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Safaris Are Great in Botswana

Aug 18, 2007
Maun is the primary international link with Botswana via Johannesburg and Harare and secondary links through Gabarone, Windhoek, Victoria Falls, Nairobi, DaresSalaam, Lilongwe, Lusaka and a few other regional airports.

Light aircraft charters are a common feature of safaris in Botswana, Maun and Kasane are the main internal hubs, with most of the camps having their own airstrips.

Botswana has a long and dry winter period from May to December, January to April is the wet season. Safaris in Botswana can be very sensitive to seasonal changes depending upon what youd like to see.

In Okavango Delta the floods arrive at Mohembo in December with a peak between January and March, sometimes as late as May. The flood in Maun usually reaches its peak in July or August, sometimes as late as September. Best game viewing is generally July to October. Some areas of the Delta experience heavy winds during August and September and some of the seasonal camps are closed during the wet season.

Moremi is good all year but best during the dry months from May to October.

Chobe The riverfront at Kasane and Linyanti is good all year best from May to October. The Savuti area is best from November to May if the Savuti channel floods or water remains in the Mababe Depression then May to October is excellent. Midwinter can be very cold and the worst heat is encountered from September until the rains start.

Kalahari during winter, the days are hot with night time temperatures at sub-zero. Summer temperatures are scorching. Best tackled March to October.

Arguably southern Africas most popular safari destination. A hugely unpopulated territory that enjoys political and economic stability and is blessed with impressive wildlife and wilderness areas.

Botswana is well suited for both first time African visitors and safari specialists seeking remote and secluded safari getaways.

Botswanas prized safari destinations include the Okavango Delta and Moremi Chobe National Park and Savuti the remote Linyanti/Chobe river system, the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Pans.

Safari accommodations in Botswana are comparable with the best elsewhere in the region. This applies as much to lodges and seasonal camps as it does to the few specialist mobile safari operators.

With few exceptions, lodges are located in private concessions outside but in close proximity to the actual Park and Reserve boundaries.

One of the major attractions is the generally small size of accommodations with most of them accommodating on average 16 or less guests at any one time.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Botswana Rental Site
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