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Botswana: Sightseeing

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South Africa
South Africa

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.

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