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BOTSWANA

 

Botswana is a country of enthralling mystique and isolation and is one of the last and best preserved areas of wilderness in the world.

Botswana is well known for having some of the most prolific wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent and boasts the biggest elephant population in the world. Much of its total land area is devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas – for the most part unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free. Travelling through many parts of the country gives the feeling of moving through an immense wonderland of nature. The country of Botswana is a rarity in our overpopulated and over-developed world. Remaining untamed, it is one of the last great refuges for Nature’s magnificent pageantry of life.

Eye See Africa will help you experience Botswana, with endless starry night skies, intimate and exclusive lodges, and the sights and sounds of wild animal life right outside your lodge walls or luxury tented camp.

Why Botswana

  • Every year, water levels flood and 15,000 square kilometers of desert transforms into an incredible wildlife bonanza.
  • Botswana is committed to conservation of environment, wildlife, and cultural heritage – a true leader in ecotourism, with 38% of land protected for wildlife and nature conservation.
  • It is one of the few places in Africa where one can go on safari by house-boat, makoro (dug out canoe), or motor boat.
  • The Chobe features the world’s largest concentration of elephants.
  • Small, and often luxurious camps & lodges provide an outstanding overall guest experience.
  • Two of Africa’s largest migrations of zebra and antelope take place annually in the summer months across Makgadikgadi and Savute.

Some ideas of adventures to Botswana…

As with all the itineraries on our website, we give just a few examples of what is possible. After liaising with you, we plan your obligation-free itinerary according to your budget and individual needs . You have only to contact us today to start planning your dream adventure to Africa.

THE INDABA – 14 NIGHTS – SOUTH AFRICA, VIC FALLS, KRUGER & CAPE TOWN

 

14 Nights travelling to 4 countries with a great diversity and incredible beauty in Southern Africa. See some of the world’s most impressive species including the big five and get lost in all the beauty of the South African Winelands.

THE MBUNI – 16 NIGHTS – SOUTH AFRICA, VIC FALLS, KRUGER & CAPE TOWN

 

16 Nights travelling to 4 countries with a great diversity and incredible beauty in Southern Africa. This is the ultimate South African trip visiting all the best parts of Southern Africa. See some of the world’s most impressive species including the big five and get lost in all the beauty of the South African Winelands.

THE ZAMBEZI – 3 NIGHTS – SOUTH AFRICA, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE & BOTSWANA

The perfect adventure weekend breakaway to visit the majestic Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park in Botswana.

SNEAK PEEK – BOTSWANA

FACTS

 

Area : Botswana covers an area of 600,370 square km making it just slightly smaller than Texas and slightly larger than France. Botswana, a landlocked country in southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. Luxury safari camps are common, and in the Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, dug-out canoes are used to navigate past birdlife, hippos and crocodiles. On dry land, wildlife includes lions, leopard and black and white rhinos.

Population : 2 million

Capital : Gaborone

Language : English is the official language and Setswana is spoken by most people in Botswana. There are also other indigenous languages.

Currency : Botswana Pula

WEATHER


Climate 
: Botswana is almost all desert (80% of the country is covered by the semi-arid Kalahari desert). The climate reflects the country’s geography, with hot days and cool nights throughout the year. The rainy season is from November to March.

When to Go:

Botswana’s Dry Season = Safari “High Season” – Botswana’s dry season generally falls between May and October, when animals are concentrated in ever-increasing numbers at water sources as the dry season progresses. It’s also “winter” which is a relative term in Botswana, as day time temperatures still reach around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius). It does get chilly at night, and morning drives in July and August will call for layered warm clothing. If you plan to visit the Kalahari, you can expect some really frosty mornings and chilly evenings during these months.

By October however, the temperatures are on the rise and it can be very hot, around 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) during the day. It’s generally still a dry and bearable heat, but be prepared for some strong sun and booking a camp/lodge with a pool is advisable. The dry season is the best time to view wildlife.

Botswana‘s Green Season = Safari “Low Season” – Most of Botswana’s rainfall occurs from December to March. Some years it can come early, sometimes it doesn’t come at all, but when it does, the landscape completely transforms and it’s a beautiful sight. Keen birders wouldn’t consider coming to Botswana at any other time of year. The rainy season also spawns a baby boom. If you love seeing tiny warthogs, infant zebra and baby impala, this is the time of year to go. The disadvantage is that the wildlife becomes a little harder to spot behind dense bushes and taller grass. Chobe’s Savute region and the Kalahari offer excellent summer game viewing, not least because they lie on the path of migrating animals – particularly zebra.

GETTING TO BOTSWANA


Botswana’s International airports
 : Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) is located 9 miles outside of the capital Gabarone. Maun and Kasane Airports up north are more popular among tourists.

Getting To Botswana : International flights include Air Botswana (to/from Harare, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Nairobi, Victoria Falls and Windhoek), Air France, Air Zimbabwe, South African Airways and British Airways.

POINTS OF INTEREST


The incomparable Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta known as the “Jewel of the Kalahari.” Gliding in a mokoro through the watery channels, seeing a staggering array of wildlife and birds, one can experience the beauty and tranquility of this truly iconic place

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve with its magnificent black-maned lions and seemingly endless savannahs is a desert of bloom in the Botswana summer season.

Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. A sundowner cruise on the Chobe riverfront allows up close and personal viewing of elephants at play amongst hippos, crocs and beautiful birds.

Tsodilo Hills, probably the highest point in Botswana, has over 3000 ancient San rock paintings and has been proclaimed a World Heritage site.

The Makgadikgadi Game Reserve and the salt pans offer a complete contrasting destination to any other within Botswana. The now flowing Boteti River, combined with the surrounding scrubland and the starkness of the vast salt pans – at times lined with the zebra and wildebeest migrations – should certainly be considered when putting a safari together for those looking for something “off the beaten track.”

Makgadikgadi Game Reserve Nxai Pan National Park The – Nxai pan is a hidden gem for Botswana. For the client looking for perfect peace and solitude it is perfect. The area is a little Eden during the rainy season where springbok, Kalahari black mained lion, elephant and giraffe, to name but a few, descend on the park.

At the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park,a bi-national Peace Park created on ancient animal migration routes between Botswana and South Africa, one may spot rare brown hyenas .

The Moremi Game  Reserve is renowned as one of the most beautiful reserves within Africa and offers an abundance of both wildlife and birdlife. Unique delta scenery combined with Mopane forests and open flood plains, Moremi is a favourite amongst guides and tourists alike. The reserve can be separated into four areas: South GateXaxanaka and 3rd BridgeNorthgate or Khwai and Chiefs Island.