Africa is a continent that offers such diversity and scope for adventure. With some of the most visually stunning countries in the world, it’s definitely the continent most worthy of exploring. With 54 recognized nations to explore, there’s bound to be something to suit all tastes here. We were lucky enough to spend around nine months traveling through Africa, and experiencing some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth.
If you want to experience a different slice of Africa, you should definitely check out Botswana. This southern African country is one of the hidden gems of the continent and regularly overlooked in favor of more glamorous neighbor South Africa. But there are many reasons why we feel Botswana should make your bucket list, and here are five of the most compelling.
5 Reasons to Add Botswana to Your Bucket List
1. Ultimate Adventure Tourism
Botswana is one of the best countries in Africa for adventurous trips. It is common to rent a 4×4 jeep with camping gear included for a self-driving adventure. Flying over one of the best landscapes and millions of animals is also a rare option for Africa, but common at the Okavango Delta. If you enjoy independent travel and looking for incredible safaris, Botswana should be at the top of your list!
2. Stunning Safaris
Botswana offers some of the most jaw-dropping safari experiences in the entire world, and this is something you definitely need to experience. The Okavango Delta has to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth and will give you an immersive safari experience. Moremi Game Reserve is also one of Botswana’s most important and popular choices for the perfect safari experience now. This is reason enough to add Botswana to your bucket list!
3. Riverboat Cruises
If you want to indulge in something a little different while you’re in Botswana, you should definitely check out a wildlife cruise along the beautiful Chobe River. The best part about the boat cruises is the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding Botswana landscape, and the opportunity to spot some majestic elephants. Did you know, the Chobe River has one the largest concentrations of elephants on the entire continent? This is a definite must for the trip!
4. Easy Accessibility from South Africa
Another thing people love about Botswana is its proximity South Africa. Gaborone is only a one hour flight or 5-hour drive from Johannesburg. There are so many excellent things you could do in Johannesburg, such as visiting Gold Reef City, Cradle of Humankind or venture off into the Drakensberg Mountains. This makes it very easy and great to combine South Africa with your Botswana adventure.
5. Maitisong Festival
However, it’s not just wildlife that makes Botswana a must-visit African destination! You should also make sure you check out Maitisong Festival; an annual culture and music festival taking place toward the end of March. This is the perfect occasion to experience some of the amazing culture and music of Botswana. You will get to enjoy theatre shows, live music, and comedy as well.
Published on October 13, 2018.