Botswana is a landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa that is seemingly built around the magnificent Okavango Delta. It’s also one of Africa’s most stable countries, which means that it has found plenty of potential to invest in tourism. Not to mention showing off the kind of wealth of natural resources that the continent has become famous for. Following are some of the reasons that Botswana should be on your radar:
Experiencing natural beauty
If you want to see some fantastic landscapes, then the Okavango Delta is one of the best places to go. You can even make a much more exciting experience of it by taking a rush of a trip on a kayak or doing an Okavango Delta walking safari. From places brimming with wild animals to the more sparse places, there’s plenty of beauty to be found there, especially in parts like the Kalahari Salt Pans. You’re likely going to want some sort of guide if you’re travelling far from civilization. It’s a mesh of rocky outcrops, giant trees and expansive riverine forests. It is easy to get lost alone, particularly given how sparsely populated the country is as a whole. Don’t let that stop you from exploring, however.
Getting up close and personal with the wildlife
Of course, it’s not just the landscapes that makes Botswana so rich in natural beauty. Botswana has no shortage of national parks offering the opportunity to see wildlife in their natural environment. It’s also a great destination for those who want to be mindful of the places they visit. It’s one of the countries that’s growing most sustainable in the tourism options they provide. They even offer the opportunity to help them preserve it all, too. The Great Projects and similar organizations offer the chance to help preserve Africa’s wildlife. For more adventures getting close to wild life check out this post by Tracy’s Travels in Time.
Hitting the capital
Even though Botswana is great for natural beauty and wildlife, that’s not to say that there isn’t value to be found in the cities. Gaborone might not be one of the biggest capital cities in the world but that might actually work to its advantage. Instead, it offers a good deal more in experiencing authenticity in terms of culture, lifestyle and the things on offer for those who like picking up souvenirs. There are a lot of knock offs to find in the malls, but places like Botswanacraft Marketing stock up on authentic, rural handicraft and not cheap manufactured copies. The National Museum gives you a deep trip into the history of the country, stocked in traditional paintings and artifacts. It might not be a bustling metropolis, but Gaborone has plenty of value if you want to look for it.
Hopefully, this has convinced some of you to put Botswana on your Africa bucket list. If you’ve always wanted that African adventure holiday, then Botswana is one of the perfect places to do it. Not so cramped and crowded as to be intimidating, either.