Top reasons to visit Botswana, one of the hottest destinations for 2018
Botswana is fast becoming one of the hottest destinations to visit this year, and it is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s romance blossomed. Not only does it have diamond-rich deserts, it has fantastic sights such as the shimmering Okavango Delta’s crystal clear water, the perplexing perspective of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, and it is home to the highest concentration of elephants in the world, as well as big cats, the African wild dog, plus a plethora of other wildlife.
One of the big reasons to visit Botswana is the variety of ways you can enjoy game-viewing, especially in the Okavango Delta, where you can see the exciting wildlife by foot, motorised boat or mokoro trips.
Botswana’s Chobe National Park is an expansive, varied and unmissable treasure, best known for its enormous elephants, which roam the grasslands in herds of hundreds, as well as having one of the highest concentrations of game on the continent. It is especially vibrant during the dry season from April through October, so a good time to plan your trip.
The sheer diversity of mammals that congregate around the river will impress those who approach by four wheels, but travellers keen on getting even closer to the wildlife should take a boat up the river. Adventurers looking for a more authentic experience will be keen to take to the water in a mokoro, Botswana’s traditional canoe, so they can glide past the buffalos, hippos and giraffes refreshing on the banks.
The scale of the Chobe National Park means it’s an expanse of contrasts. Travellers who head south to Savuti will experience the ultimate African safari in Chobe with the landscape recast as dusty terrain, torched grass and terrific orange sunsets.
Situated directly between Maun and Francistown – Makgadikgadi Pans are the remains of an ancient lake, now sparkling with the salt, which has remained as a result of water evaporation. The wildlife tend to be found along the river shortly after the rains have arrived, and in the dry season wildlife goes in search of the shallow pools of water that remain.
The best time to visit Botswana is in winter (our summer) just after the rainy season, when the delta floods and springs to life. Central Botswana is at its best in Africa’s summer, when the region’s desert and salt pans turn to grassland, drawing lots of wildlife.
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