WWS

Personalized safaris through Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
 

BOTSWANA

Botswana is covered mostly by the Kalahari desert making it a flat, dun coloured, dry, hot country of sandy soils, scantily covered grasslands, rugged woodland savanah with little to no surface water.

The only permanent water sources feeding Botswana are the rivers in the northern region of the country. These rivers, the Okavango and the Chobe, feed the lush and beautiful Okavango Basin, where the Moremi Wildlife Reserves and the Chobe National Park support abundant wildlife. Seasonal rains and annual floods bring a considerable difference to the Okavango Basin and the Makgadikgadi Pans, transforming them into one of the wildest and most beautiful nature reserves in Africa.

  • The Okavango Delta is a myriad of small islands forming the worlds largest delta, spreading over 15 000 square km atop the sands of the vast Kalahari Desert. The Delta is becoming an increasingly popular destination, especially the northeastern segment of the Delta which has been set aside as the Moremi National Park. You will find solitude combined with extreme beauty, it is truly a treasure-house and has often been referred to as a photographer's paradise. The Delta offers visitors a large variety of wildlife (about 36 species of large mammals, 480 species of birds, 80 species of fish and a wealth of flora) however it is not the best place in Africa to see big game, there is plenty there but often hard to find.
  • The Chobe National Park located conveniently to Victoria Falls is a magnificent wilderness rich in game and famous for its huge elephant population, over 70 000. It combines both lush green vegetation sustained by perennial rivers in the north and the more arid central and southern part with scattered waterholes. Although the Chobe's water resources aren't plentiful they are adequate and sustain a marvelous array of animal and bird life. Within the Chobe lies the Savuti "Marsh" famed for its predators, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog.      
  •  The Makgadikgadi Pans is the worlds largest natural salt pan with a hard flat clay surface covering 12 000 square km and forms part of Botswana's Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve and Nxai Pan National Park. It is amazing to think that these pans owe their existence to the natural damming of the early upper Zambezi and Okavango rivers, which once flowed across this land to find their original outlets to the sea. Summer rains full the depression to create the life blood of the wildlife that  flock there during the rainless winter. The general region is in fact hugely rich in game animals and birdlife, which migrate according to the dictates of season and of water and food resources. 
  • Other attractions include the Central Kalahari Game Reserve home to scattered groups of Bushmen, Nxana Village (a traditional Bushmen village) and walks with a Bushman tracker learning the ecology of the region. The Tuli Block is famous for its large herds of Elephant, reputed birdlife and offers the unique experience of viewing these animals on horse back.


Head of state:  Ian Khama

Land Area:      582,000 sq. km

Population:      2.021 million

Capital city:     Gaborone

Climate:           Summer: 19 - 33°C

Winter:            5 - 23°C

Languages:      English, Setswana

Religion:          Indigenous 50%, Christian 50%

Electric Current: 220 volts

Time:   GMT + 2 Hours

Major Industries: Diamonds, copper, nickel, coal, salt, soda ash, potash, livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, pulses, peanuts, beans, cowpeas, sunflower seed and tourism.