Although more than 80% of the land mass of Botswana lies in the Kalahari it is nevertheless a country of great diversity, with unique landscapes playing host to a wide variety of species. Within this great sand deposit are swamps and rivers, giving the great desert a unique appeal.
Diversity of landscapes
Botswana does not have the clichéd post card picture landscapes of East Africa but what Botswana does have are unique and fascinating wilderness areas, each with their own soul and incredible attractions.
Desert: Botswana lies at the heart of the Kalahari Desert with most the country covered by desert sands but as the Kalahari is not a true desert the land is vegetated and is prime wildlife area.
See Central Kalahari safari
Delta: Within this great deposit of sand is the world’s most unique delta, the Okavango, a place of incredible beauty and diversity where the waters are swallowed by the Kalahari Sand after passing through the system.
See Okavango Delta safari
Great rivers: Another unusual aspect of Botswana is the presence of rivers that attract countless numbers of wildlife in what is predominantly a desert country. Some of these rivers meet other rivers whilst some simply sink away into the sands of the Kalahari Desert.
Salt pans: Central Botswana was once part of a massive inland lake, the remnants of which are still visible in the many unique geological features such as the largest salt pans in the world, the Makgadikgadi, a place of fascinating wildlife and endless horizons.
See Makgadikgadi Pans safari
Top attractions for visiting Botswana
- World’s largest inland delta, the Okavango, providing spectacular wildlife viewing
- Africa’s greatest concentrations of Elephants in Chobe and Linyanti
- World’s largest salt pans, Makgadikadi, providing a unique safari experience
- Pristine wilderness areas
- Desert adapted and water adapted wildlife
- Private concessions in wildlife rich areas
- Stable economy and safe country to travel to
- Strong tourism service ethic
Travelling in Botswana
Botswana has fast become the first choice safari destination for many safari connoisseurs due to its varied ecosystems and wildlife diversity, and combined with a range of accommodations to suit every taste and budget, the country provides the ultimate in African safari.
Botswana - the best safari destination in Africa
There are a number of countries in Africa that lay claim to the best safari destination on the continent, and while all offer something spectacular it is Botswana that comes out tops on many people’s list.
What makes a great safari destination?
When people talk safari today it is the wildlife and standard of accommodation that come to mind immediately, and although important there are many other aspects to be taken into account when selecting the ideal safari to Africa.
Throughout history the explorers in Africa have reported on the great herds of animals on the plains, and in particular the incidents with the larger mammals, and hunters have told stories of the dangers of facing the big game of the dark continent. All these reports have ensured our fascination with the wildlife of Africa today and as such an African safari is not complete without big game.
While some countries have always been renowned in safari circles for wildlife, Botswana has only in the recent past become a popular wildlife destination – and many people rate the Botswana wildlife experience up with the best in Africa.
The Botswana people are mostly a collection of Setswana speaking groups woven into a population making up the people of Botswana, and there are opportunities to visit villages during a safari to experience life in the country.
There is a group of people in Botswana, however, that still adhere to their ancient culture – the Bushmen, known to be the first people in the country. The fascinating culture of the Bushmen people is a highlight of any Botswana safari and a visit to their spiritual grounds at Tsodilo Hills is a memorable experience.
Accessibility to Botswana
Although considered a long haul destination it is relatively easy getting to Botswana as many international airlines fly into Gaborone, or nearby Johannesburg, and connect with the safari areas in the north. Getting around the remote wilderness areas of Botswana is mostly by small plane, but driving is also an option, although the roads are generally dusty and hard to drive, and suited for the more adventurous.
Stability in Botswana
Botswana is known as one of the most stable countries in Africa, politically, economically and with regards to visitor security. Regular elections ensure a healthy democracy and sound economic management have ensured a country and a people that respect security and human values.
So why is Botswana the best African safari country to visit?
With amazing wildlife and fascinating cultures and landscapes added to security and stability within the country Botswana is regarded by many African connoisseurs as the best choice for an African holiday.