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Botswana is a country of contrasts and one of the few remaining wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Picture a mélange of animals and unspoilt landscapes, with winding waterways fringed by papyrus plants, otherworldly glittering salt pans, and elephant herds as far as the eye can see.
It’s home to a third of the world’s elephants, an impressive big cat population and adorable meerkat mobs. Most importantly, it’s a haven for endangered animals like African wild dogs and black rhino, therefore making Botswana a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts.
View from the top of the Okavango Delta
If you’re looking for the cream of the crop of safari experiences, this is it. Therefore, we’ve hand-crafted the perfect Botswana itinerary for 2021, just for you.
Photography and wildlife enthusiasts, romantic getaways, group travel
Curious lion cubs.
Victoria Falls is the perfect stopover on your way to Botswana. Known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ that roughly translates as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, it’s one of those natural wonders that leave you gasping for breath at its sheer majesty.
The largest veil of water in the world, it gushes down with a mighty force, rainbows proudly arranged in its mist. It’s almost as if the world is split open, smoke billowing through the cracks.
But this grand, mystical sight is not all you have to look forward to. Dubbed the ‘Adventure Capital’, you can partake in a never-ending list of adrenaline-fueled activities.
The majestic Victoria Falls
A dreamy setting. Credit: Royal Chundu
Riverside relaxation. Credit: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Lush gardens. Credit: Victoria Falls Hotel
Read more about Vic Falls:
10 Reasons Why Victoria Falls is Africa’s Greatest Natural Wonder
Majestic Victoria Falls. Credit: Dietmar Temps
Immensity and diversity in the name of the game at Chobe National Park, with an abundance of species calling it home.
Known as the ‘Elephant Capital’ of the world, Chobe is dominated by countless elephants as well as many other animals. For example, you can also look forward to seeing the rest of the Big 5, zebra, giraffe, endangered African Wild Dog, civet, hyena, baboon and puku antelope. In addition to these land animals, crocodiles and hippos lurk under the surface of the water.
There are also so many ways to explore this wildlife-rich area. For instance, game drives, photographic safaris, bush walks and boat cruises.
Botswana’s gentle giants
Elephant on safari. Credit: Belmond Savute.
Welcome to paradise. Credit: Chobe Game Lodge
Elephants coming for a sip. Credit: Savute Safari Lodge
A night to remember. Credit: Belmond Savute
Find out more about Chobe here: Chobe National Park: Welcome to the Land of Gentle Giants
Drinks with a view. Credit: Chobe Game Lodge
‘The river that never finds the sea’ perfectly describes the Okavango Delta as many have scratched their heads over why this Delta floods in the dry months. You can read all about this mystery here.
The largest inland delta in the world, it comprises winding waterways snaking through a maze of thousands of little islands. This water wonderland lures a wealth of animals to quench their thirst, splash around, or to hunt down their prey. Moreover, crocodiles and hippos also patrol the water, waiting for their moment to pounce.
The Okavango Delta is a dream-like destination for anyone who loves Mother Nature and her inhabitants.
The Okavango Delta water wonderland
Elephants cross the Okavango River
Dining under the stars. Credit: Duba Plains Camp
Room with a view. Credit: Machaba Camp
Nxabega camp at sunset
Read more about the Okavango Delta here:
Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta.
Spanning across 16,000 square kilometres, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are the largest in the world, roughly the size of Switzerland. However, don’t let this moon-like isolation fool you as it’s anything but lifeless and home to a variety of desert-adapted species.
As a result of the different seasons, the pans look completely different throughout the year, transforming from parched plains to lush wetlands when the rainfall finally brings relief, subsequently luring animals from afar with predators close on their heels.
One of the best ways to experience the Makgadikgadi is to head back to a simpler time before 4×4 vehicles and planes were invented and to make your way across the vast plains on horseback.
Horseback riding through the vast Makgadikgadi Pans.
A zebra roaming the isolated Makgadikgadi Pans
In the middle of nowhere. Credit: San Camp
Incredible views from Meno a Kwena Tented Camp. Credit: Natural Selection
Sunset safari. Credit: Leroo La Tau
Find out more about the Makgadikgadi and surrounding attractions here.
The Enigma of the Kalahari Desert: Top 5 Attractions
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