With over 17% of the country already set aside as wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and game reserves, Botswana is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. Some botswana safari attractions include amazing wildlife and the world renowned Okavango Delta. Annually, tourists from around the globe flock to the country to discover everything that Africa has to offer. From the capital Gaborone to the popular herds of elephant at the Chobe National Park, you will feel like you are exploring Africa’s best kept secret. Here are five top tourist attractions in Botswana:
Places to Visit
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is located in the world-famous Okavango Delta and extends across four different ecosystems. For example, the Savuti Marsh offers one of the largest populations of animals in Africa throughout the year. Chobe offers about 120,000 elephants, which are amazing to watch on a luxury safari, famous at sundown in Botswana. Herds of buffalo, eland, zebra and wildebeast can also be spotted at this time of the year. This national park is accessible by road, which makes it more affordable than many other parks in the country.
The Okavango River flows through the Kalahari Desert, forming a distinct inland water basin that is home to a wide variety of wildlife. The Okavango Delta is a popular destination where tourists can see a wide range of animals. The best time to visit Okavango Delta is around June, July, August, and October when the weather is dry and the mammals are more common on the islands. There are many luxury lodges and safari camps located in the area and most of them offer luxury walking safaris.
Tsodilo Hills offers a sacred art gallery, showcasing rock paintings from thousands of ancient San Bushmen. There are approximately 400 sites showcasing hunting scenes, animals, and dances. Some of the rock paintings date back over 20,000 years and archaeological experts believe that people were living in this region as early as 100, 000 years ago.
Nxai Pan National Park
The Nxai Pan is one of the most beautiful safari destinations in Botswana. There are magnificent sand dunes, the popular Baines baobabs, and the salt pans that offer an excellent opportunity to explore a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The Tuli Block offers a broad range of wildlife in Eastern Botswana. Initially, it was dominated by private farmers, but it has now been set aside as a wildlife sanctuary. Today, the Tuli block comprises several reserves, including the N. Tuli Reserve and Mashatu Game Reserve. It is an excellent area with some gorgeous rivers and magnificent baobab trees. Tourists are guaranteed to see wildlife throughout the year. There are plenty of cheetah, leopard and lion, along with huge herds of elephant. Since it’s private land, luxury walking safaris are offered.