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Things to See & Do in Botswana
Botswana is one of the most interesting countries on the African continent to visit. It is possible to spend a long time in this part of the world and still only scratch the surface of what is available. Below are just some of the exciting things to see and do during your trip.
Kalahari Desert
The Kalahari Desert is one of the most well known tourist attractions in Botswana. This area is known as Dorsland in Afrikaans, which means 'thirsty land'. It covers a vast area of 900,000 square kilometres, so it covers much of the country - as well as parts of South Africa and Namibia. There are a number of interesting game reserves in the Kalahari Desert where it is possible to go on Safari tours. The Central Kalahari Game reserve is probably the number one place in the country to go on safari.
Gaborone
Gaborone is the capital city of Botswana, and it has a modest population of 250,000 people. This is a surprisingly clean and modern city, and there are plenty of shopping malls and restaurants. This is also a generally safe city that is very welcoming to foreign visitors. There are a couple of popular game reserves on the outskirts of the city.
Kgale Hill
Kgale Hill is located on the outskirts of Gaborone, and this is the largest hill in Botswana. It is just 100 metres above sea level, and it is a very manageable hill to climb. The benefit of making the effort is that there is plenty of interesting wildlife and flora to admire - just be careful of the gibbons. There are also some excellent views from Kgale Hill, so visitors will certainly want to take their camera with them.
Gemsbok National Park
Gemsbok National Park is on the border between Botswana and Namibia. There are thousands of kilometres to explore here, and this is the home to a diverse array of wildlife. The best way to explore Gemsbok National Park would be as part of an organised tour.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
The rhino is a fascinating animal and a trip to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary will allow visitors to get right up close to these powerful animals in their natural habitat. This part of the world was once home to thousands of rhino, but their numbers have dropped alarmingly. This aim of this sanctuary is to protect the remaining animals, and to encourage their population to grow.
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is the place to go to see elephants. This park is home to the largest concentration of game in the whole of Africa, so it is certainly a great choice for people who want to enjoy some wildlife. Chobe National Park is also the third largest national park in Botswana. The park is divided into four areas and each of these areas has its own ecosystem. This region was once the home of nomadic hunters, and there is still evidence of this culture to be found.