Go to Botswana if you want to see beautiful landscape, rich wildlife and happy people. The country has evolved from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country and it now has one of the strongest economies in Africa, thanks to diamond mining and tourism. Consequently, Botswana isn’t the cheapest tourist destination, but it is one of the safest countries in Africa. And it doesn’t suffer the apartheid hangover like its neighbouring countries, South Africa and Namibia, so you can feel and see the difference. Botswana is the real Africa.
Here are the things to experience in Botswana:
Kalahari Desert – The desert covers two thirds of Botswana. The San people (also known as the Bushmen) are hunter-gatherers who have lived in the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years. They performed a traditional and ritual ancient dance.
Okavango Delta – One of the world’s largest inland deltas.
- Delta Flight – For $110 USD, you can see the delta from 150m in the air. Unfortunately, it’s not high enough to see that the delta is shaped like a hand and the flights are really hit and miss- some people saw lots of animals, but I barely saw any.
- Mokoro Experience – Another popular thing to do in the Okavango Delta is to take a mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe, to camp in the bush. It was advised to bring an umbrella to protect from the sun, so I took the opportunity to buy the most ridiculous umbrella I could find.One of Africa’s unique and famous baobab trees
Chobe National Park – Home to the largest elephant population in Africa.
- Boat Cruise – Take a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River to see elephants, crocodiles and hippos. Elephants are so much fun to watch!
- Land Safari – My safari saw a pride of eight lionesses, with one feasting on a baby elephant. This also happened to be where the safari truck got stuck in the sand. I will add that the truck was completely open and exposed, with no doors or windows. Stress-inducing…