GET KNOWN WITH BOTSWANA
Written by: Elin Paton & Eivind Stigen Holter. Published: 23.01.2019
Botswana is without a doubt the crown jewel of all noble safari destinations with unique nature and wildlife! Experience the great Kalahari lions in the south and the large herds of elephants in the Okvango Delta further north. Botswana is a paradise for nature lovers and offers contrasts.
Join in the hospitable and beautiful Botswana. The country is named after its largest ethnic group, the tswana. Botswana is one of the finest safari destinations in Africa. Large areas are allocated to national parks, and the number of visitors is limited to protect the environment. This allows you to experience an untouched and undisturbed wilderness. The lodges we use are of a high standard and have a profile that protects both the environment and the people who live there.
WHY GO TO BOTSWANA?
Botswana is without a doubt the crown jewel of all noble safari destinations! Experience the great Kalahari lions in the south to large flocks of elephants in the Okvango Delta. Botswana is a paradise for nature lovers and offers contrasts. From the Kalahari Desert, covering one third of Botswana's land area, to the world's largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta. Every year, water from the highlands of Angola flows over the Kalahari Desert and creates a tropical delta. This is where one finds the greatest concentrations of animals; great herds of elephant and buffalo, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and antelopes - to name a few. Experiencing Botswana's varied wildlife in mokorobo (traditionally made from hollowed-out tree trunks) in the beautiful delta is unique.
WHY does safari in Botswana cost?
There are several reasons why safaris in Botswana are more expensive than, for example, South Africa. The country is twice as large as Norway and with a landscape that makes it necessary to fly guests and supplies into most lodges. In addition, Botswana has decided to invest in sensible ecotourism with fewer available lodges and a limited number of guests.
WHEN should you travel to Botswana?
Botswana is considered a year-round destination, but different seasons can offer different experiences. November to March is considered a rainy season. Many camper vans in the Okavango Delta are closed at this time called the green time. During this period, there is a lot of animals in the Kalahari areas and a good opportunity to see the great Kalahari lions.
The period from June to October is considered the dry period. Then the highest density of animals in the Okavango Delta is the perfect time for boat or mokoro safaris (canoe made from a hollow tree trunk). This is generally high season for most safari destinations in Botswana and a lot of animals.
Where are you travelling?
Almost 40 percent of the country's surface is set aside for national parks and reserves. Botswana offers limitless and very different safari experiences. Chobe National Park in the North is called "Home of the Giants" and here you will find the largest concentration of elephants on earth. It is said that there are at least 120 000 elephants in the area. Okavango delta is the crown jewel of all safari destinations. This is the world's largest domestic delta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kalahari is the largest nature reserve in southern Africa. Here you meet on desert landscapes and you are lucky maybe you can meet at the great Kalahari lions.
HOW do you get to Botswana?
From Europe you can fly directly either via Cape Town or Victoria Falls straight to Kasane or Maun Airport. Here, there are an incredible number of small flights to various safari destinations in Botswana.
GET Africa Travel recommend a combination of a visit to several lodges if you are traveling in Botswana. Only then will you have the opportunity to experience the unique diversity of animals and nature.
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