If you’re searching for Africa’s last Eden, look no further than Botswana. Punted as one of the premier wildlife destinations on the planet, Botswana has it all; from its stark and contrasting landscape of the Kalahari Desert to the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta, there are a myriad of natural attractions waiting to be explored. Botswana offers exceptional natural scenery which at times are best viewed and accessed by 4×4 vehicles.
This southern African land-locked country is only slightly bigger than France, making it a great 4×4 destination. As you venture through Botswana by road, the dramatic scenery changes from arid plains and rolling ochre dunes to emerald green wetlands and waterways dotted with forested islands in the expansive Okavango Delta. Botswana is a mystical realm with unforgettable beauty, all begging to be explored via 4×4.
If this sounds all too alluring and an off-road adventure in Botswana has pushed its way onto your bucket list, make sure that you hire a reliable and well maintained all-terrain vehicle from Drive Africa. Not only does Drive Africa boast the unique offering of 4×4 rentals but they can also assist you with Cross Border Entry into Botswana.
Here are five unforgettable destinations in Botswana which are great for exploring from the comfort of your 4×4:
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park boasts one of the highest concentrations of game on the continent, covering an expanse of over 10,000 square kilometres. The Chobe River winds through the reserve, bringing with it its life-giving waterways, supporting a diversity of wildlife. The Chobe River is famously known for attracting large herds of elephants of up to a hundred or more individuals who converge at the river to drink and cool down from the hot African sun.
Known as the jewel of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta evokes scenes of spectacular beauty deep within the Kalahari Basin. The largest inland delta in the world is home to an astounding array of wildlife, with a recent overview revealing over 122 species of mammals, 71 species of fish, 64 species of reptiles, 44 species of birds and 1,300 species of flowering plants, making this a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Whether you are cruising the papyrus-fringed waterways in a traditional mokoro boat or watching lions stalk their prey from your 4×4 in the reserve, one thing is for certain – you’ll be hard pressed to leave the Okavango without a deep appreciation for the rich natural splendour.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Central Kalahari Game Reserve holds the distinction of being the second largest wildlife reserve in the world as well as the most remotely situated reserve in southern Africa. Wide empty salt pans and golden-hued grasslands that seem to melt seamlessly into the horizon provides visitors to the reserve with an immediate sense of unending space. The landscape is dominated by acacias and interspersed with grasslands, salt pans and shallow fossil rivers with game such as springbok, wildebeest, eland and giraffe sparsely distributed throughout the reserve. Make sure to include a drive to Sunday and Leopard Pans, Passarge Valley, Piper’s Pan and the northern reaches of Deception Valley. Experience travelling through untouched wilderness and seemingly unending landscapes of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve for an adventure of a lifetime.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
The expansive 37,000 square kilometre reserve is shared by South Africa and Botswana as a protected conservation area. Wildlife roam freely through the reserve unrestricted by border fences, ensuring the continued use of ancient migration routes which are pertinent for the survival of wildlife populations in this desert landscape. The main areas to explore within the reserve are the Nossop River Valley, the wilderness trails located along the South African/ Botswana border and the north eastern reaches of the reserve which was formerly known as the Mabuasehube Game Reserve. Well-equipped 4×4’s such as those available from Drive Africa are required for the rough, sandy roads found in the reserve.
Moremi Game Reserve
The crown jewel in Botswana’s conservation crown, the Moremi Game Reserve, was established by local residents who were concerned by the depletion of wildlife on their ancestral lands. Situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta, here land and delta meet to create a spectacular preserve of floodplains which attract a plethora of birdlife and wild game. Make sure to visit Chief’s Island and Moremi’s Tongue while exploring the reserve as they boast some of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent.