Visit the Land of the Okavango Dessert

Botswana has a natural beauty that lies in its wilderness, wildlife and cultural diversity. The renowned Okavango Delta spreads out across the north western corner and creates a paradise within the Kalahari Desert. The Moremi Game Reserve, established to preserve much of the Okavango, is home to a variety of animals. The Chobe National Park and Savuti area are well known for concentrations of elephants. Unique San rock art, geological wonders, and traditional art are additional attractions in the country.

Botswana is located in the heart of southern Africa. Botswana has enjoyed remarkable economic growth since independence. From being one of the poorest countries, Botswana has emerged as one the fastest growing economies in the world. Its natural beauty lies in its unspoiled wilderness some of the largest wildlife herds left in the world and cultural diversity.

Tourism accounts for about 40% of the employment opportunities in Botswana. Among the major tourist attractions are two of the world’s most fragile environments covering a great portion of Botswana – Kalahari Desert with its vast golden sands and eerie outlying ‘pan’ depressions and Okavango Delta - said to be the largest inland delta in the world and a birding paradise in a vast maze of islands and channels, a small part of which has been set aside as the elephant population in the world and the Tuli Block with its rugged terrain.

Nearby, Chobe River, Linyanti Wetlands, and Savuti Channel ecosystem draw brilliant birds, strong herds of elephant, and large numbers of antelope, from the desert-adapted Oryx to wetlands-loving lechwe.

Hunting and gathering is practised by all tribesmen but is guided by very strict traditional conservation strategies. This cultural heritage has enabled Botswana to preserve vast and diverse species of wildlife and natural resources. At least 17% of Botswana is reserved as parks, which facilitates the protection of the fragile natural environment.

The seasons in Botswana are somewhat irregular. Rains generally start in October or November, and can persist until March or April. There may be long dry spells within that time. Rain tends to fall in short, often violent thundershowers, and generally the greatest amount falls in December, January and February.

The best time to visit Botswana is April to October when the days are sunny and not too hot. Evening temperatures drop sharply. During the summer months temperatures can rise to over 40ºC and usually drop to around 25ºC at the night.

Botswana is a land of contrasts, where one can experience contrasting life styles. Travel from the busy urban centres, to rural villages, and even to the most remote life of the San people. Safaris, canoeing, boat cruises, hunting and fishing adventures make it the ideal destination for most adventurers. Botswana boasts an array of tourist facilities and premiere accommodations in small, private camps.

Bateleur Tours and Travel can help you experience all of these wonderful elements of nature.