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The Ultimate Botswana Travel Guide

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Author: Lana Goodwin - 22 September 2017

Last Update: 13 February 2024

Botswana is considered one of the most exciting countries to visit in Africa. Renowned for its wildlife, diamonds, culture, ethnic tribes, contrasting landscapes and unique bird species. It is a country where the famous Okavango Delta is situated, where the BBC studio regularly shoots films about the wild dunes of the Kalahari desert.

Botswana is certainly far from ordinary. It is a place where tourists get a rare chance to visualize Africa as relatively untouched, the way nature intended. Additionally, the population density of Botswana is one of the world’s lowest making a peaceful safari that much more attainable.

When planning a trip to Botswana, there is a great variety of choices, which may seem overwhelming at first. This travel guide will help guide your decisions and make your Botswana safari a memorable one.

Okavango Delta

This is the country’s flagship tourist destination and in our humble opinion, it is absolutely second to none in terms of beauty.

Aerial view of the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Aerial view of the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

The Okavango Delta is well-known all over the world for being the planet’s largest inland delta. Water-based activities are always a thrill with fishing, boat cruises and mokoro safaris being some of the highlights. The banks of the river are also home to plains game, elephants and countless species of birds.

Laugh with the elephants who simply love the summer rains and the potential for mud baths.

Kalahari Desert

This desert covers practically most of the country of Botswana. There are numerous animals to see at the game reserves, which are found in the desert itself. These include the Khutse Game Reserve, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Kalahari landscape in Botswana.
Kalahari landscape in Botswana.

Activities include village tours, game drives, walking safaris, and cultural opportunities that take you into the lives of the San bushmen.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

These salt pans are one of the world’s largest and starkest.

Baobab trees in Makgadigadi Pans National Park, Botswana.
Baobab trees in Makgadigadi Pans National Park, Botswana.

Some attractions that can be visited on the site include the annual zebra migration, along with the flamingo migration in the Nata Bird Sanctuary.

Chobe National Park

Of all the Botswana tourist attractions, this is often a favourite. This includes the Chobe River and the Chobe National Park. This region has one of the world’s largest elephant populations. There are elephants just about everywhere in the region.

Elephant crosses a river in Botswana.
Elephant crosses a river in Botswana.

Make sure not to miss the evening boat cruise along the Chobe River as the sunsets over the horizon are simply spectacular. No matter where you go in Botswana, the consensus is that this is a bucket-list destination.

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