Top Botswana wilderness safaris by SundownerSafaris: Botswana is home to over 500 bird species. You will face the exciting challenge of discovering the Pel’s fishing owl in that far-off tree. You can also attempt to capture the perfect photo of a fish eagle taking off. The best time to plan a Botswana vacation is during the warmer months of November to March. During this time, migratory birds join the year-round residents. The ideal places to go birding in Botswana are Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta since they have all-season water sources nearby. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park is also a fantastic destination for birdwatchers. The park provides a sanctuary to more than 170 bird species. A boat tour along the Chobe River or the Okavango Delta permits you to watch waterbird species like the African Jacana and Southern Carmine Bee-eaters. Every year, various waterbird species make their way to known breeding grounds to lay their eggs and nurture their chicks. You frequently see waterbirds in lagoons with tree-filled islands or dense reed mats. The best time to watch waterbirds is between August and November when there are high temperatures and low water levels. Read even more details on https://www.sundownersafaris.com/botswana.
Boasting sand dunes, salt pans, and a thriving diversity of wildlife, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one of the best parks to visit in Botswana during the rainy summer months (November – April). Regarded as one of the largest parks in Botswana, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park covers an estimated area of 14,670 square miles/ 38,000 square kilometers. Its size is largely due to the fact that it encompasses two previously separate parks: The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. While you won’t find the entire African Big 5 here, migrating herds of wildebeest and other antelope attract large numbers of predators and raptors – resulting in some pretty spectacular sightings. The protected area that makes up the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is unfenced, which allows the wildlife to follow their ancient migration routes.
Kasane is situated between the Four Corners of Africa; where Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zamibia meet. It is a great spot to stay for visits to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Botswana’s own Chobe National Park. The town’s own attractions include a huge Baobab tree that was once used as a prison due to its trunk that is so large a human can enter. There is also a snake park that houses around 50 snakes from 17 different species. Kasane is also wonderfully situated for exploring the Chobe River.
Technically part of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Nxai Pan was created as an extension to expand the conservation area. Situated within Nxai Pan you’ll find the magnificent and highly sought-after wilderness and safari destination, the Nxai Pan National Park. While the spectacular scenery and vast landscapes is one of the area’s main draws, boasting remarkable sand dunes, towering baobab trees, and of course the salt pans themselves, Nxai Pan and Nxai Pan National Park has so much to offer. During Botswana’s rainy season (from November to April), the lakebed becomes beautifully lush and green, playing host to an incredible variety of wildlife that migrate through the area. When flooded, the pans also offer exceptional birding and vast game-viewing opportunities. Another wet season highlight is the great annual zebra migration which sees thousands of zebras move through Botswana’s Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Parks. Although the Great Migration in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the most famous and biggest land migration in the world, Botswana’s zebra migration is actually the longest migration as well as the second largest migration of wildlife in Africa.
The Tsodilo Hills appear almost suddenly out of the ground in the northwest Kalahari. These imposing rock formations of varying shapes and sizes are made to love even more impressive by the relative flatness of the surrounding land in the Kalahari. The Tsodillo Hills are a Unesco World Heritage site and are home to an amazing 4000 cave paintings spread out over 200 locations. The cave paintings, along with other evidence, suggests that the hills were first inhabited over 30,000 years ago.
Unlike most river deltas the Okavango River empties onto open land, flooding the savanna and creating a unique and ever-changing inland delta. The Okavango Delta is affected by seasonal flooding, with the delta floods covering over 6,175 square miles/ 16,000 square kilometers every year. The Delta’s peak flood season takes place during May – October (with water levels being at its highest during June – August). The Delta’s peak flood season coincides with Botswana’s dry season, which in turn coincides with great migrations of plains game from the dry hinterland. During the Okavango Delta’s dry season, around 260,000 mammals are estimated to congregate around the delta, resulting in pristine wildlife sightings and encounters. The Delta is also known as a world-famous stronghold for predators and an exceptional birding site, home to approximately 530 bird species.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable luxury travel safari destinations experience, look no further than Botswana. From the awe-inspiring wildlife to the world-class accommodations, Botswana safaris are sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Botswana is not only blessed with spectacular wilderness reserves, but the government’s decision to opt for a high-quality, low-impact tourism model means that many of the operators, particularly in the vast private concessions, offer a uniquely exclusive wilderness experience including activities such as night drive safaris and off roading to get up close and personal to the animals. Find many more information at https://www.sundownersafaris.com/.