Botswana safari areas: the key destinations
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the Kalahari at its most remote. It is best visited on an intrepid mobile safari in the early months of the year. For those looking for more comfort there is also a lodge just outside the northern boundary of the reserve and two found in the north of the CKGR itself.
Chobe National Park
A flagship national park, Chobe National Park has huge amounts of big game. The Chobe Riverfront in the north is easily accessible and stunning, although busy. Further south, Savuti is a magical spot for mobile safaris and there are a few top quality lodges dotted about too...
Kalahari's Salt Pans
The vast flat saltpans of Makgadikgadi, Sua, Nxai & Kudiakam at the heart of the Kalahari host fleeting herds of game – come for a magical sense of wilderness and one or two tiny, offbeat camps.
Three excellent private safari reserves clustered around the Kwando & Linyanti Rivers, and the nearby Selinda Spillway. It's outside the Okavango Delta, but offers top-class safaris in big game country and some of Africa's best bird-watching.
Once a bush outpost, Maun is now a busy and important town. It is relevant to most visitors only as a staging-post to the wildlife reserves of the Okavango Delta, the Kwando-Linyanti area and Chobe National Park.
Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve forms the core of the Okavango Delta. It's a top wildlife area, but camps here must abide by the park's rules – which are more restrictive than in the surrounding private safari reserves.
Okavango Delta Safari Reserves
Botswana's top wildlife destination, the Okavango Delta's private reserves offer superb big game safaris, amazing boating safaris, and night drives – based at a wide range of top-class safari camps and lodges.
This is the Panhandle area of the Okavango River, north of the Okavango Delta, in Botswana's Kalahari. It includes Shakawe and the magical Tsodilo Hills; visit on an adventurous mobile safari for some of Africa's best bushman rock art.