Botswana is the leader in low-impact, upmarket tourism. This eco-friendly approach promotes a true wilderness experience in this unspoiled country. The beauty of the Okavango Delta is best discovered by mokoro canoe, while abundant wildlife can be encountered in Chobe and Moremi parks.
Botswana has an abundance of big African animals such as elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo and zebra. Big cats aren’t as prevalent, but there are still plenty of lions to spot. Rhino is also making a comeback here. If you’re keen on seeing rarer animals, you can find endangered antelopes and African wild dogs in some of the country’s northern parks.
Botswana has a healthy wildlife population. Most big safari animals are easily seen, with the exception of rhino, which have recently been reintroduced. The northern parks have permanent water sources and host greater concentrations of wildlife than the dry parks in the south.
The Okavango Delta and Moremi contain one of the largest populations of the highly endangered African wild dog. Wild dog packs roam over large territories and spotting them is ‘hit-or-miss’ except when they are denning. Sitatunga, red lechwe and puku can be found in the Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe’s riverfront area. These rare antelopes have adapted to a semi-aquatic habitat and spend a lot of time in shallow water.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
In general, wildlife viewing is best during the Dry season (May to October). Vegetation is thinner, and animals concentrate around water making them easier to spot. The Okavango Delta floods from June to October, providing the opportunity to watch wildlife in this unique ecosystem.
The drier parks in the Kalahari area offer better wildlife viewing during the Wet season (November to April) when fresh grasses attract wildlife from the north.