Saturday, 21 November 2015

Botswana the must-see destination for 2016, says Lonely Planet

LONELY PLANET has named #Botswana as its top must-see destination for 2016, describing it as 'wild Africa at its best'.

Seventeen percent of Botswana's land is given over to #conservation, while the jewel in Botswana's crown, the #OkavangoDelta, was officially recognized last year when it was made the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage site.

Botswana majors on low density tourism, with small camps and strict curbs on visitor numbers. The country is often tagged 'the safest destination in Africa', with little poaching or corruption.

Safari specialist Real Africa is delighted to see Botswana's popularity continue to grow, but adds a note of caution: with visitor numbers restricted, people wishing to go in 2016 should book now. 

‘Do not wait until after Christmas to book your safari to Botswana’ says Real Africa's sales director, Paul Hickey Fry. ‘Come the New Year, we will already be looking at availability for 2017. As a general rule you should look to book a full 11 months in advance, just as soon as flight availability is released.’ 

The peak months of September and October 2016, when herds are at their most dramatic, are already showing limited availability while the Green Season months (until March 2016) have been sold out for months following a series of special offers, advises Real Africa.
How to get there

There are no direct flights to Botswana. Most visitors travel via Johannesburg to Maun, the main gateway for the Okavango. The Chobe National Park, a highlight of visits to Botswana, is easily accessed from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Road transfers from the falls to Chobe take approximately three hours.

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Picture Credit:">secretary bird</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">(license),">Nijlpaarden in de Okovango Delta</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">(license)

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