Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is a landlocked country about the size of Texas, located in the heart of Southern Africa, sharing its borders with South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. A nation better known for peace and tranquillity, diamonds and fauna, with its vast array of deserts, grasslands and wetlands, Botswana encompasses the rich diversity and intense beauty of the African landscape. Deep within the Kalahari Basin lies the jewel of the desert and UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Okavango Delta and Isodillo Hills. From the Okavango Delta, to the Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve and the Linyanti Swamps, experience the abundance of fauna and flora Botswana has to offer.

Botswana

  • The Central Kalahari Reserve located in Botswana is the second largest game reserve in the world
  • Botswana has the largest elephant population remaining on the African continent
  • Botswana is the largest diamond producer in the world
  • Botswana has set aside 17% of its land to cater as Nature Reserves and Parks, this is much more than the standard allocation 10%
  • Botswana has one of the largest salt pans in the world – The Makgadikgadi Pans

With a variety of national parks and game reserves, a heritage site of our oldest ancestors and a wealth of activities to choose from, Botswana is a destination ideal for game viewing, honeymooning, family trips, bird watching and so much more.

Travel inland across the vast expanse of the Makgadikgadi Saltpans, to the largest game reserve in Southern Africa, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Tuli Block boasts a unique and picturesque place unlike anywhere else in Botswana. World’s second largest zebra migration around Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi.

Partake in the numerous activities the delta has to offer such as bird watching, tiger fishing and game viewing, Mokoro activities and indulge in the spectacular photography.

For those craving a more cultural experience, there are numerous cultural tourism options, discover the people of Botswana, visit their villages and experience first-hand their rich cultural heritage.

As a country renowned for its assorted areas of wildlife habitat, Botswana offers a vast array of attractions. From the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community based wildlife project which conserves the endangered rhinoceros, to cruising the Chobe River on the spectacular Chobe houseboats there is something for everyone.

The Kalahari is home to a large diversity of animals and landscapes. Due to its remoteness, climate and harsh terrain it is pristine Africa at its best. Discover the fossilized rivers in Deception Valley and explore the Kalahari Basin which consists of sediments that have been deposited on Bedrock over thousands of years.

All major towns in Botswana, including Maun, Francistown and Kasane, have shopping centres and supermarkets where all basic commodities can easily be purchased. In addition, there are 24 hour convenience stores at most major fuel stations. Many regional chain stores operate in Botswana with upmarket stores being found in the shopping malls of the country’s capitol, Gaborone. Here, malls such as Airport Junction, Game City and River Walk offer a number of high end goods as well as a variety of restaurants and entertainment facilities.

There is an increasing range of local arts and crafts on sale in the major tourist areas of Maun, Kasane and Gaborone as well as safari camps in the Okavango and Chobe regions. They include Botswana’s renowned world-class baskets; woodcarvings; jewelry; pottery; tapestries; fabrics and San Crafts. Botswana baskets are widely regarded as some of the finest in Africa. Their high quality workmanship and originality have gained them international recognition and they are now exported to many countries around the world. The villages of Nxamaseri, Sepopa, Etsha 13 and Etsha 6 are known locally to produce some of the finest baskets in the country, so if you find yourself travelling past these villages, it is worth a call in and ask the locals where you can buy.

Zimbabwe

  • Zimbabwe gets its name from the ruins of an ancient city in Masvingo province, the Great Zimbabwe National Monument
  • Zimbabwe is believed to be the location of Ophir, the ancient wealthy country from which King Solomon got ivory, gold, and such other precious items
  • Cecil Rhodes is buried at World’s View (Malindidzimu Hill), a granite hill in the Matopo National Park of Zimbabwe

Home to the one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world – the magnificent Victoria Falls, this avalanche of water beckons invitingly in the heat of the African sun.

Enjoy the finest views atop the infamous Knife-edge Bridge, or walk through the Rain Forest that grows within the billowing spray. Wonderful activities surround this spectacle, from bungee jumping and micro-lighting to white-water rafting, canoeing and river cruises. The falls and its surrounding areas have been declared a national parks and a World Heritage Site.

For the adrenaline junkies, topping the list of things to do in Zimbabwe would be bungee jumping at Victoria Falls, that’s a whopping 110m free-fall bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge.

Other adventure activities include, white water rafting on the Zambezi River, helicopter flights over the falls, taking a dip at Devil’s pool, nature and wild-life tours. Partake in elephant-back safari’s, bike and saddle tours and for a truly amazing and unforgettable experience, why not try out crocodile cage diving.

The country is world famous as a birding destination, and Hwange National Park contains some of the highest concentrations of birds on the planet. Species that are unique to Zimbabwe, or found in only limited ranges elsewhere, include the King Cheetah in Gonarezhou, and the Samango Monkey in the Eastern Highlands.

As the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe’s hundreds of San rock paintings and ancient ruins from the Iron Age satisfy the most avid history connoisseurs.

Zimbabwe is a hub of shopping experiences, a visit to Mbare Market is a must for those looking for fresh goods and souvenirs or pop by Dendera Gallery for some of the best of Zimbabwean and African crafts, many of which are antics.

Westgate Shopping Mall and Longcheng Plaza are shopping meca’s that offer travellers a variety of goods from across the globe, from high-end fashion to local goods from across the country.