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

200-120
210-260
200-310
SY0-401
810-403
300-320
400-101
70-533
N10-006
MB2-707
200-120
210-260
200-310
SY0-401
810-403
300-320
400-101
70-533
N10-006
MB2-707
210-060
400-201
350-018
ADM-201
CISSP
1Z0-060
400-051
300-075
MB2-704
100-101
9L0-012
642-999
300-115
MB5-705
70-461
1V0-601
300-206
352-001
70-486
300-135
NS0-157
PR000041
300-101
70-346
CCA-500
70-480
810-403
200-120
CISSP
300-320
350-018
300-101
210-260
300-208
MB2-707
400-201
SY0-401
70-462
EX200
100-101
1Z0-803
9L0-012
70-480
200-310
EX300
ICBB
1Z0-808
AWS-SYSOPS
1Z0-434
300-070
CAS-002
352-001
1V0-601
CAS-002
352-001
1V0-601
220-801
N10-006
642-999
SSCP
PMP
642-997
300-115
70-410
101-400
ITILFND
642-997
300-115
70-410
101-400
ITILFND
300-075
AX0-100
400-051
2V0-621
70-486
MB5-705
102-400
101
1Z0-067
200-120
CISSP
400-101
810-403
300-320
210-060
300-070
210-260
300-075
300-101
NSE4
EX200
300-115
100-101
ADM-201
200-120
CISSP
400-101
810-403
300-320
210-060
300-070
210-260
300-075
300-101
NSE4
EX200
300-115
100-101
ADM-201
N10-006
ICBB
NSE7
70-483
810-403
200-120
400-101
CISSP
300-320
350-018
300-101
210-260
300-208
MB2-707
400-201
SY0-401
70-462
EX200
100-101
1Z0-803
9L0-012
70-480
200-310
EX300
ICBB
MB3-701
MB3-859
MB3-860
MB3-861
MB3-862
MB4-198
MB4-211
MB4-212
MB4-213
MB4-217
MB4-218
MB4-219
MB4-348
MB4-349
200-120
CISSP
400-101
810-403
300-320
210-060
300-070
210-260
300-075
300-101
NSE4
EX200

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!

Okavango Delta

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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