The Black Traveler’s Guide to Exploring the Best of Botswana

Botswana is one of the best-kept secrets when traveling in Southern Africa. It is a land of incredible variety; from the arid Kalahari Desert and the lush Okavango Delta to the abundant Chobe region. The country promotes low-impact, high-cost tourism options that are a testament to its demonstrated commitment to conservation and protecting the abundant wildlife within its borders.

If you’ve never traveled to this region of Africa, it is a fantastic place to start. Botswana offers a unique opportunity to explore the wildest side of Africa with a touch of luxury for those looking for some pampering. If you’re ready to expand your adventures around the Mother Continent, check out this guide on the best of Botswana.

Where to Stay

Tents in a safari camp in Okavango Delta. Image: Buena Vista Images/ Getty Images.

When it comes to hotels and accommodations in Botswana, there is no shortage of choices. You can stay anywhere from luxury campsites to budget-friendly lodges, depending on your preferences. For a truly immersive experience, consider staying at a campsite in the Okavango Delta. There, you can enjoy the breathtaking views, while knowing your tourism dollars are directly funding conservation efforts. If you prefer a more luxurious stay, then Chobe National Park offers some of the best luxury lodges in Africa. Book campsites in advance during peak season, July and August, as they quickly fill up with travelers from all over the globe, and last-minute reservations are hard to secure.

What to Do

Southern Africa is known for its wildlife, so no trip is complete without experiencing a safari. Within the Okavango Delta, you can explore the rich wildlife and natural beauty from a mokoro, a traditional canoe. You can also go on a walking safari, which is a great way to see smaller animals and learn about plants indigenous to Botswana.

Gaborone, South East, Botswana 27 April 2017 aerial panorama of government enclave in the city

Gaborone, Botswana. Image: poco_bw/ Getty Images.

In Chobe National Park, you can do a game drive or go on a boat cruise to see elephants, lions, hippos, and African buffaloes. If you prefer to take in the sites of the capital city, Gaborone, then the Three Chiefs Statues historical site and ISKCON temple religious site are not to be missed. Foodies should be sure to book a table for Sunday brunch at Sanitas Tea Garden or the Courtyard Restaurant for the best local cuisine.

Safety Tips and Tricks

Botswana is generally a safe place to travel, but like any other place, it’s always good to take precautions. Avoid walking alone at night, and don’t carry large amounts of money or valuable possessions with you. When driving, always make sure that your doors and windows are locked. It’s also essential to take precautions against malaria, which is prevalent in most parts of the country, except the dry areas.