There are very few places in this World which we have still left as Mother Nature intended it to be – Bostwana is one of them. Here in this article we take you through the best of Bostwana safaris, lodges and tours. Botswana is the wildest of wild wildlife safari destination and it’s not for faint hearted. If you are the adventurous type and get bored travelling in a very planned environment Bostwana is the ideal destination for you in 2016. Doesn’t matter if you are taking a 3-day safari or a 7-day safari tour in Botswana, we can assure you that you will have the time of your life.
With its mix of National parks, private game reserves, which offer amazing Safari lodges, safari tours and 4×4 self drive safaris…life can only get exciting in Bostwana. Home to the finest of wildlife, Bostwana has the maximum number of elephants in the World. If you land up during the rainy season you can watch thousands of Zebras as you sit in your 4x$ self drive jeep. Looking out through your safari Jeep’s window will be worth all the effort.
Why visit Botswana in 2016
Botswana is the one hell of a destination. Visit Botswana in 2016 for stunning landscapes, breathtaking wilderness and fantastic bird watching year around. Visit Botswana to see the exceptional fusion of delta and deserts. Visit Botswana in the year 2016 to meet genuinely warm and welcoming people.
Besides, Botswana is celebrating its 50th year of independence in 2016 and that will definitely make it a special wildlife family holiday. Just in case wondering 4×4 self drive safaris and tours are also a great idea for a honeymoon, so if you are looking for a romantic outing Botswana still fits the bill.
Best time to visit Botswana
Best time to visit any place totally depends on you and Botswana is no exception. What you want to see in Botswana will determine the best time to be in safari paradise. If you are going for bird watching, summer is most appropriate time for all the migrant species come from North during this period. If you are interested in Makoro safaris, August to September is the best time. If you want to do all of the above, the best time to visit Botswana will be from June to September.
Top things to do in Botswana:
#1 Okavango Delta, Botswana:
The Okavanga Delta is a unique safari destination (both assisted safaris and self drive 4×4 safaris) filled with more than 122 species of mammal, over 440 species of birds, 65 species of reptiles and 71 species of fish. There is something magically different in this place- lions roaring, hyena laughing, mysterious landscapes and so many such things make it out of this world.
While you are in Okavango Delta don’t forget to go on a Mokoro ride. It is like a cruse but not quite because in Mokoro ride a lot of peril involved which gets the butterflies in your stomach going. Don’t worry, while on a Mokoro ride you will have expert guides keep you safe while you sit in a dugout canoe and watch wildlife at eye level.
The Okavanga Delta is best explored on a self drive safari, for which the tour operator you will give you a 4×4 drive jeep, a set of instructions and some blessing. After all, a safari to the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s biggest big game safaris.
Why Okavanga Delta is best for wildlife safari tours
– Your safari guide is allowed to drive off-road while searching for or following animals
– Your safari guide can take you on night safaris
– Some reserves in Okavango Delta offer walking safaris
– Private safari reserves in Okavango Delta are private – meaning you will go as a lone guest
Safari lodges and camps in Okavanga Delta
There are a total of thirteen reserves, which you can explore for your wildlife safaris. Each one of them have best-of-the-World safari lodges and camps which we have mentioned below:
Sandibe Reserve, Botswana: This reserve has only one safari lodge called Sandibe Safari Lodge.
Chitabe Reserve, Botswana: This reserve has two safari lodges called Chitabe Camp
and Chitabe Lediba.
Stanley’s Reserve, Botswana: This reserve has one safari camp called Stanley’s camp.
Baines’ Reserve, Botswana: The Baines Reserve has one safari camp by the same name Baines Safari Camp.
Abu Reserve, Botswana: The Abu Camp, which is one of the finest elephant safari camps out there is based out of the Abu Reserve. There is a newly launched camp called Seba Safari camp as well.
Nxabega Reserve, Botswana: This reserve has the popular Nxabega Safari Camp, known for its excellent guides.
Kanana Reserve, Botswana: Kanana reserve has two camps – the Kanana Safari camp and the Pom Pom Camp.
Jao Reserve: There are four safari camps in this reserve, which give you some exciting tours of the forest – the Jao Safari Camp, the smaller Jacana Safari Camp, Tubu Tree Camp and the classic Kwetsani Safari Camp.
Duba Plains Reserve, Botswana: There is only one camp here in this reserve – the Duba Plains Camp.
Vumbura Reserve, Botswana: There are numerous safari camps in the Vumbura reserve because it is one of the finest locations during the dry season. The best of these safari camps are – Little Vumbura and Vumbura Plains camps.
Mapula Reserve, Botswana: In the Mapula reserve is the similarly named Mapula Safari Lodge, which has a good amount of local community interaction.
Shinde Reserve, Botswana: If you prefer walking safaris, Shinde reserve may be your thing. The Footsteps Walking Trails lodge helps you with some of the best walking safaris you can undertake. Meanwhile, the same reserve has Shinde Safari camp in case you are interested in the usual trips into the forest.
Kwara Reserve, Botswana: The Kawara reserve boasts of two fine safari camps in the : Kwara Camp and the Little Kwara Camp.
#2 Chobe National Park, Botswana:
Situated in Okavango delta, Chobe National Park is well known for being one of the greatest wildlife destinations of Africa. In Chobe National Park you can see massive elephants in huge numbers. Besides elephants, Chobe National park is also home to a lot of other wild animals.
Chobe is fun every day whether you are with your family, friends or spouse. Also whether you are driving your jeep alone, or your safari partner is your spouse or if you decided to take the route on a chopper.
#3 Tsodilo Hills, Botswana:
The Tsodilo hills are a UNESCO world heritage site since 2001. Over 4,500 paintings are preserved in the 10 km area of Kalahari Desert. These hills hold great spiritual significance for San people who are the region’s original inhabitants. The best time to visit Tsodila hills is winters because in summer it could be unbearable hot. Before going to hills you must report to the headquarters at the main camp.
#4 Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana:
Moremi game reserve is a reserve in Botswana which protects the core of Okavango Delta. It covers one third of Okavango Delta and it is one of the most easily accessible corner of the Okavango. With accommodation from economy to luxury class, Chief’s island is Moremi’s finest area which offers it visitors Botswana’s top class safari camps.
#5 Tuli block, Botswana:
Situated in the eastern Botswana, Tuli block is a wildlife rich area and confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. It is a region of dramatic scenery and one of the best places for bird watching in Africa.
So what are you waiting for? Make 2016 the year you go on your Bostwana trip!