Botswana: Main Sights
A Safari Paradise
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Take the elephant walk at the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, a private reserve managed by the Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation, and just 10km from Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. The elephant walk enables visitors to Botswana to spend a few hours walking through the park literally with the elephants. For the more adventurous visitor to Botswana, Mokolodi also offers the chance to track the endangered white rhino.
Manyelanong Game Reserve
The tiny Manyelanong Game Reserve in Botswana is home to a breeding colony of Cape vultures. The Cape vulture is an endangered species and fully protected under the laws of Botswana.
Manyana Rock Paintings
At the base of the Kolobeng Hill, about 35km outside the capital of Botswana, you’ll find the ancient Manyana Rock Paintings. Artifacts dating back to the Late Stone and Iron Ages have been found here in addition to the rock art, which is probably more modern. The paintings are rather faint but there are usually children from the village who are prepared to point them out to visitors to Botswana.
Mashatu Game Reserve
Elephant lovers visiting Botswana should pay a visit to the Mashatu Game Reserve, which is the biggest private game reserve in Southern Africa and is home to more than 900 elephants, along with lions, leopards, giraffes, cheetahs, zebras and more. An exciting addition to any holiday in Botswana.
Mashatu Game Reserve
Larger than Denmark or Switzerland, the 52,800 square kilometre Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, is the second largest game reserve in the world. Right in the centre of Botswana, this reserve is characterised by vast open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds.
Favourites of Prince Charles’ mentor Laurens van der Post, the Tsodilo Hills rise dramatically from the Kalahari sandveld of Botswana. Tsodilo is a place of special significance to the San people of Botswana, who have lived here for thousands of years. The San of Botswana believe the hills are a resting place for the spirits of the deceased and that their various gods live in caverns within the Female Hill, from where they rule the world. The Harnbukushu, who also live in this area of Botswana, believe the hills are where God lowered man to earth. The Tsodilo Hills of Botswana is one of the most historically significant rock art sites in the world, and the fact that it is so isolated from any other rock art adds to its aura of magic and mystery.
Moremi Game Reserve
The Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana is one of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa. Covering the eastern section of the Okavango Delta, Botswana’s Moremi includes woodland, forests, floodplains and lagoons, where you can go on safari to spot hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino and so on. It is reckoned that 30 per cent of the world’s wild dog – a terribly endangered species – live on the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Visitors on on safari in Botswana can view hippo in comfort from an observation area overlooking what is aptly named Hippo Pool.
Gchiwihaba (Drotsky’s) Caves
One of the wildest and most remote places to visit in Botswana are Gchwihaba (Drotsky’s) Caves. Set in the Kalahari dunes in Botswana, they’re home to a spectacular curtain of stalactites, which form the entrance to a labyrinth of linked passages and caverns. Inside, the visitor to Botswana can see bizarre rock formations, flowstones – even ‘frozen’ waterfalls. These caves in Botswana are also home to colonies of bats, which can be noisy but are otherwise harmless. After visiting the caves, sit on the hilltop and watch the sun set over the violet expanse of the Kalahari for an unforgettable experience during your holiday in Botswana.
Kasane is a bustling little town in Botswana, which has the distinction of being closest to Kazangula, where four countries meet – Botswana, Zimbabe, Zambia and Namibia. You can also enter the Chobe National Park from Kasane, and it is close to Victoria Falls. Kasane is a popular spot for fishing safaris in Botswana, and for the Kasane Hot Springs natural mineral spa, as well as the Kazangula Crocodile Farm.
Chobe National Park
The second largest national park in Botswana, Chobe is famous for its elephants, lions and hyena. The Savuti area of the park is one of the best places in Africa for wildlife viewing, with animals present all year round, sometime sin astounding numbers. Three to four days is recommended during your holiday in Botswana to see all that Chobe has to offer.
The vast spaces and the incredible night skies of the Kalahari are something you must experience when you visit Botswana. The Kgalakgadi Trans-Frontier Park of Botswana should be explored on a 4WD camping safari.
Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pans National Park
For the best wet season wildlife viewing in Botswana, head off on a safari in the Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pans National Park, where you’ll see huge herds of zebra and Wildebeest. For any visitor to Botswana, driving on the flat surface of the saltpans is an experience in itself as heat mirages make imaginary lakes shimmer and disappear and ostriches fly!