BOTSWANA - LAND vs WATER
Botswana is a country of vast open space, prolific wildlife and although landlocked between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia, it also boasts one of the largest inland deltas in the world; The Okavango Delta. So the question is. Do you choose a land-based lodge or a water-based lodge for your Botswana Safari experience?
The Kalahari Desert makes up over 70% of Botswana’s land mass while the Okavango Delta stretches over an area approximately 15000 square kilometers and was declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the Africa in 2013.
It’s home to a wide variety of wildlife, some of which stay in the area permanently while some species use it merely as a seasonal home, leaving with the summer rains only to return again as winter approaches. Beside the desert and delta regions, Botswana also has vast tracts of grassland and savanna which attracts animals like the blue wildebeest and other ante-lopes and birds, and it also boasts one of the largest concentration of elephants as well as large packs of the endangered African wild dog.
There is a wide variety of choice of accommodation available in Botswana including campsites, guest houses, luxury lodges, and top class hotels. Whether land-based or water-based each offers travelers a unique perspective on Botswana.
- From the land-based lodges, game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles allow visitors to experience some of Africa’s best Big 5 game viewing opportunities.
- They provide an opportunity to get closer to sightings n Some lodges offer game walks as an alternative to a drive thereby allowing you to experience the bush more intimately
- You get to explore a bigger range of habitats
- Some of the camps allow for off-road exploration
- The downside of a land-based lodge is that many of them don’t offer any water-based activities.