Get Inspired / Africa / Botswana Botswana: Sightseeing Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Africa / Botswana Botswana: Sightseeing story by: Mike Williams OKAVANGO DELTA The Okavango Delta consists of 15,000 sq km of lagoons, channels and islands in northwestern Botswana. It’s the largest inland delta in the world and is teeming with wildlife. Most obvious are elephant, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, hippo and kudu. In the centre of the delta, the Moremi wildlife reserve is specifically for wildlife preservation. A great way to see the delta is by mokoro (dugout canoe), which are generally poled through the waterways by guides. A good time to travel is from July to September, when water levels are high and the weather is dry. CHOBE NATIONAL PARK Chobe National Park covers 11,000 sq km. Kasane, in the north, is the park’s gateway. Kasane is a good place to base yourself for quick visits to the park, it’s also where you’ll arrive when flying to Chobe. The most popular activity is a cruise or drive along the riverfront, where you have a good chance of spotting elephants (with herds of up to 500), hippo, lion, giraffe, warthog, hyena, crocodile, zebra and any number of bird species. The cruises are a great way to view the wildlife drinking at the shore’s edge, and getting up close to the yawning hippos floating by. MAKGADIKGADI & NXAI PANS Established at the same time, these two areas east of Maun effectively operate as one national park. The southern area, Makgadikgadi game reserve, is a 4,000 sq km tract of pans, grasslands and beautiful savannah. Wildlife is plentiful, though not as dense as at Chobe. There are antelope, lion, hyena, cheetah, and hippo, as well as a stunning array of birds, but no elephant or buffalo. The northern part of the park, Nxai Pan, takes in another 4,000 sq km. The southern part is a complex of mini salt pans. This is one of the few areas in Botswana that’s more interesting during the rainy season – when huge herds hit Nxai’s grassy pans, the numbers can be staggering. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Botswana: Wilderness Safaris Trio Luxury Camps Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Are You Ready to Find Adventure in Africa? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.