Take a Virtual Botswana Safari

by Sandy Salle on May 22, 2012

Botswana family safari

Celebrated for its rich landscape and plentiful wildlife, Botswana is a top contender for the best safari destination. Below, I’ve listed some of the top reasons why I love Botswana (in no particular order), and I’ve also shared some photographs of a trip to Botswana that I took last year:

Reason 1: Exceptional accommodations: Some of my favorite accommodations are located within Botswana and each of them are perfect for individuals on an African family safari or African honeymoon safari. These accommodations include Selinda Camp, Camp Kalahari, Chitabe Camp, Little Vumbura, and Duba Plains.

Reason 2: Perfect location for canoe safaris: Canoe safaris on the Savuti Channel in the Linyanti Game Reserve provide travelers with a unique perspective on Botswana’s residential wildlife. Travelers often see elephant crossings, yawning hippos, a vast array of birds, and so much more.

Reason 3: The Okavango Delta: The Okavango is a region comprised of grass flats, twisting lagoons, and narrow waterways. It is truly one of Africa’s most stunning regions. But to the surprise of many, the Okavango isn’t a delta. Rather, it’s an alluvial fan that filters into the Kalahari. One of my favorite ways to view the Okavango is from above. Looking down on the perfect, winding channels of this natural phenomenon is absolutely breathtaking. Here are just two pictures that I took while flying above the Okavango in a helicopter:

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Okavango Delta

Reason 4: Big game everywhere: You’re sure to see the Big Five on a Botswana safari tour, as well as other creatures such as zebra, various antelope species, hippos, meerkats, and more.

Reason 5: The Makgadikgadi Pans: The Makadikgadi is a desert region that was once a superlake that dried up thousands of years ago. Today, visitors to this area witness huge flocks of flamingo, zebra, wildebeest, meerkats, hyaena, springbok, the great black-maned Kalahari lion, and so much more. The Makadikgadi is a great change from the lush Okavango Delta and Chobe River areas.

Reason 6: The local Sans tribe: Walking safaris with the local Sans tribesmen is one of the most enriching experiences to be had in Botswana! On these interactive walks, you’ll learn traditional survival skills, discover the medicinal uses for plants, and find out how to track an animal using signs in the wild. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to visit the world-renowned Tsodilo Hills, where 20,000-year-old Sans rock paintings adorn the rocky outcrops.

Reason 7: Chobe River sunset cruises: Nothing is more relaxing and rejuvenating than floating down the calm Chobe River with a sundowner cocktail in hand, watching as the African sun sets behind the tree-speckled horizon. Absolute heaven.

Below are a few pictures from my 2011 Botswana safari vacation:

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Botswana family safari

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Botswana honeymoon safari

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Botswana family safari

Botswana family safari

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