Underone Botswana Sky

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Botswana is one of the safest countries to visit in Africa and a world-class safari destination. 

Almost half of Botswana’s land has been allocated as protected wilderness and national parks, so animal life abounds. Let’s make the trip of your wildest dreams come true!  

What to expect on a Botswana safari 

English is the official language of Botswana, but most people you meet also speak Setswana. Greet them in local lingo by saying, ‘Dumela!’    

Chobe’s spectacular elephant concentrations are astonishing, and the Makgadikgadi’s magic scenery captivates with its endless sun-scorched plains. Combine them into one contrasting journey, and Botswana delivers the adventure of a lifetime because the sheer variety is hard to beat.  

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Why should I visit Nata?

Your chances of photographing dazzles of zebra, snorting gnus and speedy ostriches are virtually guaranteed in the golden grasslands of the Nata Bird Sanctuary. Still, the phenomenal Makgadikgadi landscapes make it a most memorable getaway.  

 Nata Lodge is a favourite Makgadikgadi lodge with a peaceful palm-studded poolside and easy access to the Nata Bird Sanctuary for an unforgettable salt pan sunset. 

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What can I see in Chobe?

Visit Chobe National Park and behold the breathtaking Chobe River. The second-largest park in Botswana is renowned for its outstanding game viewing all year round and one of the highest concentrations of wild elephants anywhere in Africa. Admire the buffalo herds, endless elephant parades and hippos chewing on the soft grass on an unforgettable sedate sundowner boat cruise.   

 From Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane, it’s a short hop across the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to feel the spray of the mighty Mosi-Oa-Tunya. Victoria Falls was first known by this title in the local indigenous Tonga language and translated to “the smoke that thunders.

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Learn more about Botswana 

Home to just over two million people, Botswana is one of the world’s most sparsely populated nations but rich in culture, minerals, pristine wildlife and dramatic scenery.   

This landlocked country sits in the southern part of Africa and is neighboured by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Gaborone is the capital, but travellers to Chobe are more likely to pass through the town of Kasane (pronounced ‘kas-sar-nee’).  

Botswana has a robust economy (particularly in relation to many other African countries), and the national currency is called the Pula, which also means rain in Setswana. However, the US dollar, British pound and Euro are accepted at Chobe Safari Lodge and Nata Lodge.  

What is the best way of getting to Botswana?

Most flights from outside Africa reach Botswana by connecting from South Africa via Johannesburg. However, connecting flights are also available from Cape Town, Victoria Falls and Windhoek in Namibia.   

Chobe is close to three international airports. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Livingstone in Zambia and Kasane right here in Botswana lies just a 10-minute drive from Chobe Safari Lodge.  

Self-driving through Chobe National Park or Moremi Game Reserve further south is not to be underestimated. Drivers will tackle rough sand trails and seasonal water crossings when navigating from the Okavango Delta, but the rewards of independent travel are rich!  

Travelling by car allows precious freedom to camp as the safari pioneers once did or sit with the hundred-strong elephant herds of Chobe for hours if you please. Take the underrated back routes and visit the hidden treasures that are more challenging to reach by flight, such as the Nata Bird Sanctuary. Nata Lodge is a straightforward four-hour journey by tarred highway from Chobe Safari Lodge.  

Self-drive tips for Botswana

Avoid driving at night and drive with caution. Wayward cattle, donkeys, elephants and other animals roam the roads of Botswana. You might even see a herd on the tarred highways!  

Always stop at the official veterinary fence boundaries and highway gates. It’s illegal to move select fresh produce and raw animal products from wilderness areas (mainly in the north) to rural areas (mostly in the south). You will also be expected to disinfect your shoes and stamp them in a sanitising station to stop the potential spread of foot and mouth disease. 

The tap water in towns is typically safe to drink, but probably not what you’re used to, which can cause gut troubles. The tap water is filtered at all tourist lodges, and bottled water is widely available.  

Malaria is present in Botswana and widespread in the north. Consult your doctor about the latest anti-malaria precautions and apply insect repellent during the safari.