Botswana is one of the most sought-after safari destinations in Africa, with many diverse areas from deserts to lush delta grassland to forest ecosystems 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. However, this does not prevent spectacular sightings as day drives are very equally exciting. Private concession areas outside the parks and reserves provide opportunities for off-road driving and night drives. However, both activities are done in moderation. The highlight of game viewing in Botswana is the large number of predators in many areas. Viewing animals up-close in a pristine wilderness setting can be a thrilling and unforgettable experience, enjoyed from the safety of open vehicles lead by experienced, trained guides.
The main event on any safari is the game drive. Botswana is one of Africa's best destinations experience this fantastic safari activity, 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 excellent uninterrupted views of the scenery and wildlife. As game drives are the main activity at most lodges in Botswana, you can typically take two per day, depending on your activity schedule and itinerary.