Featuring a relatively low population density for a nation of its size, Botswana has endless miles of game reserves, and is still the world's largest producer of diamonds. One of the most politically stable countries in Africa, it boasts some spectacular desert landscapes and several renowned national parks. Many tourists book flights to Botswana via Gaborone Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, which is served by Luanda, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and a number of other destinations in Africa.
The Chobe National Park
One attraction to put on your Botswana must-see list is the Chobe National Park, which has a significant population of zebras and elephants, and is the oldest national park in the country. It comprises fertile marshes, an extensive savannah, and large woodlands, and also has a substantial number of giraffes and antelope.
The National Museum
In the vibrant capital city of Gaborone, the National Museum and Art Gallery tells the story of the nation and its influential artists, and was founded in 1967. The museum also manages the National Botanical Garden, which is just a few kilometres from the city centre and contains numerous indigenous plant species.
The Okavango Delta
Also known as the Okavango Grassland, this enormous UNESCO World Heritage Site delta of the Okavango River is considered one of Africa's great natural wonders. This captivating wilderness has dozens of fish species, buffalo, elephants, crocoiles, hyenas, cheetahs, and many other African species, and fills with billions of litres of water each year during the wet season.
Other places of interest:
See the enchanting Tsodilo Hills, which consists of dramatic caves with thousands of rock paintings. The hills, which have been inhabited since the ancient era, were once inhabited by the Bantu tribes, and are now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another impressive natural attraction is the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, which is a very short journey from the capital and has various reptiles, game and bird species. You can also enjoy stupendous scenery at the Tswapong Hills, which is an important breeding site for the vulnerable cape vulture bird species.
Where to stay in Botswana – some recommendations
If you're hoping to spend some time in Gaborone, you could consider booking accommodation at the hospitable Lansmore Masa Square hotel or the Peermont Mondior Gaborone, which are both very conveniently located. To be near to Botswana's fantastic wildlife, try the friendly Dombo Farm in Kasane, the Dinaka Safari Lodge in the Ghanzi District, or Dombo Farm in Maun.
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Cost of living in Botswana
|Food and drinks||Prices average|
|Beer (0.5 litre)||£1.00|
|Meal at McDonald's||£4.00|
|Water (0.33 litre)||£1.00|
|One way tube ticket||£0.00|
|Taxi starting price (normal tariff)||£0.00|
|1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M,...)||£18.00|
|1 pair of jeans (Levi's 501 or similar)||£33.00|
|Average monthly disposable salary (net)||£651.00|