Botswanaby Chris McIntyre
Botswana Safari Guide – Expert travel tips and information on everything from Maun highlights to safaris and itineraries, wildlife identification and walking tours. This guide also includes lodges and camps, the Okavango Delta, birdwatching, Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari and Moremi Game reserves, Victoria Falls and Tsodilo Hills.
Published: 05th Jul 2018
About this book
This new edition of Bradt’s Botswana remains the only full-blown, standalone guide to one of Africa’s most popular and rewarding safari destinations. Acclaimed by tour operators and travel writers alike, this is the only guide to focus on the most popular tourist areas of Botswana: the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and the Northern Kalahari, and this new edition includes a new full-colour wildlife guide, backed up by detailed flora and fauna information for each safari area.
Fully updated accommodation options, from top lodges in the Okavango Delta to small guesthouses (including many new to this edition) are also included, as are detailed maps, comprehensive GPS coordinates (invaluable to self-drivers) and coverage of Livingstone and the Victoria Falls – ideal as an add-on trip to a safari in Botswana
With this guide, explore one of the world’s most stunning wildlife destinations, read up on superb safari lodges, from traditional tented camps to those offering five-star luxury and top-class cuisine, and make the most of the excellent birding (with almost 600 species identified). Also included are details of how to arrange mobile safaris around the national parks and reserves with your own guide, often staying in private campsites; boat cruises on the Chobe River, where herds of elephant cross every evening; and when and how to view one of the great gatherings of zebra on the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Botswana’s wilderness is pristine. The permanent waters of the Okavango Delta attract year-round wildlife, now including all the ‘big five’ – the rhinos are back thanks to a successful re-introduction programme. Spreading out from the Delta, Botswana has tremendous variety, from the arid Kalahari to lush, well-watered forest glades and the broad Chobe River. And then there’s Botswana’s rich history, from the ancient rock paintings at the Tsodilo Hills, to Stone Age arrowheads on the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Written and updated by experts, Bradt’s Botswana is the definitive companion to discovering this enchanting destination.
About the Author
Chris McIntyre went to Africa in 1987, after reading physics at Queen’s College, Oxford. He taught with VSO in Zimbabwe for almost three years and travelled around extensively, mostly with a backpack. In 1990 he co-authored the UK’s first guidebook to Namibia and Botswana, published by Bradt, before spending three years as a shipbroker in London.
Since then, Chris has concentrated on what he enjoys most: Africa. He wrote the first guidebook to Zambia for Bradt in 1996, the first edition of their Namibia guide in 1998 and this Botswana guide in 2003; he also co-authors guides to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Whilst keeping these guidebooks up-to-date, his day job is managing director of Expert Africa – a specialist tour operator which organises high-quality trips throughout Africa for individual travellers from around the world, including a very wide range of trips to Botswana. This also includes the Wild about Africa programme of small guided groups through Botswana.
Chris maintains a keen interest in development and conservation issues, acting as advisor to various NGOs and projects associated with Africa. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and contributes photographs and articles to various publications. Now based in Surrey, Chris and his wife, Susan, still regularly travel and research in Africa.
Chris can usually be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
‘There can be few people better qualified to write a travel guide on Botswana than Chris McIntyre…Like all good guide books, this is packed with all kinds of practical and wide-ranging advice – from driving near elephants to maps with GPS references and how to shake hands Botswana style….What’s more, even the nuts-and-bolts sections are well-written and make enjoyable reading. In particular, the region-by-region chapters on the country’s reserves, camps and lodges had me longing to jump on the first plane to Maun. Each area is painstakingly described – clearly the result of meticulous first-hand research…If you can take only one book to Botswana, make sure it’s this one.’
‘Gives a complete coverage of this unique ecosystem and its bird and plant life.’
NHBS (Natural History Book Services)
‘The definitive guide for wildlife enthusiasts.’
‘A good overview of the parks’ – Wanderlust
‘…excellent companion for your Okavango trip.’