Botswana

CAPITAL CITY

Gaborone

BEST TIME TO GO

April – November is best time for game-viewing in majority of Botswana
Late November – March is the rainy season, but is one of the best times for game viewing in the Central Kalahari as well as witnessing the Zebra migration in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

TIME ZONE

GMT +2hrs

GETTING THERE

Daily flights from London Heathrow to Maun via Johannesburg, 12hrs 30mins

Botswana Map

Botswana is a country of contrasts, 80% of the country is covered by desert, while in the north west there is the unique environment of the Okavango Delta.  The Delta is a magical water wilderness, and a haven for birds and huge concentration of game.  Activities are in abundance from mokoro (dug-out canoe) safaris, boat safaris, walking, horse-riding, fishing, fly camping and so much more.

The Okavango River, starting in the mountains of Angola, winds its way across the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, in the direction of the Limpopo.  Cut off thousands of years ago, it is now stranded in the Kalahari, forming an inland delta of 7,000 square miles, the largest in the world and recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In Angola, the rains from December to March swell the papyrus-lined river.  The drop in level between the border and the end of Delta is so slight that the water takes several months to expand into the Delta, which it does in the dry season.  Up to 90% of it evaporates on the way.

35,000 years ago the Makgadikgadi Pans in the east of the Kalahari were a giant lake.  Today, in this often parched expanse, there is an astonishing annual migration of zebra, wildebeest, springbok and gemsbok between November to March, dependent on the infrequent rains.  The Kalahari is well worth visiting for a very different safari experience, and one not to be missed by the sophisticated traveller.  Here you can trace the evolution and origins of the Delta, see adapted species, and get an understanding of the special archeology and anthropology of the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Pans.READ MORE

Top Reasons To Visit Botswana

Okavango Delta

Mokoro Safari

Makgadikgadi Salt Pan

Elephants on the Chobe River

Horse Riding Safaris

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