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Botswana is the ideal place to visit the first time in Africa

“The Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country of southern Africa, surrounded by neighbors South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. It is one of the most prosperous countries in Africa where the economy is fueled by its robust tourism and large scale diamond mining. It also has the longest uninterrupted democracy in the history of the continent. Botswana’s landscape is overshadowed by the vast Kalahari Desert, home of the indigenous people of San Bushmen for over 20,000 years” Read more about Botswana

Botswana, the San Bushmen

Botswana, the San Bushmen

What to see in Botswana

The San Bushmen

Learn about the first inhabitants of Kgalagadi, the San / Bushmen, and how they hunt and harvest wild fruits. You can be part of a trek in the bush and marvel at how they preserve the traditions of their ancestors. Bushmen walks are offered in pots in Makgadikgadi pans and Nxai National Park, in the Kgalagadi Central Game Reserve and in the Deception Valley in the Kgalagadi Central Game Reserve.

Tsodilo Hills

Tsodilo Hills is an outdoor spiritual art gallery, featuring more than 4,000 ancient rock paintings of San Bushmen. There are about 400 sites with hunting scenes, ritual dances and typical safari animals. Some rock art dates back more than 20,000 years and archaeologists have found that the inhabitants of this region lived in this area 100,000 years ago. The San Bushmen believe that this sacred area is the site of the first creation of man and a resting place for the spirits of the dead. Unsurprisingly, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can expect to travel the three main hills with the help of local guides. There is a basic campsite and a small but informative museum on site.

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife destinations. Covering an area of ​​11,000 square kilometers, Chobe National Park is home to a huge population of elephants. It has emerged as Botswana’s first national park and is a major epicenter of wildlife safaris in the country. There are three wildlife viewing areas in Chobe – the Chobe River edge, the Liyanti and Savuti swamps. Chobe Riverfront has the largest concentration of wildlife, while Liyanti Marshes are famous for their rich concentration of predators. Sayuti is more remote and soulful and ideal for those who want to go on safaris with nothing but animals, plants and stars for the company.

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Tuli Block

Tuli Block is a wildlife-rich area of ​​eastern Botswana bordering South Africa and Zimbabwe at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. It used to be an area of ​​private farms, but a few decades ago it was more economical to turn the land into a wildlife preserve. The Tuli Block now includes several reserves, including the Mashatu Game Reserve and the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. It is a beautiful region with several rivers, riparian forests, savannas and many massive baobabs. Wildlife observations are guaranteed all year round. There are large herds of elephants, many lions, leopards and even cheetahs. Because it is private land, guided walking safaris and night walks can be enjoyed. There are good lodges and camps to stay.

 

Mokolodi Game Reserve

Mokolodi is a short drive from Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, and is an excellent day trip. Mokolodi is a private reserve dedicated to conservation education. Therefore, during your visit, do not be surprised to see excited schoolchildren go on an educational outing. Since many Africans are denied access to game reserves because of prohibitive costs, Mokolodi is worthy of criticism for continuing his programs. Rhino tracking is a highlight in Mokolodi and one of the few places in Botswana where you can spot white rhinos. A successful breeding program has prevented the disappearance of the white rhinoceros in Botswana. Guided walks, safaris and night out are possible in Mokolodi. Simple cottages and camping facilities are available if you want to spend the night here.

Motorboat on the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world and the hundreds of canals with its dense reeds make for an excellent motorboat. Your guide will shut down the engines when you approach a water-sensitive wildlife such as Sitatunga, Hippopotamus, crocodiles and elephants, but power boating will help you get away from your lodge and see more areas. away from the Delta.

Male of red lechwe (Kobus leche). Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Male of red lechwe (Kobus leche). Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi is a small reserve with a great diversity and fauna. It is located in the eastern Okavango Delta and borders Chobe National Park. His bird life is unrivaled, with more than 500 species to admire through your binoculars. The most pleasant period to visit is from July to October. 4×4 safaris, combined with water-based mokoro tours, are the best way to observe the abundant wildlife. Wild dogs are regularly seen, as well as the Big Five, thanks to the recent reintroduction of black and white rhinos. There are some camps in the park, some of which are reserved for air safaris. Others are highly sought after by autonomous safaris. Several lodges and camps located just outside the reserve allow wildlife observation in the park.

Kubu Island

Kubu Island is a rock filled with baobab surrounded by a sea of ​​salt. The land takes its name from the huge population of hippopotamuses that once lived in the area. Surprising as it may seem, this isolated island was once inhabited by humans. The island is now a protected national monument and is best known for its mysterious crescent-shaped stone wall, countless historic artifacts and natural beauty.

Gcwihaba Caverns

The Gewihaba Caves are located among the vast sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert and are the perfect destination for adrenaline junkies visiting Botswana. The caves can be located in a remote part of the country and are certainly not easy to reach, but they are certainly worth it. The site has two floors of caves connected by passages and sheltering stalactites and stalagmites breathtaking.

Tourists taking photos from a traditional canoe (mekoro). The mekoro is the typical boat used on the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Hewn from large trunked wild ebony, it is manoeuvred using one wooden pole.

Lake Ngami

Ngami Lake is known to be one of the most mysterious lakes on the planet because it suddenly disappeared shortly after its discovery by Dr. David Livingstone in 1849, and reappeared in the late nineteenth century. This trend has continued over the years and the lake reappeared in 2000. Due to the presence of exotic birds such as ibises, pelicans, flamingos, terns, gulls, eagles, martins -fishermen and storks, this lake is perhaps the best destination for bird lovers visiting Botswana. And try to visit him while you still can, because who knows when he decides to disappear again!

Mashatu Game Reserve

The Mashatu Game Reserve is a great place to enjoy a mountain bike experience. Take your time to explore the beautiful landscape, stop to watch the elephants pass by and offer some of the most beautiful pictures to your goal. You can also visit Serowe, an isolated village with fascinating information about the local culture. We recommend that you take a helicopter trip to the Mashatu Game Reserve to have a bird’s eye view of the area.

Road in the Kalahari Desert, Namibia

Central Kalahari

Central Kalahari is one of the most romantic landscapes on the planet. Visit the Kalahari and all you can see is vast expanses of sand, but the desert can hardly be called empty. Plan your travels properly and observe one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular phenomena: zebra migration. Each year, thousands of zebras move in the rolling plains and offer one of the most unforgettable sites. The ideal time to visit is between December and April, when the migration is in progress.

Linyanti wetlands

Large populations of elephants and felines – two of the main attractions of any safari. The Linyanti Wetlands are home to some of the best wildlife experiences in Africa and are renowned for being the perfect place for travelers to spend a few nights camping in the desert surrounded by exotic wildlife. The best time to visit wetlands is between July and October when the weather is drier.

With mokoro in the Okavango Delta in Botswana on holiday. Travelling in summer.

A tour of Mokoro in the Okavango Delta

Taking a ride in a mokoro is the perfect way to experience the Okavango Delta and is one of the best things to do in Botswana.

Take a ride in a mokoro is the perfect way to discover the Okavango Delta.

The mokoro is a traditional wooden canoe in a pirogue. They are used in shallow waters where the poler can steer the mokoro, making it the ideal way to cross the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta.

The Delta is one of the largest animal shows in the world. In fact, you’ve probably already seen it on BBC’s Planet Earth or on the cover of National Geographic. The delta is a mixture of sand, marsh and water filled with African fauna.

A mokoro ride across the delta is an incredible way to get closer to one of Arica’s top destinations. Safari lovers float in quiet canals in the heart of Botswana. Just pay attention to hippos!

Hot in the central Kalahari

The Kalahari is an inhospitable environment, but you will still see many animals and this is one of the best things to do in Botswana.

The Kalahari is an inhospitable environment, but you will still see many animals.

There is so much beauty in the Kalahari between acacias, apple leaves, dunes and meadows. By some measure, the Kalahari Desert contains the largest volume of sand in the world compared to other deserts.

The Kalahari encompasses and humiliates visitors who want to cope with the toughest nature. A reserve of 53,000 km 2 in the desert can help you. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is actually the second largest wildlife preserve.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in the world. It is not because you are in one of the most inhospitable environments in the world that you will not see any animals.

Wildlife has adapted to the harsh climate and observation is at its best in the Kalahari. Wildebeest, zebra, red hartebe, lions and more are roaming free in their giant homeland of Botswana.

Where to stay

Staymorr

Staymorr Boutique Guest House is a prime destination for business, leisure and motoring travelers traveling to and from Maun. The guesthouse is ideal for international tourists who venture into the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Makgadidkgadi Pools.

Staymorr hotel, Botswana

Unlike hotel rooms, the rooms are family-friendly and offer more space, independence and flexibility for an unbeatable cost per person.

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Lodge of Tlou Safari

Tlou Safari Lodge will bring you spectacular game experiences, as well as beautiful sunsets on quiet boat cruises on the Chobe River.

Enjoy the view from the patio of your room.

Rooms at the lodge are equipped with air conditioning, a small living room, satellite TV, a kitchen, a dining area and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, bath and shower.

Tlou Safari Lodge awaits your arrival and is ready to welcome you in this new lodge in Kasane.

Moriti Wa Selemo

Moriti Wa Selemo is ideally located for visiting Kukonje Island, Makgadikgadi salt marsh, Botswana salt marsh and Kubu Island.

There is nothing better than to return from a hot and dusty day exploring and cooling off in one of the two pools or quenching with cold drinks at the bar where stories of the day can be shared.

There are three private campsites nestled under tall trees providing shade during the heat of the day. Each campsite has an electric point, a tap, a braai and a bird bath.

Kessa’s Chalets

At Kessa’s Chalets, we offer bed and breakfasts and related accommodation services.

Guest House has 10 modern rooms with thatched cottage. Each room is air-conditioned and includes a bar fridge, digital TV, work desk, utensils for making coffee and tea.

Your stay in the Kessa Cottages will not be complete without a safari! We organize tailor-made safaris with our associates for our guests at the Moremi Game Reserve, boat cruises on the

Thamalakane River, a tour of the Okavango Delta.

Mokoro station of owl pel’s, Okavango delta.

The Okavango Delta is one of the most sought-after wilderness destinations in the world. The thrilling excitement of the big game, the supreme tranquility and serenity of the Okavango’s untouched delta.

Pelok’s Owl Owl Mokoro Resort offers day trips and overnight cruises, as well as nature walks in the Okavango Delta for wildlife viewing and bird watching.

A mokoro ride in the Delta is an absolute must, although at first sight it seems terrifying.

 

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