Top Reasons to Visit Botswana
Botswana is a peaceful, beautiful country with a vast array of wildlife, birds and incredibly diverse landscapes; from one of the world’s largest inland deltas, to rivers, swamps, grassy plains, deserts, and salt pans. If that’s not enough to get you interested, here are a few more reasons you should visit Botswana for your next adventure…
1. THE DELTA
Incredible Biodiversity: The Okavango Delta is home to one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in Africa. Between the Botswana government’s protection of the area and thriving wildlife tourism, the area has remained pristine and undisturbed. Thousands of plant species, hundreds of bird species and countless mammals, from aardvark to zebra (and the big 5, too!), make this one of Africa’s premier wildlife viewing areas.
2. CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Elephants Galore: Ever wonder where the largest concentration of elephants in the world might be? Wonder no more. Chobe boasts the largest number of elephants recorded anywhere with a population of around 70,000 animals. Add to that the gorgeous Chobe River, where massive numbers of animals congregate in the dry season (which you can enjoy viewing by boat!), and you have a winning destination.
3. VICTORIA FALLS
The Smoke That Thunders: Okay, okay – we know Victoria Falls is NOT in Botswana, but it’s very proximate, and it’s definitely a ‘must see’ if you’re anywhere near it. Given that it’s the biggest curtain of falling water in the world (1.5x wider and 2x higher than Niagara Falls!), and that its spray can be seen from up to 30 miles away, we thought we ought to mention it here. It’s also home to a variety of activity choices and fantastic lodging.
4. THE ACTIVITIES
Get Your Feet Wet: There’s no end to the types of activities available for travelers in Botswana. Day and night game drives, walking safaris, boating safaris (both in mokoros (canoes) and pontoon or cruise boats), tiger fishing, birding, whitewater rafting, swimming in a tiny pool on top of the world’s largest waterfall (measured by size, not height/width) and bungee jumping (okay, for those last few we’re talking about the Falls again!) – there is literally something for everyone.
Luxury Reserved For You: Botswana has made a mission of keeping many of their tourist areas (especially in and around the Delta) low density, including granting private concessions to camps for exclusive operation. That means a limited number of vehicles at wildlife sightings and very rare encounters with other tourists (other than those in your vehicle and occasionally those in your camp). It gives travelers a bigger sense of being in the wild.