Breathtaking beauty of nature and an immense water occurrence invite to unique sighting of wilderness. Richly rewarded with fantastic natural wonders, this country lets its visitors remain in amazement and will never release them!
Even though Botswana is a landlocked country, it possesses an immense richness of water. Especially during the rainy season, journeys and safaris through the country offer the possibility of marveling at a unique flora and fauna.
The Chobe National Park was the first national park in Botswana and foundet in 1967 to protect the unaffected nature of the country. In 1980 and 1987 it was extended and with this reached today's size of 10.566 km². It was named after the Chobe River which forms the northern border of the park. Nearly the whole area of the park is plain and very sandy, partly also marshy.
Chobe National Park is especially famous for its huge herd of elephants. In 2009 an official counting amounted for about 120.000 animals. Additionally the park is home for diverse other species like antelopes, kudus, impalas or elands.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve was founded in 1961 to secure the threatened hunting grounds of the last hunters and gatherers from the tribe "San of Kalahari". It is located in the Kalahari sand desert in Botswana and with its 52.500 km² is the second largest game reserve of the world. It was first opened for individual tourism in 1998.
The Game Reserve consists of a plain savannah and semi-desert landscape where forests alternate with large dunes, grassland and bush savannah as well as with fossil river valleys. You may discover many different animals in the park, amongst them leopard, cheetah, giraffe, hyena, warthog, kudu, antelope, lion or wildebeest.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park emerged from the combination of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in Southafrica and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana and consists of an area of over 3,6 million hectare. The park is known for its lions, which live here in a relatively high density. The landscape of the park mainly consists of large dune fields which are disrupted by valleys running in the south-eastern direction.
Often you can watch many diverse animal species at the waterholes which have only been formed for this purpose.Besides the famous Kalahari lions, leopards and hyenas you will also find big herds of animals like wildebeests, antelopes, springboks and many more.
The Makgadikgadi-Pans-National Park is located in the north-eastern border of the Kalahari at a height of 900 m, its name means "huge, lifeless land". The region of today's national park has never been populated due to the water shortage, in 1970 a part of it was declared a game reserve and extended to 4.877 km² and elevated to a national park. The park is a part of the over 16.000 km² system of the Makgadikgadi- salt pans, these are the remains of a large inland lake.
Outside the salt pans the national park is dominated by the grass landscapes of a typical dry savannah as well as sporadic bush land and unique palm forests. Alongside the Boteti River you will find zebras and elephants and at some sufficiently filled waterholes also hippos. The park is known for its diverse bird life during the rainy season, during which also other animal species are wandering from the Okavango Delta to the national park.