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What to see in Botswana

Botswana Attractions


Wildlife is Botswana's main draw and game reserves compose nearly one-fifth of the country's territory. In these parks you will find lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, hippos, elephants, antelope, wild dogs, and hundreds of species of birds. Visitors can take safaris and stay in lodges running the gamut from inexpensive dorms for backpackers with tour buses to five-star luxury night private lodges with your own driver and guide.

Among southern Africa's most impressive and popular wildlife destinations is the Okavango Delta where the Okavango River widens into the world's largest inland delta. Lying in the middle of the arid Kalahari, the swamps & water channels attract animals from thousands of kilometers around and triples in size during floods in July and August. Nearby Chobe National Park has a large population of elephants and it is also easy to spot many of Africa's well-known species, especially zebras and lions. The bleak salt pans of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park attract a large number and variety of birds year-round. Other great game parks include Nxai Pan National Park, Mokolodi Nature Reserve and Gemsbok National Park.

Unfortunately, most of the native tribes in Botswana only dress in traditional outfits and perform rituals for tourists. Nevertheless, for the culture-cravers, the villages of D'Kar and Xai-Xai have many offerings, including arts, crafts, and the opportunity to participate in various rituals, while Tsodilo Hills contain one of the largest collections of ancient rock art on the continent.


Central Kalahari Game Reserve

At 20,380 square miles (52,800km²), the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is larger than some European countries, such…

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Chobe National Park

The second largest game park in Botswana, Chobe, is situated in the far north of the country and its 4,517 square miles…

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Gaborone Game Reserve

Although small, at just under 600 hectares, the Gaborone Game Reserve is the third busiest game reserve in the country,…

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, located in both Botswana and South Africa, extends over 15,000 square miles (38,000km²)…

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Khutse Game Reserve

Established in 1971, the Khutse Game Reserve encompasses 965 square miles (2,500km²) of semi-arid Kalahari bush…

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Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans are located in the north-east of the country and are among the largest salt flats on earth, covering…

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Mokolodi Nature Reserve

This 300-hectare reserve is just nine miles (15km) from Gaborone and contains examples of most of the local flora as…

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Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Moremi, about 37 miles (60km) from Maun, is a 1,160 square mile (3,000 sq km) reserve set in the middle of the Okavango…

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National Museum and Art Gallery

The Botswana National Museum, also known as the National Museum and Art Gallery, is an outstanding institution situated…

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Tsodilo Hills

To the west of the Okavango Delta area, about 33 miles (53km) from the town of Shakawe, is a mysterious site shrouded…

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