Overview for Botswana
Home to one of the world's unique ecosystems, the Okavango Delta is a wetland within a desert, being surrounded by the sands of the Kalahari Desert. Each summer the rains in Angola flood the Okavango Delta forming an immense wetland that supports and sustains a huge diversity of wildlife. At the heart of the Okavango is the Moremi Game Reserve, which is known for its excellent game and bird viewing.
Located 100 km from Victoria Falls, Chobe National park has the highest concentration of elephants in Africa as well as large herds of zebras, buffalo and lions.
This area is very different from the Okavango and should be included in every Botswana itinerary so that travellers have a varied and balanced experience of the country.
Botswana's Makgadikgadi and Naxi Pans are two of the largest saltpans in the world and they transform from white dust-dry basins to a breathtaking sight of pelicans, waders and flamingos in their thousands when the rains come.
Best Time to Travel
The annual floods into the Okavango Delta begin between January and March and the waters take several months to reach their southern extremity. The region is at its best from April through to September, though main channels remain fairly full through the year.