Botswana’s small capital may be the country’s largest city, but it’s a pretty low-key place.
Welcome to one of Africa’s most iconic landscapes.
As the main gateway to the Okavango Delta, Maun (pronounced ‘mau-UUnn’) is Botswana’s primary tourism hub.
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park, which encompasses 11,000 sq km, is home to Botswana’s most varied wildlife.
For the Batswana, this relatively densely populated land may be the most important part of Botswana; for travellers, this is largely an ignored area, a place to be bypassed on the way to Maun, Kasane and the Kalahari.
Kasane & Around
Kasane lies in a riverine woodland at the meeting point of four countries – Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe – and the confluence of two major rivers, the Chobe and the Zambezi.
The Unesco World Heritage–listed Tsodilo Hills rise abruptly from the northwestern Kalahari, west of the Okavango Panhandle.
Francistown is Botswana’s second-largest city and an important regional centre – there’s a fair chance you’ll overnight here if you’re on the way north coming from South Africa.
Botswana’s great salt pans, Sua, Ntwetwe and Nxai, comprise the expansive Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pans National Park, and are like no other landscape on earth.
The parched alter ego of the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari is a primeval landscape, recalling in stone, thorns and brush the earliest memories of the human experience.
Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve (sometimes called Moremi Wildlife Reserve), which covers one-third of the Okavango Delta, is home to some of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.
Tuli Game Reserve
Gaborone is surrounded by a few interesting day or half-day trips, although they’re more if you find yourself at a loose end than fabulous attractions in their own right.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
With the rhinos all but disappeared from Botswana, the residents of Serowe banded together in the early 1990s to establish the 4300-hectare Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
This small village just north of Ghanzi is home to a large community of Ncoakhoe San who operate an art gallery, cultural centre and wildlife ranch under the auspices of the Kuru Family of Organisations, an affiliated group of nongovernmental...