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Botswana is a home to a perennially transforming dusty red desert, immense floodplains, vibrant savannas, majestic big cats, and massive elephant herds. Botswana’s immense landscapes may seem fictional, yet they indelibly become real before your eyes. From hippos to elephant herds, big cats to countless birds, Botswana is a place where you can discover the mother’s nature greatest theater. Explore the national parks and game reserves while spotting the giant antelopes. Kickstart the ultimate Botswana safari customized just for you and the animal kingdom.
Some Unique Experiences To Make During Botswana Safari Tours
Botswana is considered as a luxury safari destination in Africa as it has four must-visit places in Botswana, including the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park. These places encourage travelers to visit again by opening the opportunities of enjoying the three different kinds of Botswana Safaris,just through a single tour. Be on the surface of the land, or waving through the waters, or wandering in the silent desert, all can be enjoyed when on Safari Tours.
Here are some interesting and unique things that a traveler must try during Botswana Safari Tours:
Hop On To Hot Air Balloon Safari
Botswana is surrounded by incredible landscapes and what’s a better way to explore the beauty of Botswana than taking a hot air balloon safari? A hot air balloon glides slowly through the skies giving clear views of the drylands and its wildlife animals. Between April to September, hot air balloon safaris become the highlight on Botswana safari tours and it is recommended to go for a hot air balloon ride for a truly pleasurable experience.
A hot air balloon ride gives a wide panoramic view of the place covering a meticulous game viewing, dark and dense forest, a beautiful view of the Okavango Delta (throughout the flooding season) and last but certainly not least, a view of wildlife animals wandering in a group. This balloon safari is only being done in Kadizora which is situated in a region of the Okavango Delta. This 45 minutes balloon ride can be booked by the tourists early in the morning to experience the best game viewing while having an overall view of Delta at the sunrise. It truly gives off a magical experience to a tourist but greeted with a glass of champagne upon return is an ecstacy for sure.
A Magical Mokoro Ride To Explore The Okavango Delta
When it comes to choosing the best option to discover the entire area in the Okavango Delta, a mokoro ride considers to be the best option. It is a canoe-like boat that takes around the shallow water of the Okavango Delta. Mokoro is known to be old and the foremost traditional mode of transport for goods and nowadays, mokoro safari is the second best way of game viewing that tourists pick. In the mokoro safari, not more than 3 people are allowed to ride at a time, two visitors sit in the mokoro and rest mokoro-man stands at the stern to move the mokoro forward using “ngashi”.
The mokoro safari is quite a famous activity in the Okavango Delta among tourists and is one of the best ways to watch the wildlife animals without disturbing them with the noise of the motor-boat. The mokoro men (who rows it) are highly knowledgeable and well-versed with the environment, thus making these water safaris safe and enjoyable. These safari guides will lead you through the narrow channels and beautiful reeds to get you close to the delta’s glorious birdlife and game viewing of the wildlife animals such as hippos, elephants, etc. These wildlife animals, especially hippos, create a trail that moves through the reeds of the narrow channels which is known as “hippo highway”. Between May and October, considered as the flood season, camping alongside the lagoons is best experienced during mokoro safaris in the Okavango Delta.
Explore “The Land of Giants” In Botswana
Chobe National Park, known as “The Land of Giants” and is the Big Five Safaris in Africa having a huge herd of giant elephants estimated around 12,000. This park is a perfect place to photograph elephants playing in the water and this can be captured during mid-day when a herd of elephants makes the elephant trail to the fall. Africa safari vehicle and a boat safari are the best modes of transportation to explore the Chobe National Park. It is one of the best safari destinations in Africa which makes it popular among travelers. There are a lot of safari lodges and camps offering the best opportunities to embrace the stunning views of these wildlife animals during Botswana Safari Tours.
Embrace The Art Of Rock Through Tsodilo Hills
Located in a remote region of the Kalahari Desert, Tsodilo Hills are UNESCO World Heritage Site offering finest rock painting, dramatic rock shelters, and small caves. The beauty of asymmetrical rock and the artistic artwork on rock empowers the overall environment with its magical scenic view. The entire view is so captivating and mind-blowing that it becomes hard for the visitor to leave the place without having a few clicks. Tsodilo Hills is a place where the rock painting of Bushmen, which believed to be the first creation of Bushmen, is made on the sacred rock. Apart from holding the first creation of Bushmen, it is also famous as the resting place of the spirits. It is estimated 3500 rock paintings are present across the rock faces of the Tsodilo Hills. It considers as one of the most historical rock art sites present in the world. While getting revealed to the magnificent rock paintings in Tsodilo Hills, you may discover the Tsodilo Gecko. It is a small nocturnal gecko that has uniquely created brown and yellow stripes which offers a beautiful look to Tsodilo Hills.
Explore The Natural Beauty Of Baobab In Nxai Pan
Famous painter and explorer Thomas Baines once painted a magnificent artwork of Baobab trees in 1862 when traveling through the Kalahari Desert. There is a group of seven giant trees of Baobab which also recognized as the “Seven Sisters”. This group of Seven Sisters influences no vegetation area on the edge of Kudiakam Pan. The picturesque views of the Baines Baobabs make the Nxai Pan National Park popular for photographic safaris. This is just not an ideal place for exploring the beauty of these “Seven Sisters” trees but to experience the exciting reserve game of wildlife animals and nature walks with the Bushmen trackers.
The aforementioned are some of the best places to visit in Botswana during Botswana Safari Tours.
The Best Time For Botswana Safari Tours
The best time to visit Botswana is during the 'green' season, that happens to fall between November to March. These months are quite enjoyable for visiting Botswana as due to less rain, there will be less vegetation which makes game viewing easier to spot for the visitor. Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, and Chobe are some of the popular spots to visit in Botswana and the perfect time to encounter all these top parks would be between May to September.
Best Time To Visit Botswana
- June to September - for visiting parks like Okavango Delta, Moremi, and Chobe National Park.
- March to May - for visiting other drier parks.
High Season To Visit Botswana
- July to October - Chobe National Park is the only park where visitors find a crowd, besides, peace can be best experienced during these months.
Low Season To Visit Botswana
- December to April - during these months some of the lodges and camps are closed down due to less tourist visit.
Best Weather To Visit Botswana
- April and May - the temperature of the area is moderate during these months.
Worst Weather To Visit Botswana
- October and November - the temperature of Botswana is very hot during these months.
- January and February - these months are considered to be the Wet months.
Botswana is a year-round safari destination, however, here is a full detail of the best months to visit Botswana month by month during Botswana Safari Tours.
Dry Season - May to October
Due to less rain in the area, there will be less vegetation which enforces wildlife animals to be around rivers, making game viewing easy.
No mosquitoes are found during the dry season due to rare rainfall in the area.
The area gets less crowded which makes it more enjoyable for tourist looking for peace.
The night and early mornings get cold, so woolen clothes are required for nights and mornings.
Wet Season - November to April
Due to moisture in the air, the visitors can find greenery around the area.
The wet season is perfect for finding many newborns wildlife animals and birds.
Between January and February, the rains continue to fall which makes it hard for visitors to spot any wildlife animal.
October and November are the hottest months of the year in Botswana.
Most of the best lodges and camps close down during the wet season.
The Best Time To Visit The Major Parks In Botswana
In Botswana, there are a plethora of parks that attract a lot of visitors to the safari destination in Botswana. The Okavango Delta, Chobe, and Moremi are some of the best parks in Botswana offering year-round wildlife game viewing. Game viewing is at its best during the dry season when it is easy to spot wildlife animals apart from the flood in the Okavango Delta. Rest of the parks in Botswana are best to visit during the wet season when it is easier to spot those wildlife animals that are absent in the dry season due to the greenery effect.
Botswana Luxury Safari Camps and Lodges
Game viewing and unique ecosystem make Botswana stands alone as the best safari destination for experiencing wildlife. To experience a life-changing Botswana Safari Tours, choosing the best Botswana luxury safari camps in Botswana are much-needed.
There is an array of safari lodges available in Botswana supporting the unique ecosystem through African tourism built completely out ofnatural materials that complement the surrounding. The lodges in Botswana are the perfect accommodation for tourists looking for comfort, luxury with a dash of adventure, whereas, the camps offer more adventurous feel to tourists looking for making the standout experience.
Lodges in Botswana are the ideal option to consider when it comes to staying near the popular parks. These lodges are built in such a way that they offer river-facing rooms and a perfect wildlife escape for those tourists who are willing to have a thrilling experience with these wildlife animals.
Camping is a perfect accommodation for those tourists who wish to have an all-in-one tour. These tented camp tours offer a rocky view of landscapes that are the perfect accommodation for both adventure-lovers and nature-lovers.
Before getting board on the Botswana luxury safari tours, it is suggested to ask the tour agent for the right type of accommodation available in Botswana at the right time of year.
The first and the foremost thing to be done before leaving for the Botswana safari tours is to fulfill your visa and passport requirements according to the Botswana government rules and regulations. The US, Canada, and EU citizens have the privilege to not carry a visa to travel to Botswana. They can stay in Botswana for up to 90 days and for others, it is mandatory to have a visa to enter in the premises of Botswana.
Health And Safety Measures To Consider While Botswana Luxury Safari Tours
In terms of safety, Botswana is one of the safest safari destinations in Africa with low crime rates. When it comes to the natives of Botswana, they are quite helpful and friendly in nature. The country is free from any kind of political corruption and holds no civil war in history. The country is safe to stay in when on a safari vacation. Luxury lodges and tented camps are the safest accommodations in Botswana but still locking away the luggage is advisable for safety precautions. All-in-all, the country is no threat to its tourists but it is always recommended to follow the instructions carefully provided by the tour guide.
In terms of health measures, no vaccination is required before entering the premises of the country. There are certain things that need consideration before leaving for Botswana luxury safari tours.
A regular check-up is good for preventing any kind of health issues.
Medication and general practitioner's prescription is required to carry along.
Always carry hand-sanitizer to keep bacteria and germs at bay.
It is suggested to always drink mineral water or bottled water.
These are some of the safety and health measures that need to be taken before traveling to Botswana.
Customs and Etiquette of Botswana
Batswana has dominated most of the other minority groups in the country for being the only cattle owners. In the country, Cattle is the main traditional Tswana source of money and class. Music, both traditional and modern, plays a big part in Botswana culture. Whether it is a rural area or urban area, the native of Botswana take this culture forward and include in their everyday activities and ceremonies. The traditional music is now incorporated into the church singing in both urban and rural areas.
There is a long list of rules of social etiquette within the culture, however, foreigners are not expected to abide by all of them. The least is expected from the visitors who wish to explore the country without any cultural barrier. There are certain things that need to consider while traveling to Botswana:
Casual clothing is always welcome, maintaining the sensibility of Batswana culture.
Intimacy in public areas should be avoided (for married couples as well).
The formal greeting should not be ignored.
The common terms of respect used in the Setswana language for men and women are “Mma” and “Rra” respectively followed by the Dumela which means “Hello”.
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