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Botswana is a landlocked country in the southern part of Africa, surrounded by Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. It is the home to the famous Kalahari desert and the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. About 38% of the country’s land is reserved for national parks, which is one of the highest in the world. Botswana boasts of the highest concentration of Elephants in entire Africa, about 50,000 of them, spread mainly across Chobe national park and Linyanti region. About 80% of Botswana’s area is taken up by the Kalahari desert, which is home to many animals ranging from Meerkats, Flamingos, and Leopards to African wild dogs. Still, there are vast expanses of untouched lands in the country, and it is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. At the same time, it features some of the most luxury resorts in entire Africa, and a few which are accessible only by chartered flights during the rainy season. Game viewing here is plenty and Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari GR are some of the most popular game reserves in the country.
What to See in Botswana, Africa:
Botswana as a country is committed to preserving its ecological diversity and hence there are many National Parks and Reserves, each one offering a unique wildlife experience.
One of the first National Parks established in Botswana, it is a must-see during Botswana tours. The Chobe Riverfront, the Savuti rock paintings, the Linyanti region of baobab trees and the salt pans are some of the major attractions to see here. Visitors can expect to see herds of Zebras, Elephants, Buffalos, Giraffes, and Baboons depending on the part of the reserve you visit.
Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi is always part of Botswana safari packages when you definitely want to see the big predators in action. Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs are aplenty here along with Rhinos, Impalas, Wild dogs and other game animals. It can be reached by a short flight from Maun.
A unique ecosystem in northern Botswana, it provides for exclusive wildlife experience with remote camps in the middle of the wildlife. The waters are covered with water lilies and exploring it on the Mokoro (small canoe) safaris will give the visitors a different perspective of the flora and fauna here.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
A protected area as large as the Netherlands in the middle of the Kalahari, Botswana, it is the second-largest reserve in Africa, home to hundreds of wildlife and bird species along with its original inhabitants - the Sans/ Bushmen tribe. The area is also known for the Kalahari desert.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Makgadikgadi region in Botswana is famous for the various salt pans (dried beds of ancient lakes) that are mostly barren stretches of lands but are home to a few unique flora and fauna that have learned to survive for years on the minimal amount of water. The famous baobab trees and the unique wildlife surrounding the pans are a sight to behold.
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