Botswana whilst Sparsely populated possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. National parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Botswana offers luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages provide a contrasting tourist experience
Things to know before visit Botswana
Bostwana has an extreme climate pattern. Between May and August are the winters with clear skies and high temperatures in the day and cool nights October to April is the summer season with rains lashing the country.
Meandering channels, deep lagoons and small islands teaming with birds, make Okavango a good starting point for your Botswana holiday. Have an exhilarating adventure on the game drives, looking out for the Big Five, canoe through the waterways or fish at the Delta, relishing some breathtaking sunsets.
One of the best game reserve in Africa, Moremi has the distinction of having large expanse of dry areas in the middle of wetlands, making it a perfect spot for animals to quench their thirst. After the reintroduction of the rhino, now Moremi boasts of sighting the Big Five ( elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, lions and leopards) and also the largest number of red lechwe. It is also home to the endangered African wild dogs.
This 4000 sq km park stretches from the Ntwetwe Pan in the east to the Boteti River in the west. The Boteti river is the only source of water in the reserve making it a perfect place to spot varied species of animals. There is an abundance of bird life near the river, so birdwatchers can have a feast.
Nestled in between the four corners of the continent, Kasane is great place to go to the Victoria falls in Zimbabwe and also to visit the Chobe National Park in Botswana. The main attractions in this small town is a snake park with about 50 snakes from 17 species and a humongous Baobab tree that was once a prison as the trunk is large enough for a person to enter.
Tuli Block is a wide swath of farmland, spanning over 300km along the Limpopo River. In the norther part of the region lies the Northern Tuli Game Reserve thriving with wildlife and birds. Kudus, elephants, hippos, impalas and wildebeest are found rampant in the reserve along with a small population of hyenas, cheetahs, lions and leopards. Relish the moonscapes of oranges and browns with a deep-blue sky engulfing the region and the kopjes (hills) making for a stunning backdrop as you go to this barren beauty renowned for its rich wildlife.
In the south of the continent, the dry heart of Botswana is the Kalahari game reserve. It spans 52,800 sq km and is one of Africa’s largest protected areas teeming with wildlife. It is renowned for the black-maned Kalahari lion and many other predators. Enjoy the arid desert and the remote feel of this barren land teeming with life.
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: While traveling to Botswana it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter as the power sockets being used are type D,G and M. The standard frequency is 50 Hz and standard voltage is 230 V.