
- Botswana is approximately the size of France, but has only 2 million people living in the country, compared to France’s 66.9 million.
- The rare confluence of a total four nations coming together on one spot only exists in Africa where the corners of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia meet – known as the quadripoint at Kazangula.
Botswana’s vast expanses of wilderness combined with the sensation of limitless space will allow you to forget the restraints of daily life and completely re-connect with nature. Take in the beauty of the Okavango delta, experience the isolation and vastness of the Makgadikgadi pans or enjoy seeing the prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park or on the Kalahari Plains.
Here are some of Botswana’s unmissable highlights:
- Okavango Delta: Known as “the Jewel of the Kalahari” the Delta is one of Africa’s top safari destinations. A unique attraction where the great Okavango River never finds the sea, but flows into the Kalahari Desert and fans out into a delta formation. The Okavango Delta supports an impressive concentration of animals and birds including the Big 5 and over 400 bird species. A must try is a guided Mokoro excursion through this wetland paradise in a traditional dugout canoe.
- Hot air ballooning over the Okavango Delta: A hot air balloon ride offers an experience of a lifetime, travellers can see the world from a new perspective with the opportunity to see, smell and hear their surroundings. Ballooning offers adventure, mixed with a unique feeling of freedom and, in wildlife areas, often enhances safari experiences.
- Moremi Game Reserve: A pristine and diverse wilderness area, forms part of the Okavango Delta, it ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. Covering over 4871 square kilometres, this diverse ecosystem supports a wide spectrum of wildlife. 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.
- Chobe National Park and Chobe River: No matter how you arrive, by land or by air, the first glimpse of the Chobe River is breath-taking! Arguably one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diverse concentration of wildlife unlike anywhere else in the world. Home to more than 50 000 elephants, Chobe National Park is 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, the Linyanti Swamps, the arid hinterland and Serondela. This diversity of habitats provides a sanctuary to an astonishing array of African wildlife.
- Makgadikgadi Salt Pans: Set in the heart of the dry savanna, 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. Travellers visiting will enjoy a unique salt desert experience. Visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of this incredible landscape, experience safaris to spot a host of wildlife and choose from a number of activities. Be sure to keep an eye out for the countless flamingo flocks creating a magnificent pink spectacle dotting the landscape.
- Linyanti Concessions: 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. A top tip is to experience a nigh drive which will allow for the discovery of nocturnal creatures such as 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.
- Central Kalahari Game Reserve: Perfect for adventure seekers looking for a truly remote African safari. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest, offer 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.
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