Botswana & Namibia: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Botswana & Namibia guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...
Places in Botswana
Welcome to one of Africa’s most iconic landscapes. There is something elemental about the Okavango Delta – the rising and falling of its waters, the daily drama of its wildlife encounters, its soundtrack of lions roaring, saw-throated leopard barks and the crazy whoop of a running hyena, the mysteries concealed by its papyrus reeds swaying gently in the evening breeze.
Botswana’s small capital may be the country’s largest city, but it’s a pretty low-key place. There aren’t that many reasons to come here – it’s a world of government ministries, shopping malls and a seemingly endless urban sprawl with outer neighbourhoods known as ‘Phases’ and ‘Extensions’ – which is why most travellers either fly to Maun, or cross overland elsewhere.
As the main gateway to the Okavango Delta, Maun (pronounced ‘mau-UUnn’) is Botswana’s primary tourism hub. With good accommodation and a reliably mad mix of bush pilots, tourists, campers, volunteers and luxury safari-philes, it’s a decent enough base for a day or two, though it's earned something of a reputation for petty crime.