Africa’s biggest delta, the Okavango, is home to a huge range of wildlife. It draws elephant, giraffe and buffalo en mass, and with them come lion, hyena and wild dog in hot pursuit. When the mighty Okavango bursts its banks, you can see up to 550 bird species, from the martial eagle to the great swamp warbler.
Moremi Game Reserve
Located in Botswana’s north-eastern corner, covering one-fifth of the vast Okavango Delta, Moremi is one of Africa’s most beautiful game reserves. The region boasts a diverse range of ecosystems, including floodplains, lagoons, forests and open grasslands.
This variety of landscapes offers visitors a choice of safari experiences – take your pick from guided bush walks, 4x4 game drives or paddling safaris in a dugout canoe.
Best time to visit: August to November
Go there for: Sensational landscapes and fewer visitors than other reserves
Don’t miss: The wet season when the mammal numbers in the park swell
The famous Selinda Spillway links the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti swamps in Botswana’s north. The surrounding floodplains attract vast herds of antelope, zebra and elephant during the dry season, when wildlife gathers around the permanent water springs. Following closely behind these herds, opportunistic predators such as lion, cheetah and wild dog will be on the hunt, so keep your camera at the ready for action shots.
When the water levels are right, a canoe safari offers a different perspective of the Selinda Reserve.
Best time to visit: March to October
Go there for: The incredible conservation efforts in operation
Don’t miss: Some of the largest elephant herds in Southern Africa
The Linyanti Concession sits in the Kalahari’s north, in a landscape dominated by mopane woodlands and vast floodplains. Here, where wetland meets desert, the sheer variety of wildlife is staggering. A guided safari will bring you alongside species such as zebra, elephant, giraffe, lion, impala, leopard and spotted hyena. In the dry season, rarer species such as roan antelope and sable can be spotted too.
The Linyanti Reserve is an ideal extension to a safari in Moremi or the Okavango Delta, providing access to one of Botswana’s most remote but rewarding destinations.
Best time to visit: March to November
Go there for: The sumptuous camps in the region
Don’t miss: Unparalleled bird-watching and a huge range of big mammals