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Botswana National Parks


Wildlife

With around 17 percent of its total land devoted to national parks or game reserves, it comes as no surprise that Botswana remains one of Africa’s great big game destinations. Botswana National Parks are some of the country’s greatest sources of heritage and revenue. Here is our list of the best places to visit when considering an adventurous LuxVenture® getaway to Botswana.

What makes Botswana the safari destination it is?


Botswana is a land of untamed wilderness, awe-inspiring landscapes and dramatic natural contrast: the perfect destination for those seeking a raw African experience. The Okavango Delta dominates the country and supports an enormous abundance of wildlife, birdlife and interesting fauna.

The Okavango Delta


“The river that never finds the sea” is a maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands just waiting to be explored. Covering a region too vast to get onto the list of Botswana National Parks, the Okavango Delta plays an extremely important role in the country’s biodiversity. It brings life and colour to the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Thousands of shy red lechwe and sitatunga live in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and the illusive African wild dog share these flooded plains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. If the wildlife is the destination, then you’re sure to enjoy the ride, with a multitude of safari experiences on offer. Paddle down a channel in a traditional dugout canoe, explore the African bush on foot, or be thrilled by a lion kill on a game drive.

Okavango Delta
The ever majestic Okavango Delta.
Okavango Delta Wildlife

"Paddle down a channel in a traditional dugout canoe, explore the African bush on foot, or be thrilled by a lion kill on a game drive."

Moremi Game Reserve


This 4,871 square kilometre Moremi Game Reserve is widely considered the most beautiful of Botswana’s National Parks. The reserve consists of two large islands surrounded by a network of waterways and supports life in absolute abundance. Bird lovers can enjoy over 500 species of water and forest birds. Those seeking high-profile game sightings won’t be disappointed with frequent sightings of larger mammals such as elephant and buffalo. The real draw card of the reserve is its populations of large predators - lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and the rare wild dog all battle it out for food and territory in this fenced reserve. The fences play a role in concentrating animal populations in the reserve so no matter what time of year you visit, you’re bound to enjoy a memorable safari experience.

Moremi Game Reserve
Track the rare wild dog in Moremi Game Reserve.

"The real draw card of the reserve is its populations of large predators - lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and the rare wild dog all battle it out for food and territory."

Moremi Wildlife

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is 10,566 square kilometres of marshland, flood plains and grassland interspersed with small woodlands and separated by the Chobe and Savuti Rivers. It’s the second largest of the Botswana National Parks and is best known for its elephant population which tops 120,000. But elephants are definitely not the only thing you’ll spot while adventuring through the region. Chobe National Park has some of the highest density of prolific game than anywhere on the continent. An abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala, sable, wildebeest, kudu, waterbuck, warthogs, eland, lion and hyena can be seen. And with a bit of luck you’ll get a cheetah or leopard sighting. The south west of the park is dominated by high populations of lion, so you might come across a kill or witness a hunt.

Chobe National Park
Chobe River Safari
An abundance of wildlife at Chobe National Park.

"Chobe is the second largest of the Botswana National Parks and is best known for its elephant population of over 120,000 elephants."

Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Park

The Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park is the last remains of an ancient lake that covered the Kalahari millions of years ago. During the dry season the landscape is stark and barren: a place that offers a unique kind of beauty. Hippos wallow in the remnants of the Boteti River, while wildlife like zebra, springbok and impala can be seen grazing on what little food there is. The large open spaces make quad biking safaris an incredibly popular activity during this dry time. When the rains come in November, the pans fill up with water and are equally stunning. As if with the flick of a switch, large flocks of migratory birds fill the skies and enormous herds of zebra and wildebeest roam the plains, enjoying the abundance of water. A visit to the pans, one of Botswana’s most unique national parks, is a must-do on any traveller’s itinerary.

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
The incredibly unique terrain found in Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Park.

"The Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park is the last remains of an ancient lake that covered the Kalahari millions of years ago."

Nxai Pan
Rich Wiese
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Richard Wiese

Richard Wiese is a Cape-Town-based writer with an affinity for Africa, its people and its cultures. He’s realistic of his chances of getting to see every country on the continent, but a man must have dreams. A good sense of humour, quiet nature and working knowledge of all things random, make him the perfect travel buddy.