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Safari in Botswana

Diamonds, game reserves and the great Kalahari basin are the foundation of one of Africa's most stable economies.

In the centre is the Kalahari Game Reserve, which is an endless expanse of savannah plains dotted with stunted acacia trees and hardy shrubs.

Towards the east Botswana becomes even flatter with several gigantic pans shimmering in the semi-arid desert. Here you will find the Nxai Pan National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

In the north, and sharing its bounty with Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia is the Chobe National Park - one of the best wildlife destinations on the continent. Chobe has diverse habitats that support enormous populations of elephant and buffalo; all of the predators; plenty of plains species and abundant birdlife.

In the north-west is the Okavango Delta. Famous for those evocative pictures of khaki-clad couples being poled through an achingly glorious channel on a traditional dugout canoe. The wildlife in this inland waterway is abundant and diverse; birding is excellent and the scenery spectacular.

Species counts in the country reveal the incredible diversity that its habitats support: 164 mammals, including the big five, numerous predators, plains game and a smaller species; and 550 bird species including several specials like Pel's fishing owl, lesser jacana, roufous-bellied heron, slaty egret, southern carmine bee-eater and wattled crane.

Our safaris enter Botswana through Mahango Game Reserve in the Caprivi Strip. We normally spend a few nights in the Okavango Delta pan handle and then go to Chobe through the Caprivi's Bwabwata National Park. From Chobe, Victoria Falls, in Zambia, is less than half a day's drive away.

About Botswana Safaris
Botswana is southern Africa's premier safari destination. The spectacular Chobe and Okavango Delta are rife with wildlife and birds.
The Okavango Delta: teeming with wildlife
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