Botswana is a wildlife paradise offering numerous national parks and natural reserves. There are more elephants in this country than any other in the world! This beautiful destination is synonymous with vast landscapes, nomadic tribes and safaris.
Okavango Grassland is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The only natural UNESCO site in Botswana is home to some of the world's most endangered species of large mammal, such as the cheetah, white and black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion. One of the unique characteristics of this area is that the annual flooding from the River Okavango occurs during the dry season.
In Moremi Game Reserve, which covers much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, you can experience excellent views of savannah game, as well as bird-watching on the lagoons. Visit Chief's Island, the largest in the Okavango Delta (70km long and 15km wide). It is home to some of the most exclusive lodges and tented camps in Africa.
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Where to stay:
In Gaborone, we encourage you to stay at 3* Berry Bliss Guest House with excellent reviews. This 3-star property has an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The property is 400 m from SADC Head Quarters. The units in the guest house are equipped with a kettle. All rooms come with a private bathroom, while selected rooms also offer a kitchen. All guest rooms have a wardrobe. A buffet, à la carte or Full English/Irish breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. Berry Bliss Guest House offers a business centre for guest use. Square Mart Shopping Centre is 500 m from the accommodation, while Three Dikgosi Monument is an 8-minute walk away.
In Kang (Kalahari Desert) we recommend you to book Kang Ultra Stop. This hotel has excellent reviews and it features an outdoor pool. Guests will find a tennis court and a children’s playground in the garden. With free Wi-Fi access, the air-conditioned rooms all come with a satellite TV. Each has a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy their meals at the on-site restaurant. BBQ facilities can be found in the garden. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is 50 km from Kang Ultra Stop. Free private parking is available on site.
What to do:
Go on a safari in search of big game. Wildlife watching during a game drive in one of Botswana’s national parks is an unforgettable experience! Hot air balloon rides, and walking safaris also offer unique animal watching adventures.
Pay a visit to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This community-based wildlife project was established in 1992 to assist in saving the rhinoceros.
Bird lovers should head to Nata Bird Sanctuary to experience true tranquility.
Take a cruise to watch the hippos and elephants on the banks of the Chobe River.
You can also choose a canoe trip through Okavango Delta with traditional mokoro boat.
Discover the Matsieng Footprints, located a 30-minute drive north from Gaborone. It’s a collection of about 170 carvings depicting human feet and animals. The petroglyphs, dating from 3,000 to 10,000 years ago, are situated on a flat expanse of sandstone with several natural pools.
Try some traditional food in Kuminda Farm. This area boasts plenty of unusual flora and fauna.
Admire the large umbrella-shaped Acacia trees and gaze at majestic lions in the open savannah plains.
During a bush walk in the Kalahari Desert you can meet San Bushmen people and learn how to light a fire using friction heat.
Attend the Maitisong Festival, Botswana’s largest performing-arts event. It is held over seven days in late March or early April and it features an outdoor and indoor program of music, theatre, film and dance, performed by top artists from around Africa.
Botswana is home to the African Quadripoint – the only one spot in the world where the borders of four nations meet. The corners of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia come together in the middle of a river that cuts between the countries.
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