Game Viewing & Drive
Botswana is one of the most sought after safari destinations in Africa with many diverse areas from deserts to lush delta grassland to forest, and a range of animal and bird species to be seen on game drives. Botswana has many parks, reserves and private concessions open to game drives and these all provide different and unique experiences. There is strict control over driving in the official national parks and reserves, with off-roading and night driving prohibited but this does not prevent spectacular sightings as the day drives are very productive.
The private concession areas outside the parks and reserves provide opportunities for off -road driving and night drives although both activities are done in moderation. The highlights of game viewing in Botswana is a high number of predators in many areas; the ability to view animals from up close and pristine wilderness areas that can be enjoyed by using open vehicles for better viewing experience. Lion sightings are common and rare, depending in your location. Rhino tracking can be added to an itinerary on request.
The main event on any safari is the game drives. Botswana is one of the best destinations in Africa to give a wonderful safari experience, particularly, due to the large and diverse numbers of animals and birds and the relatively small number of fellow tourists. All the lodges use open sided 4x4 vehicles with seating for either six or nine people, which means everyone gets great uninterrupted views of the scenery and wildlife. There are no minibuses or enclosed vehicles here, but if you have not been on safari before you may not realise how crucial this is to the overall enjoyment of the experience. Game drives are the main activity at most lodges in Botswana, particularly in the Game Reserves and National park such as Moremi, Tuli area, Chobe and Kalahari National Parks, and you will normally do two per day depending on one’s choice of activity and itinerary.