Botswana National Parks and Game Reserves
Botswana has a proud history of wildlife conservation; 17% of it's land is dedicated to national parks and game reserves. From the dry Kalahari desert to the lush Okavango swamps, Botswana has some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. Besides an abundance of wildlife, each region has it's own unique ecosystem and habitat, a real treat for the traveller. The Government's policy for low density tourism has made Botswana one of Africa's premier safari destinations.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve
This is the largest game reserve in Botswana and at almost 53,000 sq km. Despite the lack of some of the larger mammals such as Elephant, Hippo and Buffalo this reserve nevertheless can be equally as rewarding as the more popular game reserves. The Kalahari is renowned for its impressive black-maned lions and the habitat of wide open pans makes this reserve one of the best places for seeing Cheetah in Botswana.

 

Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve 

Arguably Botswana's most beautiful reserve, Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the eastern section of the Okavango Delta and as a result has a biodiversity second to none in Botswana. More than half of the reserve is inaccessible to vehicles as it consists of lagoons, marshes and seasonal channels. As one of the best wildlife reserves in the whole of Africa this reserve is a must for any guest on safari in Botswana.  Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog and Cheetah are frequently encountered whilst Elephants are common throughout the reserve as are Giraffe and Zebra as well as numerous antelope.

Savuti 

Savuti with its open grassland, rocky outcrops and surrounding woodland provides ideal habitat for a wide variety of game including Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah - indeed Savuti is well-known for its excellent sightings of predators. A trip to Savuti can be combined with Chobe.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park


The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park was set up to protect the fragile environment around the salt pans which extend into the southern section of the Park. The Makgadikgadi Pans, when in flood during the summer, attract vast flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans as well as other waterbirds. The Zebra migration from Phuduhudu to the Khumaga area of the Park is one of the highlights of this area with large herds of Zebra filling the air with their calls.

Chobe National Park 

The second largest national park in Botswana is well-known for its Elephant population numbering upwards of 60,000. With one of the highest concentrations of game in southern Africa this national park is one of the most popular. Almost all of Botswana's mammals can be seen in this vast national park. The Chobe River flows along the northern boundary of Chobe - separating Botswana from the Caprivi Strip in Namibia.

Linyanti 

Linyanti with its forested river frontage and the Chobe river front in the north are also popular destinations - with the latter being famous for its Buffalo hunting Lions and huge Elephant herds.

Nxai Pans National Park


This national park has recently been extended to incorporate the area surrounding Baine's Baobabs which were made famous by Thomas Baine's painting in the late 1800's. The Pan attracts a number of plains game such as Gemsbok and Springbok and the surrounding bushveld provides habitat for Giraffe, Kudu and Impala. This is the only place in Botswana where Springbok and Impala occur together naturally. The Pan provides perfect habitat for Cheetah and the waterhole on the Pan provides the focal point for interactions between Lions and their prey. Wild Dog can occasionally be seen.