8 Reasons to Visit Botswana in a Heartbeat

Botswana is a gem in the crown of Southern Africa owing to it’s diverse ecosystems, incredible opportunities to spot wildlife, and it’s warm and hospitable people.

If you’re after an incredible African adventure you’ll never forget, look no further than Botswana.

1. The Okavango Delta

As one of the last remaining unspoiled wilderness areas of Africa, the Okavango Delta is fed by the floodwaters of Central Africa and covers an area of approximately 16,000 km2.

Fanning out into the Okavango Delta, these waters have formed a wetland system of palm-edged channels, lagoons, and islands containing a wealth of fauna and flora.

2. The Chobe National Park

The Chobe National Park, established in 1968, was the first national park in Botswana and covers an area of approximately 11,7000 km2.

Made up of floodplains, swamps, and woodlands, the Chobe National Park is also home to large herds of elephants, reaching upwards of 100,000.

3. The Exclusive Luxury

Botswana prides itself on an exceptionally high standard of exclusivity and has focused its tourism efforts on attracting astute travellers who are willing to pay for the privilege of exploring the remoter areas of the country – many of which are only accessible by small plane.

4. Absolute Tranquillity

Owing to the inaccessibility of many of the most exclusive lodges, modern technology struggles to follow you along your journey and you’ll be able to enjoy absolute tranquillity.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, constantly ringing telephones, and the incessant background noise, the silence is almost deafening.

But don’t worry, most the lodges have WiFi so you can still enjoy pokies online!

5. Rare Wildlife Sightings

The Moremi Game Reserve and the surrounding private land concessions are the perfect environment in which to spot endangered wild digs in their natural habitat, and the country also has a number of rare species such as the black-maned Kalahari lion, sitatunga, puku and red lechwe antelope, brown hyena, the African skimmer, and aardvark.

6. Highly-Trained Guides

The knowledge and training of the local guides is vast and owing to the fact that many of the guides have spent much of their life in the bush, they are incredibly in-tune with the natural environment.

On safaris, guides provide guests with information regarding the area, the wildlife, the birdlife, and even the tiniest of flora and fauna.

7. A Deep Commitment to Conservation

Botswana has a deep commitment to the conservation of their environment, wildlife, and cultural heritage which becomes apparent when considering that almost 40% of the land is protected for wildlife and nature conservation.

The country has a clear vision for their future and this bodes well for their success.

8. The Annual Zebra Migration

After the Serengeti, Botswana’s annual zebra migration is the world’s largest zebra and wildebeest migration and it’s truly a sight to behold.

Every November, at the beginning of the rainy season, up to 25,000 start their migration through the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Parks in search of lush grazing.

While the pans are normally harsh, dry landscapes, the first rains bring an incredible metamorphoses of nutrient-rich grasses which are crucial for these migrating animals.

With so many awe-inspiring sights to behold, why haven’t you booked your ticket to Botswana yet?