Botswana's Safari Game

Updated: Mar 11

Welcome to Botswana, home to a third of Africa's elephants.

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Botswana, the home of many elephants

Northern Botswana is probably known as the most pristine and high quality safari you can find anywhere. The nation is vast and diverse in natural environments, with about 40% of the country being protected for wildlife.

In 2014, Botswana banned commercial hunting and focused its effort on safari tourism instead. Legislation was also put in place to limit the number of tourists in any single area, protecting the wildlife while making it a more enjoyable experience for those who arrive.

A safari trip can start at the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. While 84% of Botswana is covered by sand, this cannot be further away. Wetlands, maze of channels and woodlands dominate this area, feeding all the big five game animals - the African lion, African leopard, Cape buffalo, African bush elephant and South-central black / white rhinoceros. But if you want to see more elephants, you can also head over to Chobe National Park, home to around 70,000 elephants.

If this is not enough to convince you, make your way to the Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest salt flats in the world today, but once an extremely fertile area with lakes and grasslands. This is also where you can see the world's second largest zebra migration, with about 25,000 zebras arriving here every year.

On top of all of these, Botswana is one of the safest African countries to travel to, and has a government that is generally keen on protecting the nature, making your trip even more responsible.

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