Explore Botswana
Botswana
Africa's best kept secret

Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. 70 percent of its territory is graced by the majestic Kalahari Desert. This desert along with the Okavango Delta have become lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. Botswana shelters numerous animals and birds in its well-maintained national parks. The massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve with its undulating grasslands and exotic wildlife unfolds the best kept African secret, that is, Botswana. 


Popular cities/towns: 

  • Gaborone

  • Kasane


Climate
Climate of Botswana is semi-arid. The best time to visit Botswana is between May and October.

  • January — Wet
  • February — Wet
  • March — Wet
  • April — Wet
  • May — Dry
  • June — Dry
  • July — Dry
  • August — Dry
  • September — Dry
  • October — Dry
  • November — Wet
  • December — Wet
Things to do
City Life

Kasane is the gateway to Chobe National Park. It presents an array of campsites, guest houses and hotels that accommodate all visitors to the park. It also houses shopping malls and arts and crafts shops where you can buy souvenirs. There's a 9 hole golf course located within Mowana Safari Resort and Spa premises. You can enjoy golfing at the two famous golf courses namely Gaborone Golf Club and Phakalane Golf Resort. The 18-hole championship course graced with the presence of different bird species and animals will make your stay in Gaborone very eventful. You can also visit the Botswanacraft to know more about the handicrafts of Botswana. 


Heritage/Historical Places

Tswapong Hills Cultural Landscape, situated near Palapye, consists of ironstone, quartzites, horizontal layers of sandstone and conglomerates of rounded water-worn pebbles. The western edge of the hill range presents the mystical remains of the Historic Ngwato capital and a church built under the regime of Khama III in 1892. These hills are evidence of multiple phases of human occupation from the early Stone Age to the 19th century. It's a treasure trove of archeological materials which include iron smelting sites and rock paintings. This rare heritage site also offers scenic natural beauty of picturesque cliffs and waterfalls. Gcwihaba Caves have a diversity of cave formations which display magnificent natural beauty comprising massive stalactites, dripstones, stalagmites, micro-formations of helictites and much more. The National Museum and Art Gallery, located in Gaborone, displays art, crafts and cultural artifacts of Botswana. This multi-disciplinary institution also includes the National Botanical Garden. The Three Dikgosi Monument, situated in the Central Business District of Gaborone, is a bronze sculpture of immense historical importance. The statues depict three important tribal chiefs of Botswana. 


Nature & Adventure

Mokolodi Nature Reserve, situated near Gaborone, offers a wide range of activities. It consists of riverine terrain interspersed with rocky hills, picturesque Lake Gwithian, and adjoining picnic site. This reserve offers game drives, rhino tracking, horse-back safari, cheetah visits, walks with trained elephants, giraffe tracking and guided walks among others. Other facilities include picnic sites, camping sites, stone and thatch restaurant, museum and library, the Alexander McCall Smith Traditional Rest Camp and the World's View Conference and Function Centre. Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the largest salt pans in the world. Its unearthly beauty will leave you spellbound. You can spot zebras, wildebeest, kudu, duiker, gemsbok, steenbok, rare brown Hyena and many other mammals during the wet season here. Suwa, Baines' Baobabs, Nxai Pan National Park, Nata Sanctuary and Ntwetwe are a must visit in this complex. Kubu Island, located in the Makagadika Pans, is one of the most scenic places to visit in Botswana. Protected as a national monument, this dry granite rock island offers breathtaking views of sunset. Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park is one of the most popular places in Botswana especially known for its red sand dunes and dry riverbeds. Besides exotic nature, this park also shelters over 200 species of birds and majestic mammals such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, migratory herds of wildebeest and springbok. Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Passage Valley, Piper's Pan, Leopard Pans Deception Valley are worthwhile areas to drive. Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well-known for its tremendous historical and cultural importance. In fact, it is one of the most sacred places to visit in Botswana. Its inhibants believe the hills to be sacred where ancestral spirits dwell. Its mystical spiritualism, rock paintings and sheer grandeur are very captivating and unforgettable. 


Wildlife
Okavango Delta is the world's largest inland delta. Located in the middle of Kalahari Desert, it's an oasis of palm fringed islands, wetland, dryland, palm and papyrus fringed waterways, thick woodland with lush vegetation and exotic wildlife. It shelters over 120 species of mammals, 444 species of birds, myriad species of fish, reptiles and flowering plants. You can go on a safari to spot wildlife on a traditional canoe (Mokoro) and then camp overnight. Kalahari Desert houses one of South Africa's largest game reserves, Central Kalahari Game Reserve. In fact, it is the second largest in the world. As it's not easily accessible you can experience innate peace here. In the waist-high golden grasses punctuated by scrub bushes and dwarfed trees, you can spot large herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland, hartebeest, wildebeest and giraffe. You can enjoy a camel ride between the Camel Park (Tsabong) and the Kalahari Transfrontier Park. This ride is one of a kind enabling dramatic viewing of wildlife and scenic Tsabong landscape. Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is one of the most fascinating safari areas in Africa. The Kwando River ensures plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities. It's home to many Lion prides and one of Botswana's largest Elephant populations. Moremi Wildlife Reserve, situated in the Okavango Delta, encompasses floodplain grasses, permanent delta, Mopane tree canopies and riverine woodland. It houses the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Botswana including the endangered wild dogs, the Big Five and herds of elephants. Wildlife safari in this reserve would be a thrilling experience you'll remember for a long time. Chobe River is an integral part of Botswana safari experience. A river safari is arguably the best way to explore the river and the exotic Chobe National Park. You can spot antelope species, cheetahs, crocodiles, buffalo, hippos and huge herd of elephants.
Places of Worship

Christian Fellowship Church of Botswana, Apostolic Faith Mission in Botswana, Acts Botswana Church, Reformed Churches in Botswana are some of the places of worship famous among locals. 


How to spend time / how long will it take?

You can cover a major chunk of Botswana in 7 to 10 days because the prominent attractions are located in close proximity to each other. You can start your trip by visiting the Okavango Delta. You can spend two days here exploring nature, wildlife and nearby attractions including Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Tsodilo Hills. You can go shopping and enjoy scrumptious meals in Kasane before you head towards Chobe National Park. From here, You can indulge in an excursion of Makgadikgadi Pans. Besides birdwatching and spotting wildlife, you can enjoy quad biking, game drives, and safari rides. You can spend a day or two here exploring the other attractions of this complex such as Nxai Pan National Park, Kubu Island etc. Further, you can spend a day or two exploring the magnificent Central Kalahari Game Reserve. You can spend a day at the Kalahari Desert visiting the Kalahari Transfrontier Park. For a break from nature tour, you can spend a day in Gaborone. You can go shopping and enjoy golfing here before you end your trip at the Mokolodi Nature Reserve which is situated near Gaborone. 


Cuisine
  • Botswana's cuisine is influenced by other South African cuisines. Some popular traditional dishes of Botswana include Dikgobe, Seswaa, Mogodu, Vetkoek, Phaphatha, Bogobe and many others.
Costs
  • Meal prices in Botswana can vary, the average cost of food is usually BWP 80 (USD 7.20) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 10 days

Known For
  • Wildlife
  • Hills
Areas to Visit
  • Northern wetlands for birdwatching
  • Okavango Delta for nature and wildlife
  • Wildlife spotting in Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Mokolodi Nature Reserve etc.
  • Gaborone and Kasane for golfing

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