Botswana is one of Africa's best-kept secrets. It boasts stunning landscapes from vast deserts to world-famous wetlands. While sparsely populated, Botswana protects some of Africa's largest wilderness areas. Botswana may be landlocked, but its cultural and wildlife experiences continue to draw the intrepid and adventurous traveller, no matter the fitness level.
Safari-based tourism is significant, and guides lead you to places almost guaranteed for that unique wildlife experience. The Okavango Delta is home to elephants, big cats, and a multitude of birds Moremi Game Reserve is the first reserve established in Africa by residents. It's perfect for a self-drive camper van, and you may feel like you are in a real wildlife documentary. There are big cats, aquatic antelope, hundreds of birds, and almost every other African megafauna.
The Kalahari Desert is something extraordinary. As the most extensive unbroken stretch of sand on earth, it's not what most would call a desert with its changing landscape and animals from black-maned lions to dried fossil river beds dating back millions of years. In Chobe National Park, they say there are tens of thousands of elephants. Both Savuti and Linyanti reserves have some of the best lodges in Africa and an abundance of wildlife.
Visits into villages allow a moment to glimpse into this unique culture that focuses on the land, its animals, and goodwill. Botswana also means diamonds. As the world's largest producer of diamonds, it's become a country where many say, "I love you".
The Dry season, from April to October, is one of the best times to view wildlife as they congregate around waterholes. Wildlife viewing is generally good all-year-round, however, if you have a species, the migration you want to see, plan your trip around that as this is nature, most beautiful. Okavango floods between June to October. The peak season in Botswana is from July to October. The hottest month of the year is usually October. It's more expensive and busier, so booking early is encouraged.
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