LAND OF THE GIANTS
This luscious country is a landlocked nation, bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Botswana, known as the jewel of Africa is untouched and unspoiled and is home to some of Africa’s most diverse wildlife and scenery. Dominated by Kalahari Desert (almost 70% of its territory), it also offers a very large, swampy inland delta formed due to The Okavango River reaching a tectonic trough in the central basin of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea. The Okavango Delta, Moremi, Savuti and Chobe National Park, make up natural Botswana. Each offering varied safari experiences, be it from land perspective in traditional safari vehicles or from the water perspective in carefully crafted waterborne canoe’s known as The Mokoro.
What to see in Botswana
- The Central Kalahari reserve offer safari in the preserved desert and savannah natural habitat and also a glimpse of the life and know -how of the Bushmen, The San people tribe, still living by hunting and gathering. Bushmen people still today carry the gene most similar to the most ancient markers on the planet, making them the closest to the ancestors of all mankind.
- Visit The Tsodilo Hills to see more than 4,500 rock art drawings that describe in excess of 100,000 years worth of human history.
- Drotsky’s Caves (Gcwihaba Caves) — once a sacred place where local tribes would hide their treasures from European land invaders.
- The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world and apart from the beautifully scenic landscape, sustains phenomenal numbers of wildlife, both water-based (crocodile, hippo, and various fish species) and plains based (antelope, etc.)
- Chobe National Park – home to the largest herds of elephants and is known as the land of the Giants. Good safari opportunity to see lions, cheetahs, leopards, monkeys and various species of antelope.
- Moremi and Kgalagadi Transfrontier parks offer to view big herds of wildebeest, springbok, hartebeest and eland and they are usually followed by predators such as lions, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and hyena.
- Other activities offered here include horseback safari, helicopter flights over the wilderness, fishing, boating and bird watching.
Botswana is certainly not as diverse or densely populated as Europe, however, it is full of its own charm.
- Tswana — the mother tongue of 80% of the locals, contain unusual clicking sounds. The people who speak it click their tongue like birds.
- Bushmen who are heavy smokers, smoke leaves from a “sheep tongue” plant, mixed with the honey of wild bees and not tobacco. There is no nicotine in this mixture.
- With smaller more bespoke travel to ensure sustainability, demand often surpasses supply so be sure to look into booking your adventure well in advance.
A little about Food
Dried salty fruit is present in the diet of the locals. Game and cattle meat accompanied by maize and cornstarch form part of the traditional cuisine. Seswaa (pounded, shredded meat) is a popular beef dish amongst the locals.
We invite you to visit this wonderful corner of the planet with Salute Africa! Our experienced Botswana experts will guide you in creating a perfect safari based on your requirements, budgets, and expectations.