Botswana is the most beautiful and wonderful African destinations, particularly famous for its exotic and unmatched blend of tourism, wildlife and culture. The country provides the one-stop destination for wildlife lovers and eco-tourists, offering its diverse combination of beautiful landscapes and some of the biggest populations of different species of wildlife found in Africa. Botswana has many cultural and historical heritages but the national parks are considered the most popular places to visit. Here is list of prominent places to see while having Botswana holiday.
Gaborone – Being the capital city of Botswana, Gaborone offers a judicious mixture of traditional African style and modern western sensibilities. On the streets, you can find quality restaurants and shops to enjoy your time there. You can visit the National Museum and Art Gallery to explore Botswana’s history and culture.
Also, visiting to nearby reserves could be a great fun too. Okavango Delta – It is one of the famous attractions of Botswana, offering a well-developed network of channels, islands and lagoons. Being the largest inland delta in the world, the delta is spread in around 1500 kilometers. You can visit the Moremi Wildlife reserve to see numbers of elephant, zebra, hippo and giraffe. People interesting in bird get to see thousands of species represented in the delta.
Chobe National Park – This Park comprises of the greatest wildlife variety in the country. The park touches the borders with Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. You can enjoy game and boat cruises here.
Francis Town – It is originally a gold mining center and situated on the north eastern direction of Botswana. You can easily spot shops, banks and restaurants equipped with all modern facilities.
Botswana safari are the best way to explore the distinct identity of this African nation opening its arms for tourists interested in wildlife and culture. Come and feel the hospitality of this warm country, I am sure you will be amazed.
Top Places to Go
The incredible scenery and wildlife of the Okavango Delta make safaris in Botswana some of the best in the world. Of course, there is far more to Botswana than just its famous delta and I’m going to introduce you to this amazing country by looking at five specific areas.
- The Okavango Delta
- Chobe National Park
- Magkadigkadi Salt Pans
- The Kalahari Desert
- Tuli Block
In most cases, you can visit several of these in the course of your trip. Before we begin to explore each of these areas, here are two points to note.
1) The majority of safaris in Botswana form part of more extensive tours which also include game viewing in neighboring countries such as Zambia and Namibia.
2) Botswana is the perfect destination for canoe safaris and very popular for horse riding safaris.
You will need to be a fit, confident, experienced rider with a secure seat if you take to the saddle, as much of the riding is fast and some of the wildlife dangerous.
Some trips include walking safaris.
So let’s find out what delights await those considering safaris in Botswana.
The Okavango Delta
This immense river delta is one of the largest in the world; a vast inland network of lagoons and water-filled channels encircling a myriad of islands covered in rich vegetation. Created by the run-off from the rain soaked highlands of Angola to the north-west, it is subject to seasonal changes in water level which give rise to a variety of landscapes and habitats.
Chobe National Park
To the north-east of the Okavango Delta, on the border with Zambia, is Chobe National Park. It has the greatest diversity of ecosystems of all the game reserves and one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa, hence, it is another key destination for safaris in Botswana.
Magkadigkadi Salt Pans
To show you a very different landscape, safaris in Botswana often include a visit to the Magkadigkadi Salt Pans to the south of Chobe. A desolate, shimmering, arid wilderness for most of the time, when the rains arrive, the area comes alive with herds of migrating zebra and wildebeest.
The Kalahari Desert
This is where you really enter the domain of the San bushmen of the Kalahari.
They have perfected the art of survival in one of the most inhospitable regions of the world.
The Kalahari, which covers about two-thirds of Botswana, is not a classic sandy desert but is composed of dry grassland, salt pans and acacia forests.
It has two main game reserves and the one you are most likely to visit is the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in the northern region of the country.
There is a surprising diversity of wildlife here with lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, wildebeest and several large species of antelope to be found, although numbers are much lower than in wetter areas.
If it is the Meerkat that charms you, then this is definitely a place to include in your itinerary.
They are often undaunted by human presence so close encounters with these cheeky, playful creatures are a real possibility.
The Tuli Block is a narrow wedge of land in the east of Botswana, squeezed between Zimbabwe to the north and South Africa to the south.
Although it offers great game viewing, it features less regularly on safaris as it is isolated from the main safari region in the north of the country .
It is, however, very popular for horse riding safaris, the reason I mention it here.
There are opportunities for both centre-based riding in several of the excellent game reserves as well a trail rides with wilderness camping.
As with all African safari destinations, there is lots of variety.
You could find yourself sleeping in lodges (basic or luxury), hotels, guest houses, on a houseboat or camp site (wilderness, basic or luxury).
So if you have a strong preference, choose your trip carefully.
Choosing your holiday
To help you find exactly what you are looking for, I have categorized some of the Adventure Travel Companies listed below.
I am also in the process of sourcing good local companies and will add them to the right hand column as I find them.
I have already mentioned that a high percentage of trips covering safaris in Botswana venture into neighboring countries.
I should also tell you that Botswana is included in many extended overland journeys in Africa (of 1 to 9 months duration), on which safaris feature widely.
All this means that there are plenty of options and there are certainly some superb holidays out there awaiting your discovery.