CALL OF THE BOTSWANA
CALL OF THE BOTSWANA - WORLD’S AWE – INSPIRING WILDLIFE SAFARI DESTINATION.
Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, spreading over an area of 602,957 Sq.km. For those who have the tug of wilderness , Botswana is the only amazing wildlife safari destination to be rummaged. Declared as a National Park in 1967, Botswana is undoubtedly Africa’s finest and largest wildlife country, which is similar in size to France with a population of over two million people. This truly amazing, more appropriately to be called as appalling, wildlife destination has the continent’s largest populations of big herbivores such as elephants and buffaloes. In other words, Botswana is synonymous with prolific animal life and huge sprawling open spaces. About eighty per cent of the country is covered by the semi-arid Kalahari Desert. Chobe in Botswana is known as one of the locations of high density of wildlife and abundant flora.This is because of the Chobe River having its perennial waters and also due to the sprawling Okavango Delta that create a lush swathe of greenery attracting wild animals in countless numbers from the surrounding desert region during the long spells of dry season.
No wonder, Botswana is also described as African Eaden owing to its reckoning as the world’s greatest and indisputable wildlife safari destination , where wildlife viewing can be experienced in its full thrill, splendor and pleasantness , more ideally in the dry season. This is the season, when countless elephant families start coming to the grassy floodplains around Chobe River in search of food and water . The elephants coming to this grassy floodplains in huge numbers are also followed by vast herds o f buffaloes .Here the Chobe River will become the cynosure of all the visiting tourists from different countries, when countless elephants and herds of buffaloes pound their way to the floodplains to bask in the water . It will be also very delightful to watch the sunbathing hippos and gigantic crocodiles. No denying the fact, that this is one of the greatest game parks in Africa.
There are also other animals visiting Chobe River and its vast area carpeted by the lush green grass. The giraffes do not generally leave their wooded habitat and wander across the wilderness like other animals , unless they are badly in need of water to drink and quench their thirst. When water for survival is most needed in the dry season, giraffes too leave their habitat from among the wooded surroundings and venture out in to the Chobe Floodplains. In the dry winter months, Okhavango delta swells up three-fold its size with water and abundant grazing facilities in the Chobe floodplains that attract the animals. The Chobe river provides daily game drives interspersed with thrilling boat cruises . When the first rains lash,more new comers keep on coming to the Chobe floodplains that includes tiny warthog piglets and gangly impala lambs.
Away from Chobe, there is another perennial river called Kavango, which curls and meanders its way through a parched wasteland, finally emptying its waters into a gigantic pan – shaped delta and further journeys across the terrain, transforming the desert into a verdant oasis. Botswana, locally known as the river that never joins the sea, has its fresh water ocean deep in the interior part of the desert with teeming wildlife.Those, who land at Pom Pom Airstrip on their visit to Botswana, can check into a lodge surrounded by beautiful palm-peppered landscape and grunting hippos. There is camping facility at Nxabega Okavango tented camp. Naxabega means place of the giraffe and it consists of nine East African – style safari tents alongside Moremi Game Reserve abounding in wildlife.
Okavango Delta , comprising a maze of complex network of shallow reed – fringed channels, papyrus –chocked swamps, grassy floodplains and lagoons with islands scattered here and there, holds an astonishing abundance of rich wildlife ! To enjoy this wondrous wildlife viewing to your greatest pleasure, a safari in an open – sided four wheeler along the lush greenery in the floodplains will be the most ideal choice as that will thoroughly enable you to have an opportunity to imbibe the panoramic scenes and exotic avifauna.
Apart from Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Crocodiles , Impala and Zebras, it is also home to Wilddog, Rhino, Tsessebe, Bushbuck, Chacma Baboon, Bushbaby, Fruit bats , Red Lechwe, and Waterbuck etc.A boat trip up the Boro Channel can fill you with excitement, as buffaloes can be sighted moving in larger herds numbering 200 – 3000 at a time. Buffaloes moving in smaller group of 5 – 10 can also be seen. A large buffalo can weigh as much as 800 Kg. and stands 1.4 m. to the shoulder.The best season to view the wildlife at its peak is the dry winter time starting from June to October .There is no dearth of operators catering to the needs of the wildlife enthusiasts in Botswana. The wildlife enthusiasts can also have luxurious safari camps, which are scattered throughout Northern Botswana.Now the safari season is round the corner. Contact us for planning and arranging your exciting trip to Botswana to unlock the mysteries of the wildlife there !
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