National parks in Botswana are among Africa’s wildest parks with limited amenities, poor roads little more than tracks in places and huge open spaces where nature reigns supreme. Whilst not actually a national park or reserve, Botswana is renown worldwide for the Okavango Delta region in the north of the country, providing water and supporting an incredible array of African wildlife. All national parks in Botswana are run by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), based in Gabarone, who enforce a strict no driving after dark rule in the parks.
Use the above map to locate national parks in Botswana. Click the safari icons to see more info about each national park and zoom and scroll the map for more details. Read overviews of each Botswana national park below.
Top National Parks in Botswana
Chobe National Park
Botswana’s first national park at 11,000km sq and four distinct eco-systems. There’s easy access for spectacular game viewing from a boat on the Chobe river.
Central Kalahari National Park
Africa’s largest protected area at a whopping 52,000 sq km. Braving the tough conditions in your own 4WD may reward you with viewings of hyena packs and prides of lions in the unforgiving desert.
Makagadikgadi Nzai Pan National Park
Feel the unfettered freedom of driving through the never-ending parched-white salt pans, or plan your trips for the when the rains come and bird life and herd animals abound.
Moremi National Park
The only part of the Okavango Delta that’s officially a national park Moremi covers almost one third of the delta. There’s no public transport so you’ll have to get yourself there…but the trade-off is less tourists to share the wildlife with!
The place where over 18 billion cubic meters annually floods across the flat bushland, bringing it to life and creating islands, channels lagoons and the perfect environment – and protection – for all manner of African wildlife. Although not actually a national park, the Okavango Delta is essentially a huge floodplain, so not developed and a haven for wildlife year-round.
Self drive safaris are a big thing in Botswana, and are popular with overland tours and independent travelers alike. You’ll need a rugged 4WD to access all areas, and be confident that you’re totally self-sufficient if camping on your own in the bush. If this safari style doesn’t appeal then browse our guide to safari tour companies in Botswana to speak to a professional, or read our overview of taking a safari in Botswana.
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