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Travel Guide: Botswana Highlights

12th Oct 2011 1:54am | By Editor

Wildlife destinations with nature - not profit - in mind.

The Okavango Delta

Africa’s largest inland water system starts in Angola’s western highlands, with tributaries joining to form the Cubango River which flows through Namibia into Botswana to form the Okavango.

Growing to 16,000 square kilometres during peak flooding in the African summer, it is home to crocodile, red lechwe (a rare African antelope), sitatunga (a swamp dwelling antelope), elephant, wild dogs, buffalo, wattled cranes and an abundance of bird life

The Chobe National Park

Apart from the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park is Botswana’s most well known conservation area. It stretches from the north-western border at the Chobe River to the dry Savute Channel and beyond to the borders of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the Okavango Delta.

The Park is known for its 120,000 elephants, buffalo, antelope and a wealth of predators.

The Kalahari Desert

Covering an area of some 260,000 square kilometres, the Kalahari Desert occupies central and south-western Botswana, parts of west central South Africa and eastern Namibia.

In summer the grass bordering the water pans turns green with large herds of zebra, wildebeest and other antelope migrating to the area to graze. It is also alive with nesting flamingo, pelican and duck.

Gaberone

Often called “Gabs” by the locals, the Botswana capital with its population of almost 200,000 people is one of Africa's fastest-growing cities. It lies in the flat valley between the Kgale and Oodi hills only 15 km from Botswana’s south-eastern border with South Africa.

It is home to the headquarters of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the seat of the University of Botswana. With modern shopping malls, restaurants and international fast food chains, it is a melting pot of the developed world meeting traditional, but also developing, Africa.