Most of Botswana is a roadless wilderness, with vast tracts of space given over to wildlife and dramatic scenery, making it ideal for people on safaris and wildlife holidays or looking to experience something particularly memorable.
The Okavanago Delta, described as 'the river that never finds the sea' is the world's largest inland delta; rising in central Africa, the Okavango river simply dissipates into the Kalahari sands. Paddle a mokoro, traditional canoe, through the maze of waterways and islands to get close to the wildlife that makes its home here.
Other wildlife holidays in Botswana centre on Chobe National Park, which is home to huge numbers of elephant. A sunset cruise along the Chobe River will also bring you into close contact with crocodile, hippo, gazelle, giraffe and other plains game as well. The Moremi Game Reserve is also considered one of Africa's great, pristine wild spaces.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are the dried bed of a ginormous super-lake that covered much of the country at one point. These days the water has evaporated leaving spectacular, surreal saltpans that stretch as far as the eye can see. During the rainy season the pans are transformed into a wonderful watery landscape full of birds and wildlife.
Elsewhere, the Kalahari comprises the vast majority of the country. The last remaining San Bushmen live here; head to the Tsodilo Hills, which are considered sacred, to see 4,000 rock paintings daubed on cliffs by the ancestors of the current population.
The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Rainy season October to April, and this is the hottest time of year. Drier and cooler weather from May to September, with an average temperature of 25 . This is the best time to visit, as the days are generally pleasant and the wildlife never wanders far from water sources.
Batswana enjoy public holidays on New Year’s Day and the day after, at Easter, Ascension Day (in April or May), and Labour Day (1 May), as well as a two-day sleep-in around President's Day in July. Independence Day is celebrated on 30 September and the day following, and there are three public holidays over Christmas: on 25, 26 and 27 December. Other events include the Maitisong Festival, in April, a performing arts festival in Gaborone with theatre, music and dance.
Basic outside major hotels. Local dishes include Morama, an underground tuber, Mopane worm, boiled, cooked or fried, and the Kalahari truffle.
As most people in Botswana follow their traditional pattern of life, visitors should be sensitive to local customs. This is particularly true in rural areas, where people may be unaccustomed to visitors.
Gaborone Sir Seretse Khama International (GBE), 15 km from the city, Maun International Airport (MUB).
Air Botswana runs flights between major cities. Good train links between Francistown, Gaborone and Lobatse. Six major bus routes. Car hire can be arranged in Gaborone, Francistown or Maun. Taxis available in major towns. Hitchhiking is so institutionalised it carries a set charge.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Botswana. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Botswana. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Botswana, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Belinda Gillings - Africa Specialist
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