Botswana things to see and do

Tourist offices

Botswana Tourism Board

Plot 50676, Block B, Ground Floor, Fairgrounds Office Park, Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 395 3024 or 391 3111.
www.botswanatourism.co.bw

Things to see and do

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

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.

Chobe National Park

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

Gaborone Game Reserve

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 Plains.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

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.

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Admire Botswana's remaining rhinos, carefully protected from poachers, at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Serowe.

Makgadikgadi Plains

Roar across the Makgadikgadi Plains on a quad bike, revelling in the wide-open vistas.

Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Botswana's Moremi Wildlife Reserve lies in the centre of the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. Named after the chief of the Batawana tribe who declared the reserve in 1963, it is characterised by seasonal and permanent swamped areas and covers an area of 3000 sq kilometres (1170 sq miles). The reserve encompasses a wide range of habitats - from wetland, floodplain and reed beds to forest and savannah woodland. The fauna inhabiting the park is abundant and equally diverse, ranging from exotic birds, zebras, buffalo, wildebeest and giraffes to hippos and lions; the only large African mammals not found here are rhino. Boats take visitors to various lagoons, such as Xakanaxa, Gcobega and Gcodikwe, to view game and birdlife. There are many campsites and lodges in the reserve, each with its own viewing possibilities and activities.

Mountain bike

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; or visit Lobatse with its Livingstone Memorial and the Botswana High Court.

Okavango Delta

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.

Okavango Delta canoe ride

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.

Ride an elephant

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.

Sundowner

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

Tsodilo Hills

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.

Walking safari

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.

Edited by Jane Duru
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