An African success story, Botswana has achieved phenomenal economic growth since it's independence. A land-locked, flat and arid country, it offers one of the finest safari and wildlife experiences available on the continent and is one of Africa's last remaining true wilderness destinations.
As a destination it is governed by the seasons and as with all of Africa it is water that dictates this. With the world's largest inland delta, The Okavango Delta, and the Kalahari Desert covering most of the country, it offers a host of options to those looking to visit Botswana, where 40% of the country has been set aside for conservation and tourism.
The best game viewing can be split into 2 distinct seasons:
The dry months from May to October, when the Okavango Delta's game is in vast numbers, thus keeping the assemblage of predators well fed, locked in Africa's ancient battle of predator and prey.
During the wet and hotter summer months of November to March, there is a greater dispersal of game away from the major waterways of the Okavango as they search for sweeter grazing. The drier Central Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Pans have their best game viewing during this time, however the cold and drier winter months still provide a holistic experience in these vast, dry and hauntingly beautiful areas.
Botswana provides a deluge of safari activities from game drives to Mokoros (dugout canoes) to elephant interaction and excellent fly-fishing (selected camps only). There is excellent walking to be had at many of the camps - an intimate and close up experience to bring Africa underfoot. For the adventurous, horse riding safaris are a unique way in which to enjoy not only the Okavango, but also the drier Makgadikgadi Pans. Quad biking in the Salt Pans, highly educational tracking with the Bushmen or experiencing the zebra migration are all possible in the Makgadikgadi.