Botswana is the ultimate safari destination, famous for its wildlife and huge, remote parks. The Okavanga Delta and Moremi National Park will blow you away with the number of elephants while the Central Kalahari Game Reserve will surprise you with predators galore. A great thing about wildlife viewing in Botswana is that you might well be the only vehicle at the sighting, or even the only vehicle for a hundred miles!
Parks and Game Reserves
In Botswana, the animals are allowed to roam free. Only vet fences (which are broken by elephants) limit movement to reduce the spread of bovine TB and other diseases that cattle can suffer from. Because of this, you can see large game anywhere, even elephants crossing the highway! The density of wildlife increases within the parks as they are far from human settlements and they protect sources of water such as rivers and pans that sustain the animals.
That being said, a large part of the Okavanga Delta is not in any national park and does not have much formal environmental protection, yet has a very high concentration of wildlife.
Read our guides below, or find out about the National Parks and Game Reserves the country has to offer.
Useful things for a holiday in Botswana
- Travel Debit Card: we have Wise Cards* which allow you to cheaply convert most currencies into Botswana Pula. You can then pay by card (a few lodges have card machines), wire transfer or withdraw cash from an ATM inside Botswana for no extra fees.
- Travel Insurance: we use SafetyWing*, it’s simple to buy online and they have a downloadable letter proving you have travel insurance which includes Covid-related issues.