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Intriguing Botswana

Intriguing Botswana - the country of contrasts in the southern part of Africa 

- is always waiting to be discovered from its mind-blowing wildlife, fauna, and flora, to interesting people, a glance of a smiling child, local traditions, hypnotizing landscapes.

Botswana is a wide African land of harsh contrasts, from extremely rich to very poor people, waterways of the world's largest delta - Okavango Delta - with the shifty channels of Zambezi river and glassy lagoons, to the moonscapes of the greatest ancient desert - Kalahari, the Savute dry river channel where one can see herds of elephants in surrounding grassland, and to the South of Kalahari desert, the remote bushmen' home places.

Botswana elephants
Botswana elephants - Flickr Sally Harmon

Botswana is a vacation destination where you will feel good, enjoying refreshing holidays in its cities, villages or venues, friendly lodges indulging the holiday guest with thrilling evening entertainment and delicious traditional meals, no matter whether it is nature, old traditions, culture, sports or events - your holiday culminates in a great mood and enriched spirit.
"All I know is that every time I go to Africa, I am shaken to my core." - Stephen Lewis
Whatever is your selected destination here, no doubt that you'll enjoy visiting the finest sights and finding the most suitable accommodation, either as an individual traveler or joining a group, enjoying daily tours and safari trips.

Botswana bushmen
Botswana bushmen - Pixabay Aino Tuominen

In Botswana, holiday adventure is made from mere outdoor activities and transformed into an experience, discover untamed beauty of nature in hiking boots or on the seat of a jeep, sense the sunbeams on your skin and feel the scent from animals roaming throughout and wild vegetation while enjoying jeep safaris or cross country tours, wonderful moments for the whole family.
Visit Botswana, the diversity of spectacular landscapes offered by forest, river, mountain, and desert, the pallet of wildly vivid colors and animal life creates the best destination for safari off the beaten path.

And choosing Botswana, and especially Okavango Delta, as your travel destination, will make your perfect vacation to enjoy jeep safari and wildlife experience... and get addicted to binoculars!

Botswana wildcat
Botswana wildcat - Pixabay Michael Siebert

The Republic of Botswana, in Southern Africa, is formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland.

Botswana is flat, and about 3/4 is covered by the Kalahari Desert and was one of the poorest and sparsely populated countries in the world, yet once became independent transformed itself, now being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

While visiting Botswana one has the chance to see a large variety of animals and flora, and enjoy their beauty in the natural environment.

Here is the bird-watching paradise, and one could see a variety of birds:
African Hoopoe, African Openbill, African Skimmer, African Spoonbill, Arrow Marked Babbler, Barbet (crested), Bateleur, Crimson-Breasted Shrike, Egret (great white), European Bee-Eater, Greater Flamingo, Hamerkop, Heron (grey), Hornbill (Southern yellow-billed), Ibis (Hadeda), Kestrel (Greater), Giant Kingfisher, Kingfisher (Pled), Kite (Yellow-billed), Lappet Faced Vulture, Lilac-Breasted Roller, Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah, Nightjar (Rufouscheeked), Northern Black Korhaan, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike, Ostrich, Owl (spotted eagle), Plover (Blacksmith), Red Chested Cuckoo, Vulture (Whitbacked), Short-clawed Lark, Slaty Egret, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Violet Barked Starling, Wattled Crane, Woodland Kingfisher.

Botswana zebras giraffe
Botswana zebras giraffe - Pixabay Heike Hartmann

Also, Botswana is home to so many extraordinary mammals:
Aardvark (Antbear), Aardwolf, African wildcat, Baboon (Chakma), Bat-Eared Fox, Buffalo, Bushbuck, Caracal, Cheetah, Duiker (Grey), Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Genet (spotted), Giraffe, Hartebeest (red), Hippopotamus, Hyena (brown), Hyrax, Impala, Jackal (black-backed), Klipspringer, Kudu, Leopard, Lion, Mongoose, Monkey (velvet), Pangolin, Porcupine, Reedbuck (mountain), Rhinoceros (white), Steenbok, Warthog, Waterbuck, Wildebeest (blue), Zebra (Burchells).

And the reptiles lovers could see:
Black Mamba, Cape Cobra, Cobra (Mozambique spitting), Crocodile (Nile), Gecko, Lizard (Rock Monitor), Puff Adder, Python (African Rock), Terrapin (Pond), Tortoise (Leopard), etc.

A unique desert flora:
African Mangosteen, Baobab, Camel Thorn, Marula, Mopane, Real Fan Palm, Sausage Tree, Sycamore Fig Tree, Wild Date Palm, etc.

Monuments and historic sites in Botswana:
Botswana is a spectacular African country rich in unique monuments consisting of sacred sites, tombs and caves, and sightseeing attractions.

Most famous monuments in Botswana:
- Domboshaba
- Gcwihaba
- Kolobeng
- Lekhubu
- Majojo
- Mamuno Monument (Kangumene Rock Engravings)
- Manyana Rock Paintings Shelter
- Matsieng
- Old Palapye
- Tsodilo Hills
"For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place." - Maya Angelou
Gaborone artcrafts Botswana
Gaborone artcrafts Botswana - own photo

Tourist attractions, Museums, National Parks and Game Reserves in Botswana:
- Gaborone Game Reserve
- Manyana Rock Paintings
- Mokolodi Nature Reserve
- Livingstone Memorial - Kolobeng
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary
- Moremi Gorge
- Tswapong Hills
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
- Khutse Game Reserve
- Kubu Island
- Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
- Chobe National Park
- Chobe River
- Kasane Hot Springs
- Gchwihaba (Drotsky's) Caves
- Linyanti, Selinda, and Kwando
- Maun Educational Park
- Moremi Game Reserve
- Nhabe Museum
- Okavango Delta, and many other unique sites.

Visit Botswana and you'll never forget the breath-taking sunrise and sunsets... the calm yet vibrant sunbeams covering everything in a golden sheer veil

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