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Botswana's Regions and Their Wildlife

 
The Okavango delta is an immense glittering oasis in the sun-baked Kalahari. It is a fertile haven for millions of animals and birds. To the north are great savannah plains, where tens of thousands of elephant roam. South-east of the Okavango are the almost lunar landscapes of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, remnants of a vast prehistoric super-lake. Botswana is a place to linger a week or more and savour the rich diversity of landscapes and wildlife.
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The Okavango Delta

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FIsh eagle on tree branch

The Okavango Delta

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Family mokoro ride in the Delta

The Okavango Delta

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The Okavango River flows inland to the Kalahari, creating a gigantic maze of waterways. The Delta brings life and fertility and the water levels rise and fall creating ever-changing landscapes. The abundant grasslands and forests are home to countless animals and birds. From May to September, parts of the Delta are covered by shallow expanses of water. When the waters recede, they leave grassy plains covered in antelope and zebra.

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Elephant herd in Chobe

Chobe and the Linyanti Delta

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Sunset game drive in Linyanti

Chobe and the Linyanti Delta

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cheetah cubs on tree

Chobe and the Linyanti Delta

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In the north of Botswana, the low hills and plains leading to the Chobe river are a haven for great herds of buffalo, elephant and big cats. The image of elephant gathering along the Chobe at sunset will remain in your mind’s eye long after your safari. The adjacent Linyanti river system creates a delta of papyrus lined waterways, swamps and fertile grasslands. At 900-square kilometers, this is a precious dry season haven for wildlife.

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Game drive near elephants and lions in Savute

Savuti and Kwando

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Leopard in Savuti

Savuti and Kwando

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Hippo yawn in Savuti

Savuti and Kwando

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Between the Okavango and Chobe are vast regions of savannah, dry riverbeds and grassy pans. These regions are home to breeding herds of elephant, antelope, giraffe and zebra. From June to November, as groundwater diminishes, these animals gather in large herds around the few permanent water sources. Savuti and Kwando also have large lion prides and cheetah thrive in the grasslands. In December, the first summer thunder showers arrive replenishing thousands of seasonal waterholes and the great herds disperse.

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Quad bikes on Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans

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Kids meeting meerkats in Makgadikgadi

The Makgadikgadi Pans

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Zebra migration on salt pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans

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San bushmen walking with kids in Makgadikgadi

The Makgadikgadi Pans

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In pre-historic times, great lakes covered the region east of the Okavango. Today the waters have gone, leaving immense salt pans dotted with “islands” of palm trees inhabited by unique desert specialists such as brown hyena and families of playful meerkats. Sparse summer rains sometimes enliven the pans from January to April, drawing herds of zebra in their thousands and a riot of colourful birds. The rest of the year, the migratory wildlife heads for the Boteti River and the Makgadikgadi has an austere beauty, best explored from Jack's Camp by quad bike and on foot with San Bushmen guides.

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Game drive with lions

The Kalahari

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Family Kalahari walking safari

The Kalahari

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Cheetah in the Kalahari

The Kalahari

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The desert landscapes of the Kalahari present a stark scenic contrast to the eden-like Okavango Delta. Cheetah, packs of wild dog and black-maned lion have adapted to thrive in the dry riverbeds, woodland and seasonal pans. Brief summer storms from December to March bring the Kalahari spectacularly to life. Almost overnight it is clothed in shimmering grassland and sparkling waterholes, filled with birds. San Bushmen will reveal the secrets of the Kalahari on fascinating walks.

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