It's one thing to read about elephants in a textbook or magazine, but seeing them up close and personal offers a whole new perspective. Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana is home to the largest concentration of elephants on the planet. Visitors quickly learn that these beasts are not only peaceful, but graceful as well.
Just a short drive from Botswana's capital, the Moremi Game Reserve delights visitors of all ages. Here explorers can witness giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, buffalo, hyenas, lions, and more. Bird watchers won't leave Moremi disappointed either; a wide range of fowl including eagles can be viewed here.
In the Moremi Game Reserve, families on a safari can also venture through the Okavango Delta, the world's largest swamp. Because of the great amount of water in this region, the place teems with wildlife and delights visitors of all ages. For an unforgettable experience, those with a sense of adventure can hire a guide to guide to navigate them through the various waterways in a Mokoro canoe.
These family safaris also allow everyone to see hippopotamuses, crocodiles, and other wet loving creatures with unrivaled views by taking a cruise along the Chobe River. A number of tours through Chobe National Park include boat rides up and down this famed stretch of real estate.
For optimal wildlife viewing, Botswana is best gazed upon in the dry season, which runs from May to October. During this time of year, the widest variety of animals is likely to be seen congregating near water.
Many Botswana family safaris actually finish up in adjacent Zimbabwe with a tour of Victoria Falls National Park. This region of Zimbabwe is perfectly safe to visit. And, a trip to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World gives even the most season traveler a reason to boast. Travelers visiting this park also stroll within arms' reach of monkeys that roam footpaths searching for a free handout.
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