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5 Best Attractions to See in Botswana - Make the most of your Botswana Travels

Botswana is one of the top safari destinations and provides some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. Check out these top attractions for more ideas about what to see in Botswana.


Chobe National Park

Located in the country's Okavango Delta, the Chobe National Park covers four varying eco-systems, making it the perfect place to see wildlife. The national park is home to around 120,000 elephants; the best time to view the herds is during sunset when they gather near the river to drink and socialise. The best time to travel around the park is between the months of May and September, when the climate is clearer and cooler. Aside from the elephants, you can watch large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and buffalo gather here during those months. You can tour the national park by car, which also makes it much less expensive than other parks.


Okavango Delta

Cutting through the heart of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango River creates a unique landscape of water ways that have given life to a large variety of wetland birds and animals. The Okavango Delta offers a one-of-a-kind safari experience as most of the wildlife can be seen from a traditional canoe. Every year, the river delta floods an area covering over 16,000 kilometers - and the best time to catch a glimpse of the wildlife is between May to October, when the flood season is at its peak. During this period, the wildlife concentrate around the delta islands, making them much easier to find.


Tsodilo Hills

Tsodilo Hills is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprising of over 4,000 San Bushmen rock paintings, spread out across 400 sites. The ancient paintings, some of which are said to date back over 2,000 years ago, depict scenes of hunting, traditional dances and wild animals. Archaeologists believe that people were living in the area as far back as 10,000 years ago. For the San Bushmen, this is a spiritual and sacred place, and they believe it was here that man was created and remains a resting place for the dead. Visitors to Tsodilo Hills will need to hike the main hills, with the help of a guide to view the paintings.


Mokolodi Game Reserve

If you're wondering about things to do in Gaborone, Botswana- just a short drive away from the capital city is the Mokolodi Game Reserve, a private reserve developed for conservation education. Rhino tracking is one of the top highlights at the reserve, and it is also one of the few places you can view a white rhino. Guided safaris, game drives and more are all possible here. You can either opt to camp at the reserve overnight, or go on a day trip before heading back to the comforts of one of the city hotels such as AVANI Hotels and Resorts, for instance.


The Khama Rhino Sanctuary

The sanctuary was developed to help protect the country's endangered rhinos and re-introduce wildlife to the wilderness so the local community can benefit from tourism while further educating them about conservation. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is situated near the Serwe Pan - a large grassy basin with several water holes in the Kalahari Desert.