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Botswana’s Unspoiled Treasures

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

Africa is a treasure trove of ecological gems, and Botswana is by far the shining star of the continent. Prized as the Jewel of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta is an idyllic oasis that is teeming with diverse botanical and fauna species. In Botswana, you traverse on vehicle, foot, boats and mokoro amongst paths of wild date palms, mangroves, acacias and other flora that adorn the islands, channels and lagoons. Amidst the vegetation are some of Africa’s most beloved creatures. Buffalos, elephants, reedbucks, impalas, zebras, warthogs, hippos and other herbivores search for grasses, leaves and tender morsels.

Camouflaged by the landscape and plant life are lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, hyenas and several other types of sly hunters. The air is filled with the songs and wingbeats of more than 500 bird species. Best of all, the spectacular setting attracts few visitors due to its high cost, making it a perfect destination for like-minded photographers, boutique guests and those who desire a more private African travel experience.

Botswana is also one of the few outbacks in Africa where you can discover the natural beauty via water-based safaris. Professional guides skillfully navigate the waterways in traditional hand-carved canoes known as “mokoros”. After you spend time in the lagoons, floodplains and channels, partake of some terrestrial excursions, such as a rock art tour of Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site to see over 4,000 paintings by the ancient hunter-gatherer San Bushman. Chobe National Park is a distinct pachyderm destination that is known for viewing huge herds of elephants, and day trip takes you to the majestic Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Linyanti, Selinda, Savute, Northern Tuli, Mashatu, Central Kalahari and other habitats are why Botswana is a favorite location for nature filmmakers, including Dereck and Beverly Joubert of the National Geographic. An array of safari activities and the second largest migration of zebras at Makgadikgadi as well as top-notch accommodations and highly personable service for your travel make Botswana a prime destination in Africa.

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