Six of Botswana's Best Safari Destinations
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Up until a few years ago, a channel flowed into the Savuti. What’s left today is a muddy marsh and a few man-made waterholes, which support an amazing array of wildlife in an otherwise dry and inhospitable environment. Lodges in this isolated reserve are few and far between, while predators are plentiful so chances are high you’ll get great big cat viewing all to yourself.
We spent a night at Savuti SKL Campsite.
Khwai Community Concession
Another superb gameviewing area, where we saw leopards every day! The variety of species in Khwai will impress even the most seasoned safari-goer. Hippo are abundant in the many waterways, whilst this concession’s wide open landscapes ensure that the most iconic of African animals are also easily seen. Proceeds from tourism in Khwai get funnelled back into programs that benefit the community so it’s a win-win for tourists and locals alike.
We stayed at Hyena Pan.
Moremi Game Reserve
Located at the edge of the Okavango Delta, this reserve is exceptionally scenic. You can cruise through a maze of reeds in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) and also go on regular game drives. Because of tight restrictions on how many safari lodges can operate in this area, the Moremi feels very exclusive (especially compared to neighbouring Khwai), and its diverse landscapes means that visitors are often rewarded with great wildlife sightings.
To truly experience the magic of water in a desert, you have to spend at least two nights in the perennially flooded heart of the delta. Boat safaris reveal hundreds of smaller species that inhabit this fragile ecosystem, from tiny painted frogs to exquisite malachite kingfishers. Road-weary travellers will also appreciate the opportunity to walk on sandbars amongst warthog and antelope. Enjoy a swim, if you dare!
We explored this scenic area from Camp Okavango.