Botswana is one of Africa's greatest safari success stories. The country is blessed with a stable government, magnificent game reserves and national parks offering the most exclusive safari experiences on the continent and it remains focused on delivering the finest and most authentic wildlife experience. Most of the safari camps that A2A Safaris recommends are located in exclusive and private reserves.
From its wetland paradise the Okavango Delta to the plains and woodlands of the Linyanti and Selinda, to the vast emptiness of the Makgadikgadi Pans and the endless Kalahari desert, Botswana offers guests a diverse and well rounded safari for both first-timers and veterans. Safari activities range from heart-stopping game drives in some of the richest big game areas in Africa to canoeing peacefully along the channels of the world's largest inland river delta.
The magnificent Okavango Delta fans out across the northwestern corner of the country and creates a paradise of islands and lagoons teeming with wildlife and birds. This miraculous creation spills for more that 7,000 square miles across the northern Kalahari, creating a vast oasis of crystal clear lagoons, waterways and palm fringed islands. This oasis contains one of the densest populations of big game on the continent – especially lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and the endangered African wild dog.
The Linyanti and Kwando river systems in northwest Botswana are home to four iconic private reserves (Linyanti, Selinda, Kwando and Chobe's private area) which harbour some of the biggest concentrations of predators and large mammals in Africa. These reserves offer wilder, more exclusive safaris on par with the neighbouring Okavango Delta. This is high density predator central – the lion population is flourishing, leopard numbers are high and cheetah manage to eke out their niche. Endangered wild dogs are usually found denning in these reserves from June to August.
The Makgadikgadi Pans, once an ancient super lake larger than Switzerland, now lies saline and empty – a huge expanse of glistening whiteness – the largest salt pan in the world. During the summer green season it plays host to the second largest zebra and wildebeest migration in Africa and the shallow flooded pans offer season breeding conditions for an abundance of flamingo and other water birds. Other highlights include giant baobab trees over 1,000 years old, semi-habituated meerkat clans, quad bike expeditions into vast areas of nothingness, and the opportunity to walk with the indigenous San bushmen and discover how they survive in such a hostile environment.
The Central Kalahari, particularly its game rich Deception Valley, was made famous by Mark and Delia Owens' classic book ‘Cry of the Kalahari’. Covering over 50,000 square kilometres, it is a massive game reserve. Visiting the Central Kalahari early in the year when it is lush with vegetation, attracting thousands of springbok and gemsbok is an unforgettable experience. The reserve is also one of the best places in southern Africa to view cheetah and the majestic black-maned lion.
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