Botswana is one of the most sought after safari destinations in Africa with many diverse areas from deserts to lush delta grassland to forest, and a range of animal and bird species to be seen on game drives
© Cheetah kill near Lagoon Camp. Linyanti
'The buffalo herd was moving slowly in our direction, unperturbed that we were parked in their path. We watched them, around 500 in all, as they got closer and eventually circling the vehicle as they passed, some within three meters of where we were sitting. I looked around at the faces of the people in the car and from their expressions I realised just how impactful a game drive in Botswana really is'.
Highlights of a Botswana Game Drive
- High number of predators in many areas
- Able to view animals from up close
- Pristine wilderness areas
- Open vehicles for better viewing
Night drives and off-roading
Botswana has many parks, reserves and private concessions open to game drives and these all provide different and unique experiences. There is strict control over driving in the official national parks and reserves, with off-roading and night driving prohibited but this does not prevent spectacular sightings as the day drives are very productive.
The private concession areas outside the parks and reserves provide opportunities for off -road driving and night drives although both activities are done in moderation.
Different Places - Vastly Different Experiences
The Chobe River in the far north eastern corner of Botswana is renowned for Africa's greatest concentrations of Elephant and Buffalo during the dry season, but other game is plentiful with a big concentration of predators. Game drives take place predominantly along the riverfront.
Savute is a place of contradictions, a place where the river flows for undisclosed amount of time before drying to dust for a period of years. The Savute is in a flooded period at the moment and has become a dry season refuge for animals. Renowned for its predator interaction the game drives in the area explore the edge of the channel and marsh.
Part of the Okavango Delta, Moremi is known by many as the most beautiful park in Africa and few who have travelled extensively on the continent can argue this point, but it is also the wildlife that awes visitors to this incredible place. Game drives through forest and floodplains showcase a veritable Eden in this place called Moremi.
Game drives in the Okavango Delta are some of the most inspiring safari activities on offer as they traverse the most pristine wilderness in Africa, and the wildlife is as spectacular as the area is beautiful, with great herds and high predator populations. Floodplains, lagoons, riverine forest and secluded island add up to a game of unforgettable sights.
For a totally different game drive experience the arid plains of the Central Kalahari showcase another unique area in Botswana, with unique wildlife that has adapted to the arid environment. It is here where desert adapted species such as Oryx and Springbok can be found.Leigh Kemp