Top Natural Wonders in Botswana

Neighboring South Africa, Namiba and Zimbabwe (among others) Botswana is situated in an area of Africa that was once very appreciated for its game. However, the country’s game has now become a tourist attraction, as a significant part of the country’s territory is represented by protected areas. Botswana is home to some unique natural features, like the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert, which is also the reason why Botswana is among the top wildlife safari destinations in Africa. This being said, let’s take a closer look at the top natural wonders in Botswana:

Kalahari

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Kalahari Desert covers a significant part of Botswana’s surface. Commonly known as the second biggest desert in Africa, Kalahari is actually a semi-arid surface – despite the fact that it receives very small quantity of rainfall, this wide area in Southern Africa is home to numerous ecosystems. You can observe much of the flora and fauna which are typical for the Kalahari region while visiting the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Chobe National Park

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One of Africa’s favorite safari destinations, Chobe National Park in Botswana displays a wonderful diversity of animals. Unlike Kalahari, The Chobe plains benefit from abundant water sources – actually, much of its surface is covered by marshes and swamps – which makes it a perfect habitat for elephants. Elephants are the main attraction in Chobe but visitors will also be able to spot lion, buffalo, jackal, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, zebra and many more.

Okavango Delta

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Right in the middle of the Kalahari one can find the Okavango Delta, one of the most unique natural phenomena. Unlike the common deltas which are formed when a river slowly flows into the sea, the Okavango delta has the unusual particularity of flowing into nowhere. During the rainy season the delta (considered by many as a swamp) spreads over a 150 km wide surface, forming numerous channels and islands. The delta/swamp attracts hundreds of species of birds, as well as hippos, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes or leopards.

Kgalagadi Transfontier Park

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The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park represents a protected area shared between Botswana and South Africa, one of the few such trans-border nature reserves. The main reason for creating this park in 2000 was to allow animals to travel and migrate freely on across the savannah. Thus, Kgalagadi now represents one of the best-preserved ecosystems in Africa, where the human impact is almost non-existent. Unlike the other parks where herbivores are the main attraction, here carnivores rule: it’s the kingdom of cheetah, lion and leopard.

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