Botswana focuses on high-quality safaris, as opposed to mass-market safaris on offer in other destinations. Because of this, Botswana's safari parks are well respected as some of the finest in Africa.
Botswana's northern and central reserves and parks offer distinctly different experiences. Its top parks in the north include the Okavango Delta, the Linyanti, Chobe, and Moremi, while in the center of the country, there is the Makgadikgadi Pan and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. For desert landscapes, we suggest heading to the center to meet the local communities of meerkats and bushmen.
Alternatively, the majority of travelers prefer the water-focused safaris of the north with a few nights in Chobe and the Okavango Delta, where game drives and river cruises hug the waterways to encounter the Big Five wildlife.
Take a look at our recommended safari parks below:
Home to Africa’s finest private parks, including the predator-rich Moremi Game Reserve, the Okavango Delta offers the widest diversity of safari activities, as well as the most exclusive safari experience on the continent.
The Moremi Game Reserve is the thumping heart of the Okavango Delta. Virtually surrounded by the Delta’s flood plains, Moremi is primarily made up of the land mass called Chief's Island.
The Linyanti is the collective name for three of Africa’s finest private reserves – the Linyanti itself, Selinda, and Kwando. Located just to the west of the Chobe National Park, this area is famous for its large herds.
Botswana’s Chobe National Park is home to huge concentrations of game. Taking its name from the Chobe River, which forms the park’s northern boundary, Chobe is most famous for its vast elephant herds, with numbers as high as 80,000 in the dry season.
The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are the remains of a huge super-lake that covered much of this part of Africa many years ago. Today, all that is left are two huge salt pans – the Sua and the Ntwetwe.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the world’s largest of its kind. Nowhere else in Africa do you feel such a total sense of space, freedom and wilderness. It’s one of the remotest and wildest places on the continent.
Savute, or Savuti, is one of four distinct areas within Botswana’s beautiful Chobe National Park. Commonly known as Savute Marsh, it is found in the west of the park and occupies over 10,000 square kilometres!
Khwai is a village in the north-west district of Botswana, situated on the Khwai river’s north bank. The Khwai river marks the northernmost boundary of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, which boasts some seriously big game!