Why Botswana Should be Your Next Safari Destination

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After a handful of safaris in South Africa over the years, I was in search of a new experience this year when I booked a flight to Botswana, my first but certainly not my last. Before I had even touched down in the country a fellow traveler described it to me as “the last authentic safari on the planet”, which gave me the impression this was going to be a trip to remember for a lifetime. For my time in Botswana I travelled with AndBeyond, a travel company working throughout Africa with a focus on conservation – not just of animals, but also of the people, communities, and the land.

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Arriving in Botswana

After a series of flights from Australia (via Melbourne and Perth), I arrived in Johannesburg in the early hours of the morning. With connections limited to Maun, the nearest city for flights into the Okavango Delta, I spent a few hours in the airport stocking up on novels and biographies, sure that I would be looking for things to keep my mind active whilst out in the bush for a week (how wrong I was!)

When comparing a safari in Botswana to the more popular destination of South Africa, it is almost impossible to draw any similarities. Unlike parks in South Africa, there are absolutely no fenced areas in Botswana. The animals are free to roam wherever they please, which for a first time safari-goer may be frustrating if you’re having a slow day with sightings. But I promise you the authenticity and thrill as you and your experienced tracker are following lions and leopards to their final destination is more than worth your while!

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Game Drives & Sightings in Botswana

The first couple of days of my trip were fairly slow on sightings. There were plenty of what my guide called “general game” (zebras and giraffe), but with the humidity high and rains on the horizon, the animals were difficult to find. It was on day three when the rain cleared in the early afternoon that this really started to change – with cheetahs, leopards and lions all in abundance on my afternoon game drive.

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Conservation & the “Last Authentic Safari”

Botswana has also almost entirely eradicated poaching in the country. Although tourism isn’t the highest grossing industry in the country (that’d be diamonds), it is a really important industry to many locals and employs a high rate of locals. This has led to a high level of education and understanding for animal conservation, which also extends to care of the land and care of the people. So if you’re anything like me and want to feel like you’re making the “right” choices when traveling, the authentic safari experience is also equally matched with a high degree of passion and genuine care for conservation.

The landscapes are also a stark difference in comparison to previous safaris I have experienced, with lush greenery and wide open plains. In comparison to the likes of Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg, it was a much prettier landscape to explore (vs. thick bush and a current drought), as well as some of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen the world over.

Last but not least, it is the perfect chance to switch off! For the entirety of my stay at Sadibe Okavango Safari Lodge and Nxabega Tented Camp, we never saw other companies’ safari vehicles and had a huge area for ourselves to explore.

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Hot tip: if you’re eager to see meerkats be sure to venture south of the country to the Kalahari, as these cute little critters can only be seen in certain areas. For this I would recommend a visit to Jack’s Camp, which has been on my bucket list for the longest time!

It’s all in the details:

Fly to: Maun via Johannesburg with SAA

Stay: Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Stay: Nxabega Tented Camp

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    March 16, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Nice Article Thanks.

    March 15, 2018 at 3:50 am

    I’ve always wanted to go on a safari. Botswana would be a good place to do it.

    LIDL Προσφορεσ
    March 15, 2018 at 12:03 am

    This is a dream trip for everyone. I ve been there when I was 5 and do not remember many things. You made me book tickets for this summer to revisit this heaven again. Thanks

    Olivia Posh
    March 7, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    thanks for us amazing posting modeling…..regrading

    March 6, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Wow, Botswana looks like a dream!

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    March 2, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Thanks for sharing. I’m going to Botswana (and Namibia) later this year, including the Okavango – and I’m really looking forward to it.

    Alvaro Smith
    February 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    nice Botswana is a beautiful place! there is so beautiful view. I have to visit Botswana.

    February 28, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Thanks for this wonderful blog. The images are really lovely.

    Samantha Kwiatkowski
    February 28, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Wow it looks like you had an amazing trip! I have actually never considered traveling to Botswana but this made me want to go so bad!

    February 28, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Wow! Botswana is beautiful! I have to visit Botswana. You photos amazing!

    February 27, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful experience with us.

    February 27, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Nice article. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
    Best regards.

    February 27, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    This is probably really stupid of me, but I did not even know you could go on safari in Botswana! Botswana has been a dream destination for my Mum and I for years and an authentic, sustainable, safari experience has just made me want to go even more!

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