Topping the list is the Okavango Delta, best visited between May and September -- for a dream-come-true safari of wildlife, flora and fauna and to experience Africa at its most naturally spectacular.
world famous by countless TV nature specials, the Kalahari Desert covers close to two-thirds of the country. This region offers
a fascinating ecological system of arid dune-scapes, vegetation
nourished by underground rivers, with glimpses of wildebeests,
eland, ostrich, as well as big game.
A herd of hippos lounge on
the banks of the Chobe River.
landscapes await at the Makgadikgadi Pans, the largest salt flats
on the planet, offering bewitching mirages that appear out of
nowhere during the heat of the day. Late spring is the time to
witness the arrival of the annual rains, which magically result
in lush vegetation as flocks of birds and animal herds feast on nature's bounty.
of animal herds, no trip to Botswana would be complete without a
stop at the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, which is home to one of the most diverse
variety of wildlife in all of Africa including elephants, zebras, giraffes, baboons,
hippos and impala.
DID YOU KNOW? Botswana Travel Fun Facts
Cave painting safari in Tsodilo.
• In the Kalahari Desert, art lovers can flock to Tsodilo for one of the world's richest collections of prehistoric cave paintings.
• As the saying goes, "less people, more life." Botswana has the 7th lowest population density of any country in world - and that leaves more room for the wildlife! The total population of elephants in Botswana is estimated at more than 150,000, more than anywhere in Africa.
• The Kalahari Desert is not a true desert as it receives about 8 inches of rain per year. Temperatures can rise 104 degrees F at the height of summer to below freezing on winter nights.
More about Botswana travel & tourism around the Web:
Botswana Tourism - Here's the official site, including details on the Okavango
Delta, Kalahari game reserves & sand dunes, photos and overviews
of native flora and fauna, how to get there and get around, hotel
guide, practical travel tips.
Introducing Botswana - Get expert advice from Lonely Planet
including what to see and do, average travel costs and other practical
tips, photos, maps.
Botswana - Check out the digital version of the print magazine with
feature articles & travelogues, photo gallery and information
on top attractions.