If you have always dreamt about spending time in a magical oasis, such as the one in the old travel books, then Botswana is where you need to go. The country is completely landlocked, sharing borders with Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Over one third of the country is made up of reserves and national parks. The Okavango Delta is probably the most famous one. This is a beautiful inland flood plain where you will find waterways, islands, wildlife and palm trees. However, there is far more on offer in Botswana as well.
For instance, you could travel to Chobe National Park or you can spend time in the Kalahari Desert. The travel industry in Botswana to a large degree depends on safaris, but you can enjoy yourself in many other ways as well. For instance, it has a very strong and established diamond industry, which is very interesting to get to know. And since the locals are very welcoming and have excellent manners, you will always feel comfortable.
There are two main tribes in Botswana. The first are the Tswana, who are from the eastern parts of the country. The second is the Bayei, which are the River Bushmen. They mainly live in the central and northern zones. They still live in very traditional manners, using mokoro canoes, which are dug out, to get around.
Must See Things in Botswana
If you do decide to go on a trip to Botswana, there are a number of things you absolutely must see and do. These include:
- An exploration of the Okavango Delta, which is a truly magical place.
- A visit to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, where you can see some of the last remaining wild rhinoceroses on the planet. Additionally, your contributions to this sanctuary, even if it is only a visit, will help to protect this endangered species.
- A flight over the Kalahari Desert, the desert that has inspired so many beautiful and romantic stories.
- Seeing wild elephants at the Mashatu Game Reserve or the Chobe National Park. There is something mesmerizing at seeing some of the planet’s largest land animals walk around in virtual silence. Indeed, an elephant could sneak up on you without you ever realizing it is there.
When Is the Best Time to Go to Botswana?
The best times for a Botswana visit is between April and September, which is autumn and winter there. This is also when you will get the most out of your safari. You will notice that the night time temperatures drop significantly and it will be pretty cold. However, the day time temperatures will be comfortably warm. If you do want to keep prices down, then Botswana can best be visited between September and December. However, it gets incredibly hot during those periods.
If you would like to enjoy an organized tour through Botswana so that you can get the most out of your visit, then considering booking your journey through Tauck Tours, who have included it as part of the “Earth Tours” options.