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Botswana Park Profiles

​Parks to visit on your Botswana Safari

Okavango Delta

Famous enough worldwide to be simply referred to as the 'Delta'. One of the worlds most iconic wildlife destinations and the star of multiple award winning wildlife documentaries. Although the Delta is split into multiple private reserves, each with its unique landscape, we can to a certain degree talk about the Delta as a whole when it comes to both the wildlife you are likely to see and the different ways you can observe it. Many of our guests start with a private bushplane flight from Maun over the Delta to get a birds eye view of this magnificent wilderness area. From there with Wildlife Trails tours, you can either self-driver, book a specialist guide and vehicle; then combine exiting wilderness camps with mid-range comfortable lodges. Or fly-in to some of the best camps and lodges in Africa; not a cheap option in high season, but few guests are disappointed with the experience. Large herds of Zebra, Impala, Wilderbeest and Kudu attract top predators such as Leopard, Lion, Hyena and even the much sought after African Hunting Dog. There are the famous Mokoro boat trips along the rivers for close up, andrenaline pumping encounters with hippo and huge crocodiles. However activities do not just revolve around the rivers, with opportunities for both vehicle and walking safaris in some of the concessions. Wildlife Trails will tailor your Botswana Safari to suit your ambitions and budget.

Moremi Game Reserve

One of the best reserves to see predators in Botwansa, with Wildlife Trails clients enjoying spectacular sightings of Leopard, Lions, Hyena and African Hunting Dogs. This season when some of our family and friends visited, they encounted Wild Dogs at both Khwai and North Gate. Again, if you are on a budget and are happy to go self-camping (we can provide the vehicle and guide) you can stay in some stunning wilderness campsites and be ready first thing in the morning to maximise your chances of intimate wildlife encounters with few other vehicles arounf. This reserve is famous for the large prides of Lions which have been observed taking down elephants. The extensive riverine forest is classic Leopard habitat and sightings are very common in the north eastern edge of Moremi. You can also take boat or mokoro trips in the lagoons and rivers of Moremi, from locations like Xakanaxa and Mboma.

Chobe National Park

Famous for its large herds of Buffalo and Elephant, along with Moremi, this is one of the best game parks for apex predators like Lions and Leopards. It can be split roughly into 4 distinct and diverse areas, called Chobe riverfront, Ngwezumba Pans, Savuti and Linyanti.As the dry season build up the many small 'pans' found all over Chobe dry up and the large herds of game migrate to the Chobe and Linyanti rivers. Towards the end of the dry season the Chobe riverfront is prolific for big game sightings; you will see large herds of elephants, prides of well fed lions and huge herds of buffalo. The Ngwezumba Pans are best to visit during the few months after the rains, when the many pans are still full of water and attract both preadtors and their prey; the rarely seen Oribi Antelope is found here as well as Gemsbok (Oryx), which are not found anywhere else in Chobe.Savuti is not just about game viewing, as research on the internet will show; there is a long tradition of the San Bushmen living here and they have left a fascinating insight into their rich lives through the rock art found here. Finally, we have the often underated Linyanti Reserve, with the Linyanti river attracting a lot of wildlife during the dry season.

Makgadikgadi Pans

A vast area about the size of Portugal that is incredibly arid and hot outside of the main wet season. When the rains do come, the second largest migration in Africa bring huge herds to the areas many natural waterholes, as well as nearly a million Flamingos. Because of the harsh conditions and to an extent some of the farming practices in the pans (this is cattle country) the large diversity of prey species found elsewhere in Botswna are not so well represented, but with careful observation and tracking, both prey and predators can be observed and the bird life here just after the rains is incredible. These are also the traditional lands of the San Bushman who for hundreds of years followed the natural migration of wildlife within the region.

Kalahari

One of the largest reserves in Africa and with game spread over a much larger area than other parks, this reserve suits those with patience and some existing Botswan safari experience. Well equipped vehicles permit do-it-yourself safaris or travel with experienced mobile camping operators. Relatively recently a few lodges have been granted licences within the park, providing options for those happier just to fly in and get a small taste of this huge reserve. The most successful antelope species are able to obtain most of their water from the sparce ground covering bushes and plants adapted to this arid ecosystem. Springbok are the most numerous and attract predators such as Lion. Leopard and Hyena. However there densisites within the park are low - this is good news for the shy Cheetah which often loses its kills to the these bolder predators - so a great deal of patience is required during your Botswana safari.

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