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Top 5 things to do in Botswana
Think private concessions and exclusive retreats in a country alive with amazing wildlife in an unspoiled wilderness
Duba Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana courtesy Brendon Cremer Photography
Botswana is a great choice for first-timers and seasoned safari goers alike…
So, you’ve decided on the destination, you’ve got one or two weeks and you want to make the most of it, it’s all in the planning…
Our top 5 things to do in Botswana – what to do and where to go.
1. Visit Moremi Game Reserve - imagine picturesque waterways, grasslands, mopane forests and floodplains and you won’t be far off the mark. The Moremi Game Reserve is in central and eastern Okavango, offering spectacular bird watching and game viewing – it’s home to 400 plus species of birds, in addition to elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion and leopard and Black and White rhino. Look out for wild dog too. Moremi is a true Big 5 hotspot.
2. Cruise along the Chobe River - A must for great game viewing with sightings of hippo, buffalo, crocodile, puku and elephant.
3. The Mokoro excursion - another water-born adventure and a must for any Botswana trip. Mokoros are used to explore the Okavango Delta. These craft are traditional fishing boats constructed from a large tree trunk which has been hollowed out. (Modern versions are made out of fibreglass.) Mokoro safaris offer unique game-viewing experience – you’re sure to snap some great photographs – your lower vantage point means you’re closer to the wildlife. Mokoros carry just one or two guests plus the boat-man, who is very experienced in manoeuvring the craft.
4. A scenic flight - a bird’s eye view of Botswana. Take flight over the Okavango Delta for amazing view over the largest inland delta on the planet! Keen photographers can opt for a helicopter flight with the doors removed for the best shots. some of Botswana’s best camps are accessed by air so it’s worth asking your Zambezi safari consultant about this option.
5. Botswana culture - visit the local tribes of the Okavango Delta – their fishermen fish using traditional methods and the women folk weave traditional baskets. The Bushmen of the Kalahari or The San people (or Saan) are Africa’s last hunting bushmen. Some of Botswana’s camps work closely with the local communities and can arrange a trip into the villages.
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