Botswana being listed in “the top ten countries you absolutely have to visit in 2018,” you cannot miss the opportunity of seeing this beauty hence Botswana being our pride as Batswana and your destination of choice as a tourist. The land is still intact whilst the wild animals and the vegetation are still very much taken care of by nature itself. You want a feel of the undisturbed wilderness in that case Botswana is the best place for you to visit. In the Chobe district of Botswana the greatest places to visit are Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve.
Chobe National Park
The Chobe national park covers about 11,700km2 of the northern Kalahari, much of it impenetrable thorn bush growing on deep sand. It is famous for huge herds of elephant and buffalo and large prides of lion that have learnt to hunt them; for a river that apparently flows both ways and for the mysterious, disappearing and reappearing Savuti Channel. The key to this area is Chobe’s animal migrations. These animals move in complex, ancient patterns determined by the rain and available food. This park is best explored using a mobile safari.
Moremi National Park
Moremi is lush and varied- a patchwork of lagoons, shallow flooded pans, plains and forests. It is one of Africa’s finest areas for wildlife, with particularly high game densities. The animals found here are numerous and relaxed often allowing vehicles to approach closely. It protects the core of the Okavango Delta. The game reserve encompasses a large area of the Delta’s wetlands and the main dry peninsula that juts into the Delta, known as the Mophane Tongue. Moremi game reserve got its name from Batawana in 1962 when they set aside a third of the Okavango Delta to protect it for the future.
One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than hundred meters. It is also considered to be the largest fall in the world. The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the spray and mist from the falling water is rising to a height of over 400 meters and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya “The smoke that thunders”
The great Makgadikgadi Pans, covering about 10, 000km2 of the Kalahari, are nothing but salt. Some are enormous: others are the size of a small duck-pond. Around these are rolling grasslands and the occasional picturesque palm tree island. Of course within the Kalahari there are many special sights. Magical places where you can pick up tools last handled in the Stone Age, or examine the world’s first paintings, or look around you and see nothing but the earth’s curvature. Then at other times you may see vast herds of animals following ancient migration routes, or drive over enormous open plains dotted with endless game. Around January to March, if the rains have well, the pans flood. When this happens, grasses spring to life, flamingos arrive to nest and a huge migration of zebra and wildebeest arrives. This is one of Africa’s great unpredictable wildlife spectacles.
North of Makgadikgadi there is Nxai Pan National Park is a fascinating park, often underrated because of the unpredictability of its game. The fossil pans here are covered with grasses, and which it is easy to spot the game. During the dry season there is a good population of springbok, giraffe and gemsbok, though this often increases between around December and April when the rains can turn the park into veritable salad bowl herbivores. You will also find hartebeest here along with lion, cheetah and both brown and spotted hyena. Don’t leave without seeing Kudiakam Pan, and the famous Baines Baobabs.
Its well known as the stage upon which lion prides compete with hyena clans for food and territory. A remote area of the Chobe National Park, it has earned its international reputation for raw, dramatic game viewing thanks to its landscapes, abundant wildlife and full cast predators. When accessed by air the Chobe River and Okavango Delta wetlands are viewed clearly. Its open woodlands provide habitat for large antelope and buffalo herds, preyed on by big cats and wild dogs, while permanent waterholes ensure elephants remain in Savuti all year. The banks of the Savuti are crowded with animals and birds.