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Botswana Top Activities

Top Things to Do in Botswana

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• Experience a sundowner. Sip a cool drink and enjoy a glorious sunset at the end of a satisfying afternoon game drive.

• Go on a walking safari – not for the faint-hearted but an exhilarating experience. In the hands of an experienced guide, you’ll see nature in close-up, and may, if you’re lucky, get thrillingly close to wild animals.

• Climb on the back of an elephant for a safari trek to remember. As well as learning all about elephants, you may see zebras, giraffes, gazelles and other animals – with no distracting vehicle noise.

• Float along on a mokoro, a traditional Okavango Delta canoe, expertly poled by a local guide who stands in the stern. Originally made from hollowed-out wood, but now just as likely to be fibreglass, they offer an unforgettable perspective.

• Fly over the Kalahari Desert in a hot-air balloon, and experience the thrill of landing in an open floodplain.

• Experience some of the best sport fishing in Botswana, in the Okavango Delta and Chobe river systems. You can also fish near Shashe, Bokaa or Gaborone.

Mountain bike through the bush of the Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block, stopping to watch passing elephants.

• Take off from Maun by helicopter or light aircraft to get a bird’s eye view (and take some amazing photographs) of the Okavango.

• Experience Botswana’s culture in Serowe, a village with historic royal cemetery; in Lobatse with its Livingstone Memorial and the Botswana High Court, and in Gaborone.

• Roar across the Makgadikgadi Pans on a quad bike, reveling in the wide-open vistas.


Top Things to See

• Spot antelopes in the Gaborone Game Reserve and the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, and giraffes striding through the Khutse Game Reserve. Be dazzled by flamingoes on the Makgadikgadi Pans.

• Search for lions and leopards stalking their prey or just lazing around in the shade in the Moremi Game Reserve.

• Steer clear of charging buffalo in Chobe National Park, and marvel at hippos, while watching out for crocodiles, along the Chobe River.

• Grimace at rare brown hyenas in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, a bi-national Peace Park created on ancient animal migration routes between Botswana and South Africa.

• Admire Botswana’s remaining rhinos, carefully protected from poachers, at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary inSerowe.

• Watch baboons playing in scattered rocky kopjes in the Savute area, the northern shore of the prehistoric lake that once covered most of Botswana.

• Visit the Tsodilo Hills, considered a sacred site by the Bushmen; known to have been inhabited for at least 100,000 years, these isolated hills are decorated with thousands of rock paintings.

• Venture into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Remote and virtually unexplored, it’s a refuge both for animals and the country’s few remaining Bushmen.

• Gaze at the pot pourri of rocks, millions of years old, that make up the incredible scenery of the Tuli Block. For a longer gaze, stay at one of the private game ranches in this ruggedly beautiful countryside.

• See the Okavango Delta, an extremely beautiful region of vast grass flats, low tree-covered ridges and narrow, shallow waterways opening into lagoons which fill with water during the annual flood.


Please, enjoy our Southern African countries responsibly!

Elize Rowe

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