Botswana might not be the first place you consider if you’re planning a trip to Africa, but it’s a bit of a hidden gem. There are so many things to see and do, and it’s also considered one of the safest countries in Africa. Surely, for these reasons alone it really is worth a visit.
Don’t believe us? Well, here are five sightseeing spots you can’t miss in Botswana.
The waterways and lagoons of the Okavango Delta feel like a labyrinth, but if you keep your eyes peeled you may be lucky enough to spot hippos bathing in the water, crocodiles skulking for prey, and a huge range of bird species enjoying the wetlands. It’s a beautiful place in itself, but if you’re fortunate enough to catch sight of some of the animals close by it’ll be an amazing experience to remember. Getting up close and personal with any animals can really make a trip.
Gabane is a beautiful village to visit, with lots of hiking routes. However, there’s so much more to it than just hills to explore. The Pelegano Village Industry houses small local manufacturers such as glassworks, metal, and pottery, the latter of which is sold from the factory. Here you’ll find some fantastic, unique handcrafted souvenirs such as vases and crockery.
Chobe National Park
Another great place for a safari and general sightseeing is Chobe National Park. This is where you’re most likely to see herds of elephants and buffalo – it’s also known as one of the very best wildlife parks in the world.
Choose to stay beneath canvas, or in luxury accommodation overlooking the water where you will be able to relax after a long day of taking pictures of these amazing animals. You could even opt for a photography safari where the focus is getting the best pictures from your experience.
Jwaneng means “ the place of small stones”, which is apt, as it’s situated on the richest diamond mine in the world. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to find any of these precious little stones, but it’s worth a visit to Jwana Game Park to check out some of the animals, including two white rhinos, which are a threatened species.
This is an area that is perfectly placed as it is right between the Four Corners of Africa; where Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zambia meet. Be sure to see the enormous Baobab tree, which is so large that it was once used as a prison! You can also check out the snake park with 17 different species of snake, or just enjoy the Chobe river.
Botswana is full of great places to explore, whether you’re into hiking, seeing animals or just learning more about the country.
These are just five sightseeing spots that you can’t miss if you’re in the area. Did we miss anything out? Let us know in the comments!