There was a time when very few people ventured to Botswana for a holiday, but with the increase in wanting to see and take pictures of big game animals. Botswana is perfect for this as the top five animals are all able to be viewed when going on a safari. If this is something that you have always wanted to do and you want to plan a safari for you and your family, here are some tips to get you started.
The Best Time Of Year To Go
Unlike in more temperate climates, there are two significantly different seasons in Botswana. The first is the dry season which is the popular time for tourists to visit, and the second is the wet season when fewer people visit. The dry season runs from approximately April to October, with the wet season covering November through to March. Botswana is a warm climate year-round, and during the wet season, the humidity levels increase, making it less comfortable for tourists. However, you may be able to get some excellent deals for this time of year through tour operators.
Attractions In Botswana
There are three different attractions which are the most popular with visitors when going to Botswana, and these are the Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Khwai Concession, and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. As well as having an excellent choice of Botswana guided wildlife safari tours available, you will also find that there is plenty of choice of fantastic accommodation from which to choose. If you pay a visit to Chobe National Park, due to the closeness of Zimbabwe, you can also visit the world-famous Victoria Falls, which is a magical experience and will offer you some fabulous photo opportunities.
The Animals That You Can See
When people go on a safari, they are usually interested in seeing the top five big game animals, but there is plenty to see besides these. The top five big game animals are:
- Cape Buffalo
However, there are a lot of other animals that you can see and enjoy on safari in Botswana that will also offer you some fantastic opportunities to take excellent photos. You can see the little five, which includes the ant lion, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, and the rhino beetle. You can also see what is known as the shy five, which includes the meerkat, bat-eared fox, porcupine, aardvark, and the aardwolf.
You will want to shop around when you are booking your safari in Botswana, as the standards and prices can vary quite drastically. You can pay anywhere from $350 per person per night, up to $2000+. Some tour companies offer more intimate safaris, and with fewer people in your group, it can make getting a good view of the wildlife much more accessible. You will also want to make sure that you have a little bit of luxury at your resort when you return from the safari. After a long day in the sun, the luxuries at your resort will help to ensure that you have a fantastic time on your trip that will give you memories that will last a lifetime.