The Best Game Reserves in Africa
Africa has an astounding array and diversity of game reserves across the continent, each with something unique to showcase. No two reserves or game viewing experiences are alike, and with different landscapes, wildlife and accommodation, you really are spoilt for choice.
Whether you’re hoping to see the Big 5, looking to experience the greatest fishing in Africa or you’re a fan of birds, Botswana’s game reserves rank highly on our top experiences in Africa.
Wildlife-rich Game Reserves in Botswana
More than 17% of Botswana is devoted to National Parks and protected wildlife areas. Most of the country forms part of the semi-arid Kalahari.
It’s difficult to mention Botswana and not think of the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. The floodwaters of the Okavango form an emerald-coloured oasis of deep-water channels and interconnected waterways over 5000 square miles across. There are few wildlife experiences that beat a mokoro canoe safari in the Okavango or tracking wildlife on islands of dry land from a safari vehicle.
In total juxtaposition to the watery oases of the Okavango, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans offer a different side of Botswana. Nothing rivals the picture of a dust-covered elephant appearing from the heat haze in the early morning light over the expanse of the Makgadikgadi.
A little extra effort is required to reach Botswana’s more remote locations, but this is normally well worthwhile. The abundant plains of the Chobe National Park come alive with the largest concentrations of elephant on earth in the dry season. Game can be tracked from the comfort of an open 4×4 vehicle or on relaxing river cruise with knowledgeable guides.
Botswana is blessed with some of the most beautiful and abundant game reserves in Africa, and thanks to an enlightened tourism policy, it has managed to keep the large crowds of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara at bay. This is particularly true for some of the private concessions, such as the Selinda and Linyanti Game Reserves, located to the north of the Okavango Delta.
Safaris in Botswana
Not only is Botswana a premier wildlife destination on the continent, it is also home to some of the finest luxury lodges and safari camps, making it a popular choice for those looking for a luxury safari in Africa.
Trips to Botswana also pair particularly well with a stay in the Victoria Falls, just across the border in Zimbabwe or Zambia. This makes for a spectacular ending to any Botswana safari.