Botswana is one of the best travel destinations in Africa because of the vast beauty, culture, and wildlife it has to offer. A visit to Botswana promises to be filled with unforgettable experiences and colorful memories. If Botswana is on your travel bucket list, here are some of the top things to see when visiting this incredible country!
Chobe National Park
This is one of the most beautiful wildlife destinations in Africa. It covers an area of 11000 sq.km and is home to an impressive population of elephants and other exquisite wildlife. There are three wildlife watching areas in Chobe which make an escape to this park perfect for the whole family.
This baobab-filled island is surrounded by a sea of salt but was once inhabited by hippos and humans. The island is now a protected national monument and is well-known for its crescent-shaped stone wall and natural beauty.
The Okavango Delta
When in Botswana, you absolutely need to visit the Okavango Delta situated in northern Botswana. It is famous for its sprawling lush plains and bounty of wildlife including lions, leopards, and giraffe. If you’re up for a taste of adventure, rent dugout canoes and navigate past hippos, elephants, and crocodiles.
The Moremi Wildlife Reserve
If you haven’t heard about this place before, it’s the largest inland delta on the planet and is located in the center of the Okavango Delta. The Reserve is full of exotic birds, the big five, wildebeests, giraffes and hippos and a number of lagoons that present perfect wildlife-watching opportunities.
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Well, then this place is for you! The Caverns are located among the sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert and consist of two stories of caves that are filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. A day spent at this spot will have you exploring a labyrinth of caverns and pits, passages and coloured flowstones.
This National Monument consists of a large slab of sandstone pierced by two deep holes and engravings. Legend has it that the first ancestor of the Batswana, Matsieng – a giant, one-legged man, climbed out of one hole, followed by his people, their domestic animals, and wildlife.
Mountain Biking at the Mashatu Game Reserve
Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or a novice cyclist, you need to visit the Mashatu Game Reserve. You’ll have the chance to explore the beautiful landscape, watch elephants pass by and take some of the most beautiful photographs.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pan
The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is a stark, flat, featureless terrain that stretches an area of 12 000 sq km’s. It is part of the Kalahari Basin and is one of the largest salt pans in the world. Africa’s most famous explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, crossed these pans in the 19th century, guided by a massive baobab, Chapman’s Tree which is believed to be 3 000 to 4 000 years old, and the only landmark for hundreds of miles around. Visiting this tree will take you back to a time of true exploration.
The Linyanti Wetlands are home to large populations of elephants and big cats. It is the ideal place for travelers wanting to spend a few nights camping in the desert amid exotic wildlife. The best time to visit the wetlands is between the months of July to October.
This is no ordinary lake. Lake Ngami is famous for its mysterious disappearance soon after it was discovered by Dr. David Livingstone in the year 1849. It then only to reappear towards the end of the 19th century. This pattern has continued over the years, and the lake reappeared once again in the year 2000. Visit it soon before it decides to disappear again!
Tsodilo Hills is a rare and unique place with an atmosphere of intrigue, mystery, and spiritualism. It is believed to be the site of first Creation by the Bushmen who painted more than 3500 rock paintings against the magnificent stone faces of the hills.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Affording the opportunity to see both black and white rhino – as well as an abundance of other wildlife species – the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is an ideal stopover for tourists traveling by road to Botswana’s northern reserves or for a peaceful weekend getaway.
This is the oldest town in Botswana and the second largest in the country. Francistown was originally built as a gold-rush town in the 19th century. The main sights in the town include the Supa Ngwao Museum and Birds and Game Botswana which is a refuge for orphaned wild animals.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers a true African wilderness. Incredible grasslands engulf you by day while the skies at night are scattered with stars. The rain in summer brings about countless wild animals including massive herds of animals like wildebeest and springbok.
If you’re a nature lover, then Gweta is worth visiting. This area is named after the frogs that live in the area. They hide in the sand until it rains and they can emerge from their sandy slumber.
Botswana is a landlocked country defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. It offers tourists and locals some of the best views and most breathtaking encounters with the African Wilderness. If it isn’t already at the top of your bucket list – it should be!