Top 5 Reasons To Visit Botswana
Botswana is defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, both of which are home to lush wildlife, extravagant bush camps, and the friendliest people you could ever meet. This African country is especially fun to visit not only because of the cheap flights from Johannesburg, but also because it’s easily navigable due to the official language being English. Allow us here at Bravofly UK to present to you our top 5 reasons to visit the wonderful country of Botswana.
1. Okavango Delta
Located in the northeastern part of Botswana, the Okavango is the world’s largest inland delta. This river is lush with papyrus, lotuses, crocodiles, hippos, elephants, zebra, and so much more.
Test your nerve at the Moremi Game Reserve on a guided river tour in a mokoro (wooden canoe) which, when you see the hippos and crocodiles up close, will make you rethink your decision to float a piece of bark downstream (but you’ll get some great photos).
There are several camps within the Moremi Game Reserve where you can spend the night in luxury and go on day safaris. Chief’s Island is the most famous point on the Okavango and is host to Botswana’s most popular safari camps.
2. Crocodile Farm
Be sure to visit the Maun crocodile farm while you’re in beautiful Botswana, which is the safest way you can get up close and personal with the strangely beautiful and incredibly intriguing modern dinosaur that commands much respect among the local tribes.
3. Tsodilo Hills
This is a historical and cultural treat. These hills are the aboriginal site of creation in Botswana and are also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three hills rise out of flat earth seemingly out of nowhere; each named the Child Hill (smallest), Mother Hill (middle) and Father Hill (largest).
They estimate that there are over 4,500 ancient rock paintings within these hills, which are considered sacred to the locals. If you hike the Mother Hill, be sure to watch for leopards and look for the rock paintings depicting penguins and whales (yes!).
The trails are littered with giant chunks of quartz crystals, but don’t you dare take any of them home, because it is traditionally bad luck and extremely offensive to the locals.
4. Chobe National Park
Get on your safari in Chobe National Park, which boasts the largest game concentrations in all of Africa. Here you can spot the Big 5 – lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros, and leopard. They are called the Big 5 because they are notoriously known as the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot. But we ask that you only shoot them with your camera, of which there will be plenty of opportunities.
5. Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Also known as Botswana National Park, this is considered more of a stopover in between Botswana adventures, as it is a relaxing and beautiful campsite in between long game drives.
This is a great destination for those who prefer to “self-cater,” with rustic chalets and camping facilities. If you want to get a true bush camping experience, this is one of the best and safest places for that. The campgrounds come with showers, toilets, bedding, towels, fire pits, and cooking equipment, but no stoves or refrigerators. So if you like “roughing it,” then this site, along with its friendly staff, will be sure to delight as you’re also situated right in the middle of Botswana’s most beautiful wilderness.