Botswana

 

Botswana is one of our two preferred safari destinations.  This is due to Botswana recently banning trophy hunting (though as of 2019, the country is considering a limited hunt on elephants which we wholeheartedly oppose).  Many of Botswana’s private safari concessions (once hunting concessions) have seen an explosion of wildlife in the absence of hunting.  The conservation model in Botswana is working and other countries should follow Botswana’s path.  First Light Safaris is delighted to be working with our Botswana partners in providing world class safari experiences.

It is considered, by many, the top safari destinations 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 is trophy free and should be at the top of your safari bucket list. 

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