The Central Kalahari National Park in Botswana dominates the country and is one of the largest game reserves in the world. The Kalahari Bushmen know the desert like the back of their hand, and you can go on a nature walk with them to learn about their customs, as well as how they track game and make use of the flora.
Moremi Game Reserve
Located on the edge of the Okavango Delta, Moremi has a good population of predators, including wild dog, lion, buffalo and leopard. If you travel to Botswana after the rains, around May and June, you may be able to combine water-based activities with games drives, giving you the opportunity to experience both types of safari available.
The Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is simply vast; 15000 square kilometres of reed-lined lagoons, narrow channels and palm fringed islands, home to nearly 400 species of bird. It is best explored by motor boat, mokoro canoe or on foot. Combine the Okavango Delta with Moremi Game Reserve for a fantastic mix of wetlands and game safaris.
Chobe National Park
Probably the most well-known national park in Botswana, Chobe National Park is host to enormous herds of elephant and a must see on most itineraries. Venture to one of the smaller, exclusive concessions, or privately run reserves, for the opportunity to head out foot – exploring vehicle-free really brings the bush to life!
Northern Tuli Game Reserve
Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a rugged and rocky area dotted with small hills, baobabs, petrified trees and historical sites with San bushman rock art and evidence of Iron-age settlements. In the winter the landscape can appear stark and barren but in summer the flowers come out and the scenery is beautiful. Tuli is perfect for anyone with a special interest in drawing or photography, underground hides offer unique opportunities to get up close to the wildlife; go mountain biking along elephant trails, off-road on a game drive or go on a walking safari. Tuli has it all.
Meet Sarah Phelps, Regional Specialist for Botswana
"Botswana for me is the ultimate safari experience. The lodges and camps are small and remote, offering an intimate safari experience, with vast open ranges, unrestricted wildlife movements and fewer crowds. In the Okavango Delta I took a mokoro gliding through the waterways exploring the flora and fauna. I was lucky enough to see a rare sitatunga, the most elusive antelope to spot on a Botswana safari. The Moremi area is one of the last refuges for beautiful wild dogs and where I saw my first sighting of these wonderful animals. We followed a pack for over an hour, we even got to see them hunting, it was really very special. Chobe National Park is famed for its large herds of elephants where I watched a family swimming across the river, all helping to keep the calves afloat and protected - memories that will stay with me forever."