Botswana is considered, by many, the top safari destination in Africa with incredible diversity of both wildlife and landscapes. Approximately 1/3 of all elephants that remain in Africa can be found in Botswana. Painted Wolf (also known as the African Wild Dog) are frequently seen. Large prides of lions and healthy leopard and cheetah populations await the safari traveler. Tens of thousands of zebra and wildebeest migrate to the Central Kalahari every December to March/April to take advantage of a greening landscape.
The unique and wildlife rich areas of Botswana include the Okavango Delta (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), Linyanti/Selinda/Kwando region, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Nxai Pan National Park (location of the famed, Baine’s Baobabs), and Makgadikgadi. With over a third of the country set aside for wildlife, Botswana should be at the top of your safari bucket list.
Botswana had banned hunting from 2014 to 2019 and the results for wildlife and conservation were noticeable. Areas that once were killing grounds for wildlife had recovered in the absence of the hunter’s rifle. Additionally, Botswana had a very aggressive anti-poaching strategy with well armed and trained rangers. Sadly, the new administration is lifting the hunting ban as well as scaling back its anti-poaching effectiveness. Poaching of elephants is increasing. We can only hope Botswana reconsiders their dangerous about face and return to what had become a model for the world in terms of conservation without killing.
Still, Botswana has become our favorite destination during what many in the industry refer to as the green season or secret season. It is a quieter time of year and if you want to learn more, click on the big red button below.
Click on the following link for detailed information on Botswana’s diverse wildlife areas. Botswana Tourism