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Travel - Botswana Travel Guide by Swati
Botswana is one of the finest
travel destinations in the African continent. It is among the best places
in the world for exploring wildlife and to take safaris. Okavango Delta
region, is the most popular region among the tourists. During the rainy
season this region becomes a maze of waterways, islands, and lakes. Moremi
Wildlife Refuge in Okavango has a wide variety of wildlife, flora and fauna.
Most popular regions of Botswana
- National Parks and Game
- Kalahari Desert
- Gemsbok National Park
- Tuli Block
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary
- Okavango Delta
Other than visiting the wildlife
reserves you can also do the following exciting activities:
- Fly over parts of Botswana
in a hot-air balloon.
- Fishing in Okavango Delta
and Chobe river systems.
- Experience Botswana's
culture in a historic village called Serowe.
Once the Visitors reach their
camp by a light aircraft, they can then safari by vehicle, on foot, by
motorboat, riding in a makoro canoe, a horse, ride a quad bike or even
an elephant. The transportation modes in Botswana are a fun and fascinating
part of the safari experience. To protect the country's natural assets,
the government has instituted a policy of promoting and encouraging low-volume,
high-cost tourism. It is one of the few remaining places in Africa where
the adventuresome safari still exists.
PEOPLE: San people
have lived here for thousands of years using the ancient methods of hunting
and gathering. The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park in the north
are areas of outstanding natural beauty, rich in animal life.
CLIMATE: Summer: November
to March. High temperatures average 85-95°F with lows around 65°F.
Winter: June to August. Daytime temperatures around 75°F with nighttime
lows around 40°F.
Botswana has one of the world's highest economic growth rates. Through
fiscal discipline and sound management, Botswana has transformed itself
from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country.
Diamond mining has fueled much of the expansion. Tourism, financial services,
subsistence farming, and cattle raising are other key sectors.
Pula (BWP), 1 BWP = 100 Thebe.
ELECTRICITY: 230 volts,
50Hz. ( US visitors should consider carrying the voltage converters)
language - English. Most popular spoken language - Setswana.
Although Botswana is a relatively
safe country for tourists, still you should visit travel.state.gov for
any current safety recommendations for Botswana.
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KALAHARI ACCOMMODATION / SAFARI LODGES
Safari Lodge, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
This luxury lodge is situated
in the heart of the Central Kalahari, bordering the Central Kalahari Game
Reserve, about 30 kilometres North of Deception Valley. The setting of
Haina Safari Lodge is classically African, relaxed and informal while catering
for exclusive needs. The lounge, dining room and bar areas have a typically
African ambience that is reflected in the décor of rich wood and
thatch. The lodge accommodates 18 guests in private, secluded units, all
with private decks, a combined bedroom and en-suite bathroom. All units
are furnished in subtle earth tones and dark woods in a contemporary African
theme and reflect the bush atmosphere that is unique to Africa, while providing
complimentary tea and coffee, fragrant linen and made-in-Africa furnishings.
ACCOMMODATION / SAFARI LODGES - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Valley Lodge, Chobe
The Chobe National Park
in Botswana is home to the largest elephant population in the world. This
magnificent reserve draws life from the Chobe River and is surrounded by
protected wildlife sanctuaries. As the region is barrier free, this allows
for large numbers of big game to move freely through these protected reserves.
Straddling the game rich area between Chobe and Zimbabwe’s Matetsi reserve
lies the Kasane Forest Reserve. It is here in the Lesoma Valley that one
will find Elephant Valley Lodge, uniquely positioned thus offering spectacular
game viewing long after guests have left the national park. The lodge
has a very active waterhole frequented by numerous species, including elephant,
lion, buffalo, and leopard. These sightings present superb photographic
opportunities from the comfort and safety of the viewing hide or the lodge’s
main deck areas.
Chobe River Lodge, Chobe
At the confluence of the
Zambesi and Chobe Rivers, in the heart of real Africa, lies a special Lodge:
the Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, also known as "The Gem of the Chobe".
Ichingo is a luxury African Lodge providing the 'All Africa' experience
in one of the world's finest wetland areas with spectacular game and bird
viewing, and the opportunity to land a mighty Tigerfish. The Lodge
is a member of the Hotel Association of Namibia. It also has its own airstrip
on the island with customs and immigration facilities, ensuring that your
stay starts off with the convenience and good service that will typify
your visit. ICHINGO is a luxury tented lodge accommodating a maximum
of sixteen guests in large twin bedded Meru tents, each with cupboards,
tables, electric lights etc, plus its own private thatched en suite bathroom
DELTA ACCOMMODATION, BOTSWANA
Maun Camp, Maun, Okavango Delta
This camp is situated 30
kilometres east of Maun on the banks of the seasonal Boteti river. We offer
an exclusive, quiet, uncrowded, beautiful, treed site for those who wish
to stay in the vicinity of Maun. Our ablutions are first class and all
facilities are serviced by our own clean, on-site borehole. A main social
boma with bar and swimming pool is available and meals may be arranged
on request. This camp is ideal as a base camp for those adventurous
individuals who wish to explore the Okavango Delta, Moremi, Savuti and
Chobe National Parks, as well as the central Kalahari and Makgadikgadi
BLOCK ACCOMMODATION, BOTSWANA
Safari Lodge & Nokalodi Tented Camp, Tuli Game Reserve, Tuli Block
We offer a uniquely varied,
highly affordable safari experience. Tuli Safari Lodge - our peaceful
main lodge, a charming home-from-home nestling on the banks of the Limpopo
against a rugged backdrop of sandstone outcrops. Nokalodi - our rustic
bush camp, offering lodge guests an under-canvas experience or providing
a base for those who prefer to self-cater. Molema - our self-catering
camp site & chalets a joint venture project with the local community.
A wide choice of activities, including drives, walks, hides, horse rides,
visits to nearby places of interest such as the World Heritage Site at
Mapungubwe and the Venetia Wild Dog Project, opportunities to participate
in our community & conservation projects
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