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Botswana Regions: Names and Descriptions
- Okavango Delta -The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems and is Botswana’s most famous and popular region for safari. Millions of years ago the Delta once flowed into what is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans, but due to activity in the earth’s crust plates uplifted causing a break in the layers of rock interrupting the flow of the river, causing it to backup and create what we see today. This transformation has created an unparalleled system of waterways and channels, that support an extraordinary kingdom of flora and fauna that would have otherwise been a flat, dry grassy desert.
- Linyanti / Selinda -The Linyanti / Selinda concession is a private reserve bordering Chobe National Park’s western boundary. It is an enormous reserve teeming with wildlife, covering an area of 125,000ha (308,000 acres). Visiting the Linyati / Selinda concession area and it’s many varied habitats of dry woodlands and grasslands, marshes, riverine forests and waterways, together with the prolific and diverse wildlife and spectacular scenery, forms a wonderful contrast to the Okavango Delta. Adding this area to your Botswana itinerary should be considered strongly, as it will complement any visit to the region.
- Savuti / Chobe – After the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park is probably Botswana’s most well-known conservation area and is the country’s 2nd largest national park. It covers an area of some 10,566km² and borders the Chobe River in the north down to the Savute Channel and beyond, to the far western reaches of the Moremi Game Reserve and the Delta itself. The wildlife here move in complex, ancient patterns, determined by seasonal rains and food.
- Moremi -The Moremi Game Reserve is considered by many wildlife enthusiasts as one of Africa’s most outstanding wildlife sanctuary’s. It encompasses an area of some 4,871 km², a considerable section of the Okavango Delta and is situated in the central and north-eastern regions of the Delta.
- Nxai Pan -Nxai Pan is an ancient fossilized lake-bed in the Kalahari Desert comprising 40 square kilometers and it is the centerpiece of Nxai Pan National Park. Much of the habitat is open grassland with clusters of umbrella acacia trees and permanent herds of springbok, forming ideal cheetah habitat and indeed this is one of the best locations in Botswana for spotting cheetah. Giraffe often congregate in large numbers with journeys of more than 30 individuals common and this is a dramatic place to witness bull elephants. Very occasionally white rhino are seen, a real rarity in Botswana.
- Central Kalahari Game Reserve-Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is a national park in the Kalahari Desert, situated in the center of Botswana. It was established in 1961 to provide the Bushmen land to which they could survive on. It is 52,800km² in size, and is the 2nd largest game reserve in the world.
- Makgadikgadi -To the south-east of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari Desert is Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, one of Botswana’s lesser known safari regions. It is technically not a single pan as its name suggests, but many pans interrupted with sandy desert in between, the largest being the Sua (Sowa), Ntwetwe and Nxai Pans. The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park area covers some 16,058km².