Botswana's National Parks
Botswana’s national parks are set in a uniquely different backdrop to most other African safari destinations. Whilst some African safari destinations have gone for more of a volume-based model, Botswana’s national parks are focused on low volume high yield. This means, yes, they are expensive, however, the quality of the experience is second to none. Limited numbers of clients, means limited numbers of lodges, means limited numbers of vehicles on the wildlife sighting. This proves for a wholly unique and high-quality safari experience. Whilst this is the case in the private concessions, the parks and reserves are not so strict on numbers, and therefore volumes can be much higher; they do often still provide for a great safari experience though.
As Botswana’s national parks and concessions number so many, it is impossible to list them all, some of our favourites however have been drawn out below to give you an insight into what gets us going.
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve – a remote concession that is home to some prime game viewing with a stable population of red lechwe, kudu, sable, impala, zebra, and more. This healthy prey base provides the ultimate hunting ground for resident lion, spotted hyena, and also leopards.
Selinda Concession – adjacent to Linyanti, Selinda also has great game viewing set to the backdrop of some stunning scenery. One of our favourite camps has to be Selinda Camp with our last visit including sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs and some great elephant herd
Okavango Delta – the world-renowned Okavango Delta forever sets the mind racing. The fan-shaped delta feeds a network of fertile wetlands and lagoons, breathing life into the surrounding lands and forming ideal grazing lands for herbivores galore. Where there are herbivores there are predators.
Chobe National Park – one of Botswana’s principal national parks open to the general public resulting in larger numbers of visitors year-round. There are still some great sightings to be had however with elephant river crossings at sunset, and some great resident predators as well.
Makgadikgadi Pans – the largest salt pans on earth yet home to some truly remarkable wildlife. A hidden destination within Botswana but one that is definitely worthwhile investing the time in.