Botswana is an arid environment that depends highly on the rains each year to provide grazing for its wildlife and cattle. Desert animals like the gemsbok and springbok survive well in these dry harsh conditions.

You could time your trip to hit the migration of zebra in the Kalahari region during the rains. At this time of year, November through March, the Makgadikgadi Salt pans turn into salty shallow lakes, reflecting like mirrors the cumulus clouds above, creating surreal landscapes.

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Unlike most rivers, the Okavango River, stops its journey to the sea, and creates the unique Okavango Delta. As it fans out over a vast flat area of desert, it creates a rich wildlife oasis unlike any other.

The animals of the Kalahari have evolved to live a good part of the year without water. Even large mammals like the brown hyena, gemsbok and springbok, can live without drinking water for months on end – they draw all their water from moisture in their food. We’ll help you choose the right time of year to find all the wildlife including meerkats, brown hyena, and a great variety of insects and birds.

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What to visit and explore in Botswana

The following features are found in this bountiful region:

  • A Fish Eagle at Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

Chobe can be broken into four areas; The Serondela area (or Chobe riverfront) features lush floodplains and dense woodland of mahogany, teak and other hardwoods now largely reduced by elephant pressure. Chobe waterfront is the most visited park section, partly because of its proximity to the Victoria Falls. The town of Kasane, situated just downstream, is the most important town of the region and serves as the northern entrance to the park. The Savuti Marsh area is the western side of the park, and is fed by the Savuti channel and is currently flowing again, this started in 2010 and [...]

  • Firemaking at The Bushman

The Bushman

The first indigenous people of southern Africa, whose territory spans most areas of Southern Africa traditionally, are referred to most commonly as Bushmen, the San Khoi o San people. These people were traditionally hunter-gatherers, part of the Khoisan group and are related to the traditionally pastoral Khoikhoi. In the 1950’s to the 1990’s as a result of government programs their lifestyle has changed forever. For people traveling today to Botswana and Namibia, you may choose to have the opportunity to meet and interact with a Bushmen family. Jackson’s African Safaris try our best to ensure this is done in a [...]

  • Meerkats at the Kalahari Game Reserve & Desert

Kalahari Game Reserve & Desert

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid desert in Southern Africa covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains. The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. Whether your in South Africa, Botswana or Namibia, the Kalahari offers a great contrast to the rest of each country, where you have the opportunity to view animals and plants adampted to living in these often very harsh conditions. We offer you comfort in the [...]

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is a large salt pan in the middle of the dry savanna of northeastern Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The pan is the remains of the formerly Lake Makgadikgadi, which dried up several thousand years ago.  Makgadikgadi is technically not a single pan but many pans with grassland in between, the other pans include the Nxai Pan National Park for example.  In the Makgadikgadi, presence of prehistoric man made stone tools; some dated as earlier than the era of Homo sapiens, create interest from many visitors.  The prominent [...]

Tsodilo Hills Rock Art

Tsodilo Hills is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in northwestern Botswana. In 2001 this site was designated as a world heritage site due to its unique religious and spiritual relevance to local people, as well as unique record of human past settlement. Within the 10KM2 area there are around 4,500 rock paintings.

Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve is literally the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe.  Moremi Game Reserve covers much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and includes permanent water with land and some islands such as Chiefs Island where several lodges are based.   Moremi is known for its great diversity and good game viewing.   The Moremi Game Reserve is home to nearly 500 species of bird and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. African Wild dog populations are doing well [...]

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Information about Botswana

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  • Capital: Gaborone
  • Official languages: Setswana, English
  • Currency: Pula (BWP)
  • Time zone: Central Africa Time (UTC+2)
  • Drives on the: left
  • Calling code: +267
  • Motto: “Pula” – “Rain”
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