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Botswana is landlocked nation with a long-standing tourist infrastructure, its main draws including primary claim over the vast Kalahari desert, where game runs wild and most Tswana-speaking bushmen (San) in the world can be found. For an authentically African experience without sacrificing any modern-day comforts, you’ll want to head straight for Botswana. Nature and wildlife is the major initial draw for many visitors to Botswana, but don’t forget to make time to get to know the welcoming people of Botswana, visiting the towns and villages and experiencing the rich cultural heritage. 
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Iconic Attractions

Makgadikgadi salt pans

One of the largest salt pans in the world, Makgadikgadi was once a lake covering a vast 10,000 square kilometres of north-eastern Botswana, but for thousands of years, it has been the dry and inhospitable terrain you’ll discover today.

Chobe National park

A truly beautiful sight to behold, the Chobe National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Africa and makes Botswana a must-visit destination. Located in Kasane, the park comprises of swamps, floodplains and woodlands, and is home to a wide array of wildlife and birds. This is the best place in Botswana to see buffalo and elephants.

Tsodilo Hills

In 2001, the Tsodilo Hills were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famed for its religious significance, it is comprised of rock paintings, shelters, depressions and caves. Over 4,500 cave drawings have been found throughout the site.

Okavango Delta

Every year, tourists seeking a holiday unlike any other come to the Okavango Delta for the experience of a lifetime. The Delta, declared the thousandth UNESCO world heritage site, was formed where the Okavango River meets the Great Plains at the end of the Kalahari Desert.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the most remote game reserve in Southern Africa. With vast open spaces and plenty of campgrounds, this is the perfect destination for travelers looking to embark on a self-drive or guided safari. Be sure to visit Deception Valley for wildlife spotting and excellent views.

Mokolodi Game Reserve

Less popular for tourists than Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, Mokolodi Game Reserve is one of Botswana’s hidden gems. Here, visitors can see a variety of wildlife including white rhino, wildebeast, and zebra. The reserve offers excursions such as horseback safaris and guided walks as well as lectures and other learning opportunities.

Tuli Block

The Tuli Block is a small stretch of land in Botswana that borders Zimbabwe and South Africa. This is a popular tourist destination due to its abundance of privately-owned game reserves open to visitors. With unique rock formations and open grasslands, the landscape here is unlike other areas of Botswana.

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community-built wildlife project in Botswana. It was built in the 90’s to help restore the rapidly decreasing rhino population and remains dedicated to rhino conversation and activism. Visitors can see rhino and other animal species at the sanctuary.

Sedudu Island

Sedudu Island is located in the Chobe River and is home to many species of rare birds and wildlife. From the island, visitors can get a close-up view of elephants, hippos, and crocodiles bathing in the water.

Nata Bird Sanctuary

As its name suggests, the Nata Bird Sanctuary is a prime destination for travelers interested in bird-watching. At the sanctuary, visitors can see and learn about the many species of rare birds who live there seasonally. The best time to go is the wet season (November-March), when birds such as pelicans and flamingos find their home in the sanctuary.

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