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Destination: Botswana2018-12-09T19:14:53+00:00

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Botswana is a country in Southern Africa with a population of two million occupants, bordering South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In its wild and untamed landscapes, Botswana is uniquely known as “one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world”, as the Kalahari Desert sweeps across 70% of its land. The capital city of Gaborone populates roughly 230,000 citizens and is the largest city in the country. Botswana is rich in culture and tradition as there are three main ethnic groups within the country and 20+ different languages spoken throughout, English being the country’s official language and Setswana being its main.

The Okavango Delta is one of Botswana’s most prized natural wonders and is one of the main reasons people travel to Botswana. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is an incredible, vast and stretching delta inlet that consists of swamplands and natural islands, affected by the seasonal flooding of the site and home to various wildlife and endangered species living within the wetland system. Along with the Okavango Delta, Botswana is also home to other spectacular and scenic, wild and natural wonders such as the Kalahari Central Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. Due to its wild nature, Botswana is home to an array of wildlife including the big 5, wild dogs, cheetahs, hippopotami, baboons, monkeys, hundreds of species of birds and more. From its breathtaking sunsets and vast, open skies to its unique landforms and populous wildlife, as well as it’s richness in culture and identity, Botswana is an unbelievable, natural spectacle.

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Botswana National Parks and Game Reserves

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Travel to Botswana is not complete without a visit to Chobe National Park. Chobe National Park is a large game park that is home to a massive concentration of various wildlife species. The encompassing area was declared a national park in 1967, becoming Botswana’s very first national park. Africa’s largest population of elephants exists within Chobe National Park, along with a large population of the lions that hunt them. Alongside elephants, a mass of other wildlife including zebra, wildebeest, elephant, giraffe, buffalo and more find their home within Chobe. Chobe consists of dense forest and marshlands, as well as dry, grassy woodland, its diverse vegetation makes the park a unique destination as it varies from landscape to landscape. There is more than one method to traverse these habitats, both river cruises and game drives offer a unique perspective allowing visitors to experience the park and all that it inhabits from various viewpoints.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Travel to Botswana is not complete without a visit to Chobe National Park. Chobe National Park is a large game park that is home to a massive concentration of various wildlife species. The encompassing area was declared a national park in 1967, becoming Botswana’s very first national park. Africa’s largest population of elephants exists within Chobe National Park, along with a large population of the lions that hunt them. Alongside elephants, a mass of other wildlife including zebra, wildebeest, elephant, giraffe, buffalo and more find their home within Chobe. Chobe consists of dense forest and marshlands, as well as dry, grassy woodland, its diverse vegetation makes the park a unique destination as it varies from landscape to landscape. There is more than one method to traverse these habitats, both river cruises and game drives offer a unique perspective allowing visitors to experience the park and all that it inhabits from various viewpoints.

THE OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta is one of Botswana’s most prized natural wonders and is one of the main reasons people travel to Botswana. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is an incredible, vast and stretching delta inlet that consists of swamplands and natural islands, affected by the seasonal flooding of the site and home to various wildlife and endangered species living within the wetland system. Cheetah, leopard, lion, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo, hyena and many more can all be found living within the delta. Some of the most endangered species of animals live within the delta in large numbers including black and white rhino as well as cheetah, lion and wild dog. The vegetation in the delta is lush and overflowing, as the swamplands consist of long papyrus reeds and flooded grasslands. Within the delta consists of hundreds of smaller islands, each a unique size and shape, many sprouting sycamore trees, reeds, palms and African mangosteen. As there are hundreds of bird species living within the delta, birding is a popular activity for visitors as well as fishing in the delta waters.

NXAI PAN NATIONAL PARK

Nxai Pan National Park is a park in the Kalahari ecosystem which consists of the Nxai Pan, a large salt pan that was declared a national park in 1992, after having been a game reserve since 1970. One factor that makes the park unique is the amount of wildlife that roam the pan during the rainy seasons as vegetation begins to sprout, drawn to a notable waterhole in the center of the park they are known to congregate here and are easily viewed by visitors. As the rains draw out animals, herds of giraffe, Springbok, zebras and more can be seen roaming the area, along with their predators, cheetah, jackal and lion. An area known as Baines Baobabs exists within the park, as it was included as a part of the Nxai Pan National park after the parks transition from reserve to national park in 1992 and consists of seven ancient and massive baobab trees clustered together in a picturesque setting.

NXAI PAN NATIONAL PARK

Nxai Pan National Park is a park in the Kalahari ecosystem which consists of the Nxai Pan, a large salt pan that was declared a national park in 1992, after having been a game reserve since 1970. One factor that makes the park unique is the amount of wildlife that roam the pan during the rainy seasons as vegetation begins to sprout, drawn to a notable waterhole in the center of the park they are known to congregate here and are easily viewed by visitors. As the rains draw out animals, herds of giraffe, Springbok, zebras and more can be seen roaming the area, along with their predators, cheetah, jackal and lion. An area known as Baines Baobabs exists within the park, as it was included as a part of the Nxai Pan National park after the parks transition from reserve to national park in 1992 and consists of seven ancient and massive baobab trees clustered together in a picturesque setting.

MOREMI GAME RESERVE

The Moremi Game Reserve is a unique destination when you travel to Botswana as it was the first game reserve in Botswana that was founded by local residents in 1963 as an act of protection after the wildlife population of the area had been affected when it was discovered by Europeans. The Moremi Game Reserve is located within the Okavango Delta, making up about 40% of the delta and is home to an array of wildlife, including close to 500 bird species. Moremi Game Reserve allows visitors to explore the park in various ways, along with walking tours, visitors are able to take a mokoro through the delta, a canoe-like boat made from the hollowed-out trunk of a large, hard tree. The Reserve is significant as it is the only area of the Okavango Delta that is officially protected. The Big Five are easily spotted, as a population of black and white rhino have recently been revived. The scenic and varied landscape of the Moremi Game Reserve consists of marshlands, lush forested areas, and beautiful lagoons.