Botswana is a country that is often overlooked by travelers, we’re about to share a few reasons why it shouldn’t be. This Southern African nation is a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural experiences. Here are the top 9 reasons to visit Botswana in 2023.
A Wildlife Wonderland for Safari Goers
Herd of Buffalo in the Moremi Game Reserve
Botswana is home to some of the most diverse and untouched wildlife on the continent. From lions and elephants to cheetahs and hyenas, you can see it all in Botswana’s many game reserves. At Desert and Delta, we have 9 properties located in the top 6 safari regions within Botswana and Namibia giving you a truly immersive Botswana safari experience.
A Natural Masterpiece: The Okavango Delta
Mokoro Excursion in the Winding Waters of the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is an oasis in the heart of Africa, the world’s largest inland delta, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a unique ecosystem, a vast network of emerald-green channels sneaking through a sea of golden grasslands. This verdant landscape is a canvas of life, home to many species of birds and animals.
The World Renowned: Chobe National Park
Chobe River, Elephants Crossing
Chobe National Park is a canvas of contrasts, where the lush greenery of the floodplains meets the arid scrub of the savannah. Chobe is home to the world’s largest concentration of elephants, and the largest elephants in Africa as well as many other species of wildlife. Guests can equally enjoy discovering this wild wonderland by boat along the river or on a drive within the winding roads of the national park. At Chobe Game Lodge, guests are truly immersed in the sounds of the wilderness all thanks to their fleet of electric boats and vehicles.
200,000 km2 of Kalahari Desert
Salt Pans Sleep Out, Makgadikgadi Pans
The Kalahari Desert is a land of enchantment covering much of Botswana. It is a place where the vast expanse of dunes and grasslands seem to stretch forever. It inspires awe and respect, and being home to many unique plants and animals it reminds us of the power and resilience of nature. Desert and Delta guests enjoy some of the most exciting sunsets and sunrises here as they sleep out under the stars on the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Experience the Rich Tapestry of Botswana’s Culture
Leroo La Tau, Kamunga Village Cultural Tour
Botswana has a rich intricate cultural heritage, and there are many opportunities while on safari to experience it firsthand. You can visit traditional villages, enjoy the sweet serenades of our team at each camp, and learn from our people who take great pride in their heritage. Listen to stories encompassing the rich folklore of the San people or discover the intricate beadwork of the Tswana.
Immersive Safari Activities in the heart of Botswana’s wild spaces
Savute Safari Lodge, Game Drive
If you’re looking for an African adventure, Botswana is filled with activities that will leave your soul and heart filled with memories that will last a lifetime. From mokoro excursions in the Delta, walking safaris on secret islands, tiger fishing in deep channels and game drives in remote places, Desert and Delta’s lodges offer every activity you’ll need to leave Africa with a full heart.
Discovering the sky-filled flecks: Botswana Birding
Nxamaseri Island Lodge, Carmine BeeEaters
Botswana’s birds are a breathtaking spectacle, a colourful array of 500 feathered species that fill the skies. From the wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the dry savannas of the Kalahari, there are many opportunities to spot rare and beautiful birds. Birders from out of Africa dream of viewing the majestic fish eagle, the playful lilac-breasted roller and the country’s national bird the kori bustard. The country is brimming with birdlife creating a special ongoing chorus that serenades our clients during their safari.
A Photographer’s Paradise
From the shimmering waters of the Okavango Delta to the vast expanses of the Kalahari Desert, Botswana offers a diverse range of breathtaking landscapes to explore. This is a perfect picture of nature’s raw beauty and a photographer’s dream. Whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, you will find endless opportunities to capture stunning, unique images of this beautiful country.
Creating a Better World Through Travel: Eco Tourism
Chobe Game Lodge, Back of House Tour
Botswana is a proud nation, and it has a lot to be proud of. Its heritage, its incredible natural landscapes and its people. The people of Botswana are committed to conserving the natural masterpiece that mother nature gifted them, they work hard to ensure that they protect this planet’s natural and cultural heritage for future generations to enjoy. Our properties at Desert and Delta are doing their bit to contribute towards sustainable tourism through our very own CARES initiatives, allowing guests to travel with a purpose.
Botswana is a hidden gem that should be on every traveler’s radar. From its incredible wildlife to its rich cultural heritage, this country has something for everyone. Whether you want to relax at one of our luxury safari lodges or explore the wilderness on an adventurous safari, Botswana is a destination that will leave you awe-struck and longing to return.