Growing up as a child, show after show on National Geographic would have incredible glimpses of animal life. I would sit glued to the TV, soaking up knowledge like a sponge. Learning about animals that survive in harsh conditions, huge inland delta fish, leopard reproduction and raising their young cubs, how lions hunt, migration of elephants, or the Kalahari people and their storied pasts. It was like a game of Roulette filled with cool animal facts. Each of them had one thing in common. They were filmed in Botswana.
Botswana is a large landlocked country in Southern Africa bordering Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. 75 percent of the land is Kalahari desert. It is one of the World’s most flat countries, and driving through lots of Botswana is quite boring. Few ever venture into the heart of Botswana, the Central Kalahari desert. It is no easy task, due to its remoteness and enormous rolling sand dunes. Most come to Botswana to go North, to the Okavango Delta and Chobe Game Reserve.
Places of Interest
Okavango Delta is one of the World’s largest inland river delta. It floods once a year in May-July and it is stunning to see especially an aerial view from a scenic flight. Animals flock to the water, and there is lots of action.
Moremi Game Reserve is located just next to the Delta and is home to the big five. It is known as one of the best game reserves in Africa, and many come here to self-drive on safari. It is serious 4×4 driving, at times through very thick sand. For the ultimate adventure you can drive through Moremi to Chobe up to Kasane all through the national parks.
Maun is the base for activities in the Okavango Delta and Moremi. Here you can stock up on supplies before heading out for safari.
Gweta – Salt Pans are a region which there are several salt flats, two of which are National Parks and attract many animals. On the prairie just at the edge of the salt pans, you can find the rare Meerkat colonies.
Chobe is an enormous park that could take several days to cover. It is World class, has the second most resident elephants of any park in Africa and is one of the most densely concentrated pockets of animals in Africa as well. The Chobe River feeds from the Zambezi and nearby Victoria Falls, which floods annually and animals migrate and flock to the rivers edge.
Kasane is the base for activities in Chobe or a day trip to Victoria Falls. This small town has the supplies you need for safari and is also great for those who just come for day excursion such as game drives or river cruises.