The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness destinations and is sought after by tourists, photographers, and researchers alike.
Going to the Okavango Delta brings you through several unique landscapes, from wetland to dryland. Just the journey itself is already an adventure as you find your way through the world’s biggest existing inland delta.
The delta is called the jewel of the Kalahari, as it is located deep within the Kalahari Basin. The name alludes to the rarity of such a place; how this remarkable ecosystem exists in such an unforgiving place is a miracle.
The fan-shaped delta is fed by the Okavango River. A multitude of species – including buffalos, elephants, zebras, giraffes, crocodiles, leopards, lions, and cheetahs – live on and around the delta.
The Okavango Delta is being proposed for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The government of Botswana is ensuring that the location is properly taken care of, as it is one of the most precious treasures of Africa.
The Tsodilo Hills rises up from the Kalahari, towering over an otherwise calm landscape.
The Tsodilo Hills is a sacred location for its inhabitants – the San tribe, the original inhabitants, and the Hambukushu tribe, who are periodic residents. They believe that the spirits of their ancestors still dwell here – and in earlier times, they regularly performed rituals to ask for help from these spirits.
Paintings and carvings on the face of the rock are also present; each of them symbolizes a certain aspect of the tribes’ lives.
The three main hills of Tsodilo are named Male, Female, and Child. Thirty years’ worth of archaeological research in the area has led to estimates that the hills have been inhabited for the past 100,000 years. Iron, pottery, shells, glass beads, stone tools and carved bones have been found dating back to 90,000 years in the past.
All these findings make Tsodilo one of the oldest historical sites in the world.
There are several walking trails in the Tsodilo Hills. Some of these are the Lion Trail, the Rhino Trail, and the Cliff Trail. A guide will assist you through these trails so that you can safely appreciate the true beauty of Tsodilo.
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is a wondrous sight to behold. Tourists visit the park either by air or by road, and whichever way you choose, the beauty of Chobe National Park can be seen even from a distance.
The park is fed by its namesake, the Chobe River. This river allows the park to have one of the most diverse wildlife concentrations in the whole country.
Chobe National Park, established in 1968, covers an area of approximately 11,700 square kilometers (4,247 square miles). Within the park are swamps, floodplains, and woodlands, each catering to a different lineup of species.
One of the most famous sights in the park is the massive herds of elephants that live near the Chobe Waterfront. The herd visits the waterfront more often during the winter months, when the dryness makes the elephants unusually thirsty.
Lions, leopards, jackals, hyenas, crocodiles, hippos, owls, geese, eagles – these are just a few of the animals that you can see on your visit to the nature wonderland that is Chobe National Park.
The Kgalagadi is Botswana’s name for what the rest of the world calls the famous Kalahari Desert.
Covering more than 80% of the total land area of the country, the Kgalagadi is not like most deserts because, unlike the barren sand pits associated with the term, the Kgalagadi is actually teeming with life and natural resources.
The grasslands in Kgalagadi support several species of wildlife in the region, including its fast-growing herds of cattle.
The Kgalagadi landscape is a plain with shrubs dotting the field. Trees also stand on the ridges, providing landmarks in the otherwise monotonous scene. After a period of bountiful rain, the desert looks even livelier.
The vast expanse of the Kgalagadi houses five national parks and game reserves, namely the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve, the Khutse Game Reserve, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and the Nxai Pan National Park.
The impression that the Kgalagadi leaves on its visitors is that of humility and amazement, as such a wide piece of desert retains its beauty through supporting life.
The city of Ghanzi is Botswana’s center for the industry of cattle farming. More than 200 cattle farms – which cover roughly 6% of the land area of the country – are situated here, connected and bordered by fence structures.
The quality of cattle products in this region of Botswana is renowned the world over. The cattle farmers of Ghanzi provide 75% of the beef exports of the Botswana Meat Commission, which exports meat primarily to the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union.
As a bonus, when you visit Ghanzi in August, you may also find yourself joining the Kuru Dance Festival, which is a showcase of the traditional dance and music of the residents of the region.