Botswana is an amazing destination on the African continent. Botswana is internationally acclaimed for its supreme and unforced combination of tourism and wildlife. 17% of the country is proclaimed protected and a further 20% made up of wildlife management areas. With its eclectic mix of serenely beautiful landscapes and some of the largest populations of wildlife species found in Africa, Botswana is a premier holiday destination amongst adventure and eco-tourists. Although the country is rich in cultural and historical heritage Botswana’s main tourist attractions are the national parks. Of the many parks and reserves which make up this magnificent country there are three definite must sees when travelling to Botswana.
Botswana is large but arid and empty. It’s low population density and rich mineral wealth has ensured that it’s people are amongst the best off in
Africa. Tourism plays a major role in this with Moremi, Chobe and The Okavango Delta comprising the highlights.
Where to Go
Experience the stuning beauty, the unimaginable vastness, the isolation and other-worldiness, the astoundingly profilic wildlife of the best kept African secret – Botswana.
The Woodland Kingfisher is a very striking, good-looking, popular summer visitor to Botswana. The forehead, crown and hind neck are pale brownish grey, with feathers broadly tipped pale blue.
Top Things to see in Botswana
Here are the top 10 Tourist Attractions in Botswana
- Tsodilo Hills, Shakawe, Botswana
- Linyanti Wildlife Reserve,
- Chobe National Park, Botswana
- Okavango River, Maun, Botswana
- Savute Reserve, Chobe National Park, Botswana
- Gaborone Dam, Gaborone, Botswana
- Kubu Island, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
- Kalahari Desert, Botswana
- Linyanti River, Botswana
- Lake Ngami, Botswana
- Chobe National Park, Botswana
Where to Stay
Botswana offers the traveller a choice of accommodation options from top class tourist hotels, luxury lodges and safari camps, to budget guesthouses and camping grounds. The major tourist areas have a choice of private lodges, safari camps, and public camping sites.
A variety of cuisines are served in hotels and restaurants from local favourites and game meat, to continental and Asian dishes. There are also plenty of fast food outlets and small restaurants/takeaways offering local dishes.
Bahurutshe Cultural Village
This delightful diversion is a recreated Hurutshe village offering accommodation [in traditional rondavels], arts, crafts and dancing, and Sunday brunch with local cuisine. Educational cultural tours for schoolchildren are frequently conducted.
Quick Travel Information
FACTS AND FIGURES
Area: 581,730sq km (21st in Africa)
Largest towns: Gaborone, Francistown, Selibi-Phikwe, Lobatse
Official language: English, Setswana
Head of state: President Festus Mogae
Life expectancy:Life expectancy should be at 72 years, but the huge number of AIDS cases has cut life expectancy to 39 years.
G.N.I. US$ 2800-00 per person annually.
Okavango Delta. Kalahari Desert. Moremi Game Reserve. Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi and Nxai pans.
Beef, Diamonds, Maize.
GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
Landlocked. The country is divided into 2 topographical regions divided by a plateau which is about 4000ft high Consists mainly of a flat, practically uninhabitable semi- desert – Kalahari. Vast inland delta – Okavango delta. Summer rains. Summer November to March.
Went under British protection in 1885.
Seretse Khama and Quett Masire started the Bechuanaland Democratic Party in 1962.
First general elections in 1965.
1965 Seretse Khama elected president.
1966 Gained independence.
Khama knighted with independence.
1967 diamonds discovered near Orapa.
1980 Sir Seretse Khama died, succeeded by Dr. Quett Masire – Botswana
Democratic Party still in power.
CRIME AND SAFETY
Low crime, especially against tourism.
The BDF are very good.
Strong currency. Easy changeable. Difficult to get money out on credit cards from banks and ATM’s.
POST AND TELEPHONE
Fairly good postal system in major towns. Good phone system.
Of the 7 major diamond pipes in the world, 3 are found in Botswana. The second largest diamond mine in the world is found at Orapa in Botswana. The first school in Botswana was founded in 1815 by Robert Moffat.
When the “buffalo” fence was erected in 1966 approx 300 000 wildebeest died while trying to move from South to North to try and get water. Lake Ngami was discovered in 1849 by David Livingstone