The Kalahari Desert – Known by early travellers as a ‘thirstland’, most of the Kgalagadi (its Setswana name) is covered with scrub bush, trees and grasslands along with vast areas of red-brown sand. This largely unchanging flat terrain is occasionally interrupted by gently descending valleys, sand dunes, and large numbers of pans which fill with water during the rainy season. The hard surface ensures that the water remains in the pans, which are of great importance to wildlife and obtain valuable nutrients from the salts and grasses.
The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park – Is part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Africa’s first transfrontier park. It has huge numbers of large antelope, including gemsbok and eland, as well as many lion and cheetah.
The Okavango Delta – The largest inland delta in the world is best viewed from a mokoro (dugout canoe). The Okavango River flows in from the highlands of Angola in the North West, forming the 15,000 sq. km network of water channels, lagoons, swamps and islands. It is a magnet for the wildlife that depends on the permanent waters of this unique feature.
Moremi Game Reserve – Where the delta meets the desert! Moremi has been described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa, and contains an abundance of game and birdlife.
Chobe National Park – Botswana’s finest big game park is home to vast animal herds, in particular elephant. Viewing is best along the Chobe River and in the Savuti region. The park’s north and northwest border is marked by the Chobe River, a popular water source making game viewing by boat a must-see attraction.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve – The second largest game reserve in the world and situated in the centre of Botswana. The reserve is characterised by vast open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds. The main wildlife concentrations of giraffe, brown hyena, warthog, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, lion, blue wildebeest, and springbok are found in the northern half of the reserve and best seen between December and April, when the animals congregate in the pans and valleys.
Makgadigadi National Park – Is accessible only by 4 wheel drive vehicles. The north eastern region of the Kalahari Basin contains the Makgadikgadi Pans, an extensive network of salt pans and ephemeral lakes.
Mashatu Game Reserve – Known as the Land of Giants, is home to great baobab trees and elephant herds, as well as an abundance of game and bird species. The reserve covers 46,000 hectares of savannah plains, riverine forests, open marshland and rugged outcrops of sandstone.