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Botswana with Greenlife Safaris offers the best safari lodges and camps with superb wildlife in wilderness areas, an experience unparalleled in Africa.

Description

Laying in the heart of southern Africa, Botswana is a country that exemplify the safari experience and embodies the outstanding beauty of Africa. The arid desert country is one of miraculous scenes, and to ensure it stays that way, Botswana has adopted a low-impact, high-cost tourism policy which guarantees its visitors exclusivity, luxury and the feel of a true African wilderness.

The allure of picture-perfect panoramic plains stretch as far as the eye can see, granting Botswana the title of being a Mecca to all photography enthusiasts. Its allure is one of diversity, a country that absorbs the beams of the African sun and in turn, transforms its desert heat into a glittering landscape of marvel and magnificence.

The dusted town of Maun is the gateway to all things safari in Botswana and although the country is a vast arid region of red desert sand, the Central Kalahari is unusually carpeted by grass-covered dunes, dotted by ancient baobab and acacia’s, and flourishing with vegetation.

Journey to the world’s largest inland delta and drift through shimmering floodplains, pools and lily covered lagoons which is essentially known as the Okavango Delta.

Chobe National Park is a collection of paradise-like eco-systems, swarming with the flutter of remarkable birdlife which are attracted by the thriving growth of lush plant species; all coming together to fill the outstandingly beautiful landscape of the Africa wilderness.

 

Access Details

Botswana has daily flights to Gaborone and Maun via Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport and Cape Town. Domestic flights connect between Gaborone, Maun, Kasane and Francistown. Self drive is only recommended with two or more 4x4 vehicles.

Vehicle hire is available

Suggested Stay Details

The ideal time to experience Botswana is between 7 - 10 days.

Type of Experience

One of best safari destinations in Africa. Safari activities in Okavango, Chobe, Mashatu and Kalahari. Discover Rock Art, archaeological treasures, traverse expansive salt pans, discover giant baobab trees, explore red sands of Kalahari, and seek out elusive desert animals.

The country is a Mecca for photography, wildlife safaris and adventures. Botswana is one of Africa’s booming economies, and as such, the country welcomes international guests with warm smiles and open arms.

Offering everything from ancient history, African tradition and culture, an outstandingly miraculous landscape and of course, a safari destination that is home to a diverse population of exceptional wildlife. There is no doubt that Botswana is one of the best countries to visit when on safari.

Infrastructure

Botswana’s infrastructure is excellent and the country is relatively safe. Home to international bank facilities and luxurious accommodation, Botswana is sure to impress the most seasoned of travelers.

Geography

Botswana is largely covered by the Kalahari Desert, but inland rivers run deep and the Okavango Delta gives rise to a lush emerald covered landscape.

History

Round about the 1800’s, the Batswana moved into Botswana from the regions of South Africa and lived under tribal rule as hunter-gathers. The 19th Century ushered in turbulent times between the tribes of the Batswana and the Boer settlers who occupied the Transvaal. In 1885, the northern regions of Bechuanaland were placed under the direct protection of the British Government and the southern regions became part of the Cape Colony.

As time passed, northern Bechuanaland became known as Botswana and southern Bechuanaland has formed part of South Africa’s Northwest Province.
In 1964 Botswana was granted independence from British government and as a result, the county became democratic and self-government.


Botswana Travel Destinations

Activities & Highlights

"EXPLORE IN A MAKORO: The many river valleys, swamps and streams attract a plethora of wildlife and with a traditional mokoro, these waters become a majestic winding course of exploration. The mokoro is a dugout canoe used by the indigenous people who occupied the land hundreds of years ago. Drift across pools, lagoons and narrow streams, and listen to the cry of the overflying birds. Watch were you’re drifting because these streams are home to some rather territorial hippos and crocodiles who lounge about without a care in the world, other than the thought of their next meal.

BIRDS PARADISE: The Okavango Delta is a luscious wonderland of papyrus lined waterways, forest fringed pools and rolling grasslands. It is no surprise that birds would flock to these majestic confines. The colourful carmine bee-eater flocks back during the summer months. The woodland kingfisher, hornbill, francolins, warblers and bulbuls all raucously fill the air with the chorus of their tweets. Slaty egret, wanders, storks, cranes and 16 species of heron are all present too.

FEISTY FISH: Home to well over 70 species of fish, the Okavango Delta is the ideal waters to cast a line in and relax. After all, you’re going to need to reserve your strength if it’s the fighting tiger fish you’re after. The streams are flourishing with sick-fin barb fish, tilapia and catfish. Keep a lookout for the giant 1.4m sharptooth-catfish which lurk in these waters.

QUAD BIKE: Explore the plains of the Makgadikgadi Pans on quad bikes. Immerse yourself in the vast saline covered areas and speed around for hours without a true destination.

ELEPHANT TRAILS: Besides the unparalleled beauty of the Okavango Delta, the floodplains lend itself to the march of the African elephant, a giant member of the Big Five. Here you get a chance to explore the wilderness on the back of a well trained gentle African giant. Perched high, you blend into the wilderness which offers astonishing advantages. Strolling alongside the larger elephants are playful calf’s, cutely trying their best not to trample on their own trunk or strolling behind holding the tail of their mother.



Season Travel Details

Botswana is consistent with a arid-desert climate.

The wet season causes the delta to swell and the desert bursts into blossoming colour from November to March.

Rain generally stops in the month of April and the areas become dryer toward October. During this time, game congregate around permanent water holes and the water streams of the delta.

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