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Why visit Botswana? The vast isolation of remote reserves, and a remarkable flatness that stretches as far as the eye can see. A natural beauty of extraordinary wildlife in the Kalahari Desert and the fan-like waters of the Okavango Delta.
Okavango Delta one of the world’s finest natural wonders, an inland oasis created by the summer rains of the Angolan highlands. In 2014 the Okavango became the 1000th UNESCO world heritage site. Seasonal months bring amazing diversity and dark afternoon thunderstorms are a spectacular sight. In summer wildlife are able to drink from various waterholes and shelter in the undergrowth, away from the midday heat. The Tswana people make up a majority of Botswana’s population with the official language being English.
Setswana is widely spoken with other languages including Kalanga, Sara, Ndebele and certain areas of the country Afrikaans. The San people known as Bushmen or Basarwa are indigenous hunter and gathers, living in various parts of Botswana and Southern Africa today.
When to Travel
The Okavango Delta is home too waterways and beautiful clear days. Each season has its own individual characteristic. This is what makes Botswana unique, with varying contrasts of ecosystems that enable wildlife to be viewed year round.
December to March the summer rains begin, vegetation starts to thicken and afternoon thunderstorms are spectacular. Wildlife drink from various waterholes, sheltering from the midday heat. This is the time for many species to give birth to their young and prime season for avid birders.
April to May as the summer rains come to an end the floodwaters from Angola start their journey down into the Okavango floodplains. The days are becoming clear and night time temperatures fall. June to October the once grassy floodplains of the Okavango Delta are now covered, making it a haven for wildlife. Dry season has begun and game viewing is at its peak. Night temperatures drop dramatically in the drier desert areas whilst the days are warm and clear. November brings hot humid days with the first imminent rains of summer just around the corner.
Seasons are generally divided into two, however like Malawi there is a transition season. Green season, the Okavango floodplains are at their lowest and in some areas are replaced by a grass like green. Predators prey on the young making for great wildlife interaction and exceptional photography. The contrast of billowing storm clouds, backdropped against the landscape bring a more eerie atmosphere and darkening mood. Summer days in Botswana are hot and temperatures can reach 38 degrees, with the night temperatures being cooler. Migratory birdlife make for excellent sightings and photographic opportunities. During the drier winter months there is virtually little or no rain and low humidity, in the Kalahari days are more extreme. With colder mornings to warm days and freezing nights.
Exceptional wildlife photography, arid desert plains, majestic waterways and islands. The Okavango Delta is a wetland oasis within a desert, ancient valleys and white salt pans. An area of untamed beauty and wildlife opportunities, with each of the regions in Botswana having a special uniqueness that will never be forgotten.
Chobe National Park in the north has the highest concentration of elephant, lush floodplains and the Chobe river are a major feature for wildlife viewing in the dry season.
Central Kalahari is vast, remote, arid and flat, the desert dunes are covered in a scrub like appearance. Summer rains bring the desert to life with a contrast of plains game, newborn calves and darkening storm clouds. Nomadic San, Bushmen and Basarwa resident in the area for thousands of years still pass on age old traditions to the younger generation.
Intimate island camps, with pods of grunting hippos and playful elephants the Okavango Delta. Changing seasons, waterways of the delta floodplains gradually start to fill. Wildlife is abundant on the water’s edge, mokoros glide along with only a touch of sound. One of nature’s natural wonders a wetland oasis, a wildlife sanctuary and raw untouched beauty. This epic journey of water that travels down the Okavango River through Caprivi originating from the Angolan highlands. A mere distance of 1300km before spanning out to what makes the fan like shape we see today. The delta covers and area of approximately 15,000 and can extend up to 22,000 square kilometres during the wet season, it comprises of meandering waterways, grass edged lagoons, various shaped islands and lush vegetation.
Fascinating termite mounds, leopards and mopane woodlands the Linyanti.
Remote wilderness and a quietness greets you on arrival at Linyanti’s airstrip. The landscape and mopane woodlands are a haven for wild dog, lions and leopard waiting patiently for their prey. The Linyanti river, a spectacular arena for hippos, elephants and a beautiful African sunset. You will often see red lechwe and sitatunga in these marshy areas, while elephants predominantly visit in the drier winter months. Linyanti is also home to cheetah and hyena. The endangered wild dog stronghold is a major feature of this area, including the striking roan and sable antelope that are often seen eating in their preferred broad leafed woodland trees.
Blanket of stars, a desert with a touch of the unknown the Central Kalahari.
Observant Meerkats, San bushmen and black-maned lions, are only a few mammals that call this expansive desert reserve home.
Bright stars blanket the sky in the cool of night and in seasonal months, days are alive and teaming with wildlife. Rainfall is nearly non existent with summer thunderstorms being the exception, as they are brief and erratic. The striking characteristics of sand dunes, arid desert plains, salt pans, ancient river beds and nomadic bushmen, are only a few of the features that make up this vast wilderness. Significant wildlife populations in the Kalahari, are impressive with herds of springbok, gemsbok and red hartebeest. Plains game move seasonally between the dunes and valley, with winter game concentrating around waterholes. Smaller mammals such as the meerkat, bat eared – cape foxes and desert pygmy mouse can also be seen. If you are really lucky maybe even a striped hyena.
A magnificent contrast to the northern area’s of Botswana.
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