Botswana is the Jewel of Southern Africa, with its diverse ecosystems, its extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities and friendly nature. Here are some of the many reasons to visit Botswana.
The Okavango Delta
Guided by a professional Poler, you can take a trip in a dugout canoe. Lie back and drink in the scenery as you glide amongst waterways, brushing past overgrown reeds while you keep a look out for a nearby hippo, lion, hyena, elephant or one of the many other animals who make the Delta their home. For a truly unique and utterly relaxing experience, take a Mokoro ride at sunset.
Chobe National Park
Although there are never an guaranteed sightings, Chobe National Park is one of the best places to see wildlife in Southern Africa. Creeping around corners, between bush and beneath Acacia trees, elephants are common while the hippo can be seen making its way back to the river after a night of grazing in the safety of the darkness. Given that animals are most active in the half-light of morning, it is best to begin before sunrise in order to reach the park interior when lions, hyena, cheetah and other predators are hunting for prey.
Moremi Game Reserve
Voted the vest game reserve in the African continent in 2008, this park has a lot going for it. It is the first reserve that was solely founded by local residents who were growing ever more concerned about natural and man-made threats to the local environment and wildlife. Situated in the east side of the Okavango Delta, the reserve offers some of the most stunning scenery in the country and boasts an equally impressive ecosystem.
The Tsodilo Hills appear almost suddenly out of the ground in the northwest of Kalahari. These imposing rock formations of varying shapes and sizes are made to look even more impressive by the relative flatness of the surrounding land in the Kalahari. The Tsodilo Hills are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are home to an amazing 4000 cave paintings spread over 200 locations. The cave paintings, along with other evidence, suggests that the hills were first inhabited over 30,000 years ago. The best time to visit is the winter months as summer can be blisteringly hot.
Kasane is situated between the four corners of Africa; Where Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, & Zamibia meet. The towns own attractions include a huge Baobab tree that was once used as a prison due to its trunk that is so large a human can enter. There is also a snake park that houses around 50 snakes from 17 different species.