Top ChoiceLandmark in Ntwetwe Pan

Chapman’s Baobab

About 11km south of Green's Baobab is the turn-off to the far more impressive Chapman’s Baobab, which, until it crashed to the ground suddenly on 7 January 2016, had a circumference of 25m and roots that extended...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in D’kar

Kuru Art Project

This fabulous art project provides opportunities for local artists (14 at last count) to create and sell paintings and other artwork; it’s worth spending an hour or two leafing through the various folios of...

Top ChoiceCafe in Gaborone

Cafe Dijo

This classy but casual place is one of our favourite haunts in Gabs. The lunch specials change regularly, but usually include Thai chicken curry, chicken tandoori wraps and excellent salads, alongside toasted...

Top ChoiceInternational in Francistown

Barbara’s Bistro

Located in the town's eastern outskirts in the sports club, this leafy spot is a fabulous choice. Barbara, the German owner, is a charismatic host and loves nothing better than to sit down and run through the...

Top ChoicePortuguese in Gaborone

Caravela Portuguese Restaurant

One of Gabs' most popular expat haunts, Caravela serves up assured Mediterranean cooking in a pretty garden setting. It's close to the city centre, but in a quiet residential corner, which adds to a real sense of...

Top ChoiceAfrican in Gaborone

Courtyard Restaurant

In the garden area out the back of Botswanacraft, this tranquil spot serves up imaginative African cooking (including guinea-fowl pot), with other local staples making a rare appearance. It also serves salads and...

Top ChoiceInternational in Maun

Hilary’s

This homey place offers a choice of wonderfully earthy meals, including homemade bread, homemade lemonade, filter coffee, baked potatoes, soups and sandwiches. It’s ideal for vegetarians and anyone sick of greasy...

Top ChoiceInternational in Kasane

Old House

This open-air bar-restaurant close to the riverbank is every bit as good as the guesthouse it inhabits. The menu contains all the usual suspects such as burgers, toasted sandwiches, salads, steaks and pizzas,...

Top ChoiceCafe in Francistown

Thorn Tree

An oasis of sophistication at the northern end of Francistown, Thorn Tree (no relation to Lonely Planet’s famous online bulletin board) does burgers, salads, pizza, pasta, jacket potatoes, fresh fish and great...

National Park in Kalahari

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The dry heart of the dry south of a dry continent, the CKGR is an awesome place. If remoteness, desert silences and the sound of lions roaring in the night are your thing, this could become one of your favourite...

Nature Reserve in Okavango Delta

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve, which covers one-third of the Okavango Delta, is home to some of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Best of all, it’s one of the most accessible corners of the Okavango, with...

National Park in Botswana

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is one of Africa's great wildlife destinations. Famed for its massive elephants and enormous elephant population, Chobe, which encompasses nearly 11,000 sq km, is itself the size of a small...

Island in Moremi Game Reserve

Chief's Island

Chief's Island

The largest island in the Okavango Delta, Chief’s Island (70km long and 15km wide) is so named because it was once the sole hunting preserve of the local chief. Raised above the water level by tectonic activity,...

Nature Reserve in Kalahari

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

In 2000 the former Mabuasehube-Gemsbok National Park was combined with South Africa’s former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park to create the new Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The result is a 28,400-sq-km bi-national...

National Park in Kalahari

Khutse Game Reserve

This 2500-sq-km reserve, which is an extension of the southern boundary of the CKGR, is a popular weekend excursion for Gaborone residents, but it’s still deliciously remote and crowds are rare, especially from...

National Park in Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pans

Nxai Pans National Park

This 2578-sq-km park is one of the most accessible places to experience the salt pans that are a Kalahari speciality, although it's more about smaller pans surrounded by grasslands and scrubby vegetation than the...

National Park in Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pans

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

This 3900-sq-km park, the southern section of the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Park, extends from the Boteti River in the west to the Ntwetwe Pan in the east. The return of water to the Boteti River in...

Arts & Crafts in Greater Gaborone

Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers

The village of Oodi is best known for the acclaimed Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers, a cooperative established in 1973 to provide an economic base for women from Oodi, Matebeleng and Modipane. At the workshop, wool is...

Performing Arts in Gaborone

Maitisong Festival

Botswana's largest performing-arts festival has been running since 1987 and is held over seven days in late March or early April. It features an outdoor program of music, theatre, film and dance, as well as an...

Wildlife Reserve in Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

With the rhinos all but disappeared from Botswana, Serowe's residents banded together in the early 1990s to establish the 43-sq-km Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Today the sanctuary protects 30 white and four black...