For safari enthusiasts Botswana, the land of the delta in the desert, needs no introduction. With more land set aside for wildlife, as a proportion of the total area of the country (17%), than any other in Africa, Botswana does the luxury fly-in safari better than just about any other country in Southern Africa. From the rich waterways of the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, to the desolate Kalahari and the primeval sandstone and Baobab country in the Northern Tuli region, Botswana will be the highlight in the travels of any wildlife enthusiast. In terms of birds Botswana is not rich in endemics, but does have a large bird list which includes some spectacular species. Botswana comes into its own as a general wildlife destination however, combining birds with jaw-dropping wildlife viewing and vast areas of true wilderness. The dry season (May to October) is the traditional game viewing time of the year, while the wet ‘green’ season is when birding is at its peak and usually comes with a reduction in lodge rates. Most visitors do a fly-in safari, as getting around by road in the wilderness areas can be difficult. Mobile safari operators offer another option, while regional multi-country tours incorporating parts of Botswana are also popular. Contributor: Leon Marais/Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris.
Lion, African Elephant, African Buffalo, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Brown Hyena, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Oryx / Gemsbok, South African Giraffe, Eland, Bat-eared Fox
Botswana doesn’t have many attractions per se, but it's worth mentioning Bain’s Baobabs, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Rhode’s Baobab, Tsodilo Hills and the Savuti Channel.
Best ecolodges: Mashatu Game Lodge, Tuli Safari Lodge, the Kwando Camps in the Linyanti, Okavango and Nxai Pan regions, the many different Wilderness Safaris lodges etc (there’s no shortage of lodge accommodation in Botswana!).
The dry season (May to October) is the traditional game viewing time of the year, while the wet ‘green’ season is when birding is at its peak and usually comes with a reduction in lodge rates.