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5 incredible things to see in Botswana

Boat cruise on the Okavango Delta, Moremi Park, Botswana

5 incredible things to see in Botswana

 

For beautiful views, fascinating wildlife, and whole lot of culture, look no further than Botswana. It’s one of Africa’s finest safari destinations, not to mention one of the safest, too.

There’s plenty to see, but we narrowed it down to five incredible things. Enjoy!

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1. Wildlife in its natural habitat

Botswana Lion

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A safari is an unforgettable experience no matter where you go, but there’s something special about a safari in Botswana. You might see hippos and crocodiles in the waters of the Okavango Delta, or watch herds of elephant and buffalo gather in Chobe Park, one of the first national parks in the country.

Pack a pair of binoculars and your most comfortable walking shoes, and get ready to have your breath taken away.

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2. The Central Kalahari Desert

Botswana Central Kalahari

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This game reserve is another great safari destination, and is extra special because of how remote it is. Very few people visit each year, so if you make the trip you really will be in for a rare treat. The landscapes are beautiful, with sandy dunes and desert vegetation stretching as far as the eye can see.

Animals you might spot in the Central Kalahari Desert:

Black-maned lions

Cheetah

Wildebeest

Zebra

Leopard

Brown hyena

Giraffe

Springbok

Gemsbok

Ostrich

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3. Gabane

Botswana Gabane

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There’s a lot going on in the village of Gabane. It houses a mini industrial village with manufacturers such as pottery, metal and glassworks, making it the ideal place to pick up a souvenir or two (supporting the local community and economy in the process).

Its hills also make it ideal for hiking, whether you want to go on a gentle walk or an all-day trek. Be sure to keep safety in mind— let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back.

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4. Kubu Island

Botswana Kubu Island

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Kubu Island is surrounded by a sea of salt. Although it once had both human and animal inhabitants, it’s now a national monument, meaning its beauty and history are well preserved. Look out for fossils and artefacts as you explore.

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5. The city of Maun

Botswana Maun

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Botswana’s main city for travel and tourism, Maun is a curious mix of old and modern, and boasts an excellent selection of hotels and restaurants. It’s easy to spend a day just wandering around, sampling the food, and getting a taste of local life.

For something more adventurous, take a scenic helicopter flight or a mokoro (canoe) ride along the Thamalakane River. You could also become more familiar with the area’s culture by visiting the Nhabe Museum, which displays local arts crafts, or browsing the monthly Sunday Farmers Market at Motsana.

Would you ever visit Botswana? What would you want to do first? Let us know in the comments.

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