Botswana is one of the best destinations to go to for an awesome safari holiday. The country, which is bordered by South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, has one of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world, the Okavango Delta which is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin, where you can experience big game, lush vegetation and natural beauty at its best.
Learn more about the inhabitants of Southern Africa with the exploration of rock painting and villages of the San people as well as the Hambukushu at the the Tsodilo Hills.
Places to Visit
Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 11 700 square km. Whether arriving by air or road, the first glimpse of the river – deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain – is always breathtaking. It appears as a swathe of brilliant, peacock blue ribbon, winding its way through the tiny town of Kasane, and ensuing wilderness – the Chobe National Park.
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
For nature and wildlife lovers, Mokolodi is the closest excursion from Gaborone that offers a wide variety of activities for the entire family. Wildlife resident in the reserve include kudu, warthog, duiker, giraffe, steenbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, gemsbok, ostrich, impala, springbok, waterbuck, baboons, vervet monkeys, mountain reedbuck, eland, bushbuck and leopard. A highly successful white rhino reintroduction and breeding programme now puts the white rhino population in the reserve at eight.
With one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world, Tsodilo has been called the ”Louvre of the Desert”. Tsodilo Hills consist of a quartzite outcrop just 40 kilometres west of the main road, standing like a beacon in the otherwise flat surrounding Kalahari sandveld. Archaeological evidence discovered amongst the remains of villages here, including pottery, stone tools and simple jewellery, indicates that various groups used the hills as a trading post, stop-over point and place of abode from as long ago as 100 000 years.
Botswana National Museum
Greater Gaborone has a number of small museums exhibiting various aspects of Botswana’s cultural heritage. The Museum has registered and documented over 100 000 artifacts, 40 000 insect specimens and 20 000 slides; it houses priceless paintings and original historical photos. It has held over 300 local and international exhibitions and gazetted a number of national monuments. Colourful indoor and outdoor permanent displays chronicle the flora, fauna and cultures of Botswana.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community-based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the rhinoceros. Affording the opportunity to see both black and white rhino – as well as an abundance of other wildlife species – the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (KRS) is a delightful stopover for tourists travelling by road to Botswana’s northern reserves, or an ideal weekend getaway for Gaborone or Francistown visitors or residents.
The Okavango Delta is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries on Earth. Its extraordinary range of habitats are home to great herd of antelopes, zebra, buffalo and elephants, hippos and crocs – who rule the waterways – and lions, leopards, cheetahs and all the other carnivores which prosper in this safari paradise.
Activity highlights of the Okavango Delta include being poled in a mokoro (dugout canoe) through lagoons crammed with water lilies and hippos, tracking big game on foot, peaceful fishing excursions, exceptional wildlife watching, abundant birdlife and exquisite thatched lodges and tented camps– both land and water based – which are amongst the very best that the African Continent has to offer.
Where to Stay in Botswana
Botswana offers an array of accommodation for tourists, ranging from luxury lodges to budget guesthouses and camping grounds. Stay at the &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp from only $960 per person per night and the Chobe Game Lodge at the Chobe National Park.
For more information on accommodation, visit the Botswana Tourism website. Visa requirements should be checked with Botswana embassies, consulates travel agents before departure. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required from visitors from areas infected with yellow fever.
A drive to Gaborone from Johannesburg covers 374km should you opt to travel by road, and a flight from Windhoek to Gaborone can be booked via Air Namibia.