Botswana awaits with an amazing South African experience that you’ll be talking about for a lifetime. Inhabited by around two million people and just smaller than the state of Texas in the US, Botswana may be considered small in size but it certainly makes up for it with plenty of big adventures. Being able to witness the diversity of the wildlife that inhabit Botswana’s deserts, grasslands and savannas is an amazing gift you can receive if you visit any one of the many national parks and game reserves and sanctuaries. The sky is also filled with over 300 different species of birds and if you happen to be watching for any of them around sunrise, you are bound to be awestruck by the picture the sun paints across the horizon as it greets the day ahead.

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Chobe National Park:

Home to a wide diversity of wildlife, Chobe National Park is a true must see. The Chobe River is the most beautiful in the country. It is most famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo. In just one game drive you may see up to 15 different species and over 460 bird species. It has floodplains, swamps, and woodland making it the perfect home for these big game animals.

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Birds:

Most bird sightings occur between September and March when the delta is flush with water. You can still see many of the birds during the dry season too. The national bird of Botswana is the Lilac-breasted Roller but you can also see: Sacred ibis, Egyptian Geese, the ubiquitous cormorants and darters, Spur-winged Geese, pel’s Fishing Owl, carmine Bee-eaters, most members of the kingfisher family, all the rollers, the unmistakable Fish Eagle, the Martial Eagle, and many members of the stork family.

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Savuti Marsh:

The Savuti Marsh in Chobe National Park has some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, no matter what time of year it is. It has lots of elephants (about 120,000!) and they are a favourite among tourists who like to admire them from the water on a sundown safari cruise.

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Bushbuck:

Bushbuck, or African antelope, rely on forest coverage for shelter and food. Watch for these majestic and powerful creatures who are threatened by habitat loss and hunting. They’re native to 40 African countries and can be found in abundance at Chobe National Park.

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As you prepare to explore South Africa, Victoria Falls and Botswana, enjoy a casual dress style and be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes. Lightweight cottons are suggested for shorts, slacks, tee shirts, as well as hats and one warm jacket and/or sweatshirt. It is recommended to bring clothing that may be worn in layers which may be added or removed as the temperature changes.

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The cuisine is sometimes called "rainbow cuisine," as it enjoys a variety of multicultural sources. Eating and drinking in South Africa is a culinary experience not to be missed. Seafood is popular here – particularly red roman, hake, cod, sole, pilchards oysters, mussels, calamari, shrimp and spiny rock lobster – which is called crayfish by locals. Ostrich – a popular meat found on local tables – is cooked with a variety of methods from stewing and filleting to grilling as well.

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In this region, you’ll find a plethora of cultural products like carvings of animals made of soap stone, ebony, or other woods; wooden masks, bowls, jewellery and chess sets; jewellery made of precious stones like diamonds and semi-precious stones such as malachite, tanzanite, lapis and topaz; native art paintings, murals and sculptures; safari clothing; and tie-dyed prints of animals.

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