Go on a study trip to Botswana, a country in southern Africa. The economic income of Botswana (Botswana) is based on the development of mineral resources in mining, on meat production and on income from tourism. Botswana is a member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), whose accounting units also de facto require a currency union. Admire the most important cities of Botswana and their attractions such as the capital Gaborone, with the University of Botswana or the Manganese and Astbest mines; the town of Francistown with Makgadikgabi Salt Pans and the Tuli Block with its many wildlife; Maun, an important trading post with the Maun airport reception building and the Chobe National Park or the city of Serowe with various sights such as the Khama III Memorial Museum, the royal cemetery, the tomb of Khama III and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Enjoy a round trip through this unforgettable country!
Chobe National Park
In the north-east of the Republic of Botswana, which lies in the central part of southern Africa, lies the Chobe National Park, one of the country’s four national parks. Founded in the 1960s as the country’s first national park, it has a size of around 10,500 km². Since 2012 it has been part of the world’s second largest transnational nature and landscape protection area, which includes other national parks and reserves in Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Vegetation and structure of the national park
Chobe National Park is named after the river of the same name, which forms the northern boundary of the park. Its quite flat surface is largely covered by a tree and bush savannah, in which no human settlements can be found. Since it includes swampy and flood-affected areas in its northern area along the Chobe River and in the west, it can only be a destination for a trip in the dry season between April and October.
The park entrance is on the northern border of the park near the town of Kasane. The trails through Chobe National Park require the use of 4×4 vehicles. Overnight stays are possible on numerous state-operated, differently equipped campsites or in the luxurious, privately operated Chobe Game Safari Lodge. Advance booking is required for overnight stays in the state camps outside of organized study trips
The wildlife of the national park
The Chobe National Park is best known beyond its national borders for its large herds of elephants. It is currently assumed that there are around 50,000 elephants. Their number, which is far too high for the available space, causes great damage to the fields. Since the relocation of entire herds is not possible, only shooting down part of the herd seems to be the solution.
species found in the park also include lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and Cape buffalo. The species of antelopes found in the park are particularly diverse. In addition to the cow and eland, they include the waterbuck, the great kudu, impala and puku. The extremely shy sitatunga or marsh antelope can be found in the swampy areas, while springboks and spitbuck make their home in the dry zones.
In addition, the national park offers a diverse and colorful world of birds.
The Okavango Delta is located in southern Africa. It is located in northeastern Botswana and is known as the largest inland delta in the world. The area of this delta extends over an area roughly the size of Schleswig-Holstein. This is where the Okavango River meets the Kalahari. The area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014.
The wildlife in the Okavango Delta
Numerous wetlands in the Okavango Delta offer good living conditions for many different animal species. There are rhinos, elephants, hippos and wildebeests here. Leopards, waterbuck, buffalo and lions also live in the Okavango Delta. Numerous other mammal species can also be seen in the Okavango Delta. Endangered species that can be found include wild dogs and cheetahs. Over 400 bird species are represented in the Okavango Delta and can be an important reason for bird lovers to get to know this region as a participant in study trips. Privately organized trips to the Okavango Delta can also be an experience, because there are many other animals to watch. Around 80 species of fish and around 100 different types of dragonflies are among them. The Okavango Delta is because of the animals who live here are also very interesting for safari tourists. Anglers will also find good conditions.
The flora in the Okavango Delta
There is a very diverse flora to observe in this extensive wetland. Around 1300 plant species grow in the Okavango Delta. These include the Makalani palm, the liver sausage tree and the ficus. Papyrus often grows along the canals of the delta. There are also grasslands in some areas of this impressive marshland.
Excursions in the Okavango Delta
Boat trips allow vacationers to explore the region. Sightseeing flights are also offered. From the plane it is possible to see the Okavango Delta from a different perspective, which can be very fascinating. The city of Maun is an important starting point for safaris. It is the largest place in the region.
The Okavango Delta is a fascinating place for nature lovers, which can provide many new impressions and experiences.
If you are traveling in the north-west of Botswana, you cannot avoid the world-famous Okavango Delta. The Abu Camp is a real insider tip for tourists and adventurers in this spectacular swamp landscape. The camp, which is located in the west of the huge delta in the middle of 400,000 hectares of private property, is one of the most important starting points for the famous elephant safaris in the most varied of forms. These are a real must for visitors to the region and are definitely part of the unforgettable holiday experience. The delta, which is considered to be one of the most animal-rich wetlands in the world, can be perfectly explored on the back of an African elephant. In addition to the elephant safaris, numerous other activities are possible in and around the Abu Camp. Guests are integrated into the herd, so to speak, and have the opportunity to gain personal experience interacting with the elephants. Bush walks, night drives, bird watching tours or boat trips on the numerous waterways of the Okavango Delta are also possible here.
Luxurious African style accommodations
The Abu Camp is probably the most famous and at the same time one of the most luxurious camps in the Okavango Delta. It has existed since 1990 and was named after the lead bull of the elephant herd at the time. A total of five luxuriously furnished tents in African style near a river are available as accommodation for tourists. The camp also includes a cozy lounge tent with a bar, a large dining tent and a large pool. Due to the small number of accommodations, only a total of 12 guests can stay in the camp at one time.