Botswana has a diversity of habitats. In the south is the Kalahari covering two thirds of the country and in the north is the renowned Okavango Delta, the jewel of Southern Africa. The delta, fed by the Okavango River opens into a 7,000 square mile wetland, supporting an incredible diversity and abundance of wildlife. Photographers from all parts of the world have established their reputations here in the Delta.
In past years Botswana was divided into hunting blocks but is now restricted to a few concessions on the fringes of the delta and some very good hunting on private land. Many of its most desirable species such as lion, leopard, sable, and sitatunga are no longer on quota but it is still an excellent destination for elephant, cape buffalo, and red lechwe. Twenty percent of Botswana has been set aside for wildlife, as national parks, game reserves or in controlled hunting areas. A few large tracks of land in private ownership provide added first-rate hunting opportunities.
Botswana has been recognized for decades as the best destination for elephant hunting. Hunters are almost guaranteed a good elephant with tusks in the 50-60 pound class. There are a few big tuskers over 80 lbs and the occasional big bull carrying tusks in excess of 100 lbs have been taken over the past few years.
Botswana has always set a high standard of outfitting with very comfortable tented camps, fully staffed with well-trained field staff. The early outfitters in Botswana migrated from Kenya, the home of the original luxury safaris, bringing with them the cream of the professional hunters, namely, Harry Selby, Tony Henley, Soren Lindstrom, Andrew Homberg and several others. It is important to carefully select the right outfitter and Professional Hunter as the quality of hunting varies tremendously dependent on which area you select.
In private hunting areas, such as game ranches in Tuli Block or Kalahari regions, a stipulated hunting season does not apply and you can hunt all year round.
The best time to hunt the private game ranches is March through to September as the climate is most comfortable – dry, warm days and cold nights. Daytime temperatures generally reach 20°C and can drop as low as 5°C at night. From November, the temperature rises and can reach 38°C during the day.
Southern bush duiker
Southern greater kudu