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Finding the Big Five in Botswana

Spotting the Big Five on an African safari is a quint-essential travel experience when visiting this dynamic continent. Visitors travel from far and wide to see these magnificent beasts in action. Botswana is one of the most fertile and abundant destinations in Africa, making in an ideal location to witness these incredible animals in their natural habitat. To find the Big Five in Botswana, all you have to do is visit the world-class National Parks, and we’ve highlighted two of best to give you an idea what’s on offer.

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Chobe National Park
Known for its high concentration of elephant and buffalo, the Chobe National Park is one of the world’s finest safari destinations. With awe-inspiring scenery and the largest continuous elephant population in Africa, Chobe is ideal for getting a glimpse of the illustrious Big Five.

The 12000 square kms of National Park is home to a number of wildlife species and the diverse ecosystems that they call home. From dry plains, and luscious grasslands, to swamps and even densely wooded areas, Chobe National Park has it all. A trip to Chobe is never in vain, since the Savuti marsh is home to an array of wildlife that can be seen all year round. While sightings of rhino are rare, they are present and there’s a good chance you’ll get to spot them amid the exceptional scenery. Whether it’s a boat cruise along the Chobe River, or a guided safari through the diverse shrubbery, a safari trip to Chobe National Park will all but disappoint.

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Still looking for top-notch accommodation near the Chobe National Park? Cresta Mowana Lodge is a luxury Botswana safari lodge within an easy proximity to the park gates. Don’t hesitate, book your Botswana safari experience today, by emailing , calling +27 11 881 1200 or visiting the Cresta Hotels website.

Moremi Game Reserve:
A trip to Moremi Game Reserve is a trip into the very heart of Africa. This community-initiated Game Reserve makes up the only officially protected part of the Okavango Delta, which is known to be one of the most diverse habitats on the African continent.

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Like Chobe, all the Big 5 are present at Moremi. This is a relatively new distinction, that came with a recent reintroduction of Black and White rhino to the area. Despite these shy animals being rare to spot, the game viewing at Moremi is nothing short of spectacular, with over 400 species of bird and an extraordinary concentration of game, not to mention a picture perfect landscape in every direction you look.

In 2008, Moremi Game Reserve was voted the Best Game Reserve in Africa by African Travel and Tourism Association, and it still holds all the same qualifiers that won it its title. To ensure a relaxing, game-packed getaway to Botswana, don’t miss out on Moremi Game Reserve.

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Cresta Riley’s offers unparalleled Botswana accommodation near the Okavango Delta. Book now to secure your African safari experience by calling +27 11 881 1200, or emailing

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