Botswana Things to Do

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    Chobe
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  • Chobe
    Chobe
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Botswana Things to Do

  • THE MEMORIAL TO 23 ROAD DEATHS

    To the east of Ghanzi, just as you turn right towards the Namibian border, you will come across this large road sign. On 1 September 2003 there was a road crash involving a fuel carrier, a bus and several cars. 23 people were killed and many more burned very badly. Please drive carefully in Botswana, only during the day, and rest when tired. Wild...

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  • Makoro trip(picture)

    Some more pictures to share from Makoro trip.First pic ..Boarding the makoro,assisting by Sam.In the picture I tried to stand on makoro but it's hard to stand stable that's why I had a little strange posture.2.We were at water level or actually a little under water level when sitting on makoro..surrounded by only nature ,..very quiet ..can hear...

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  • Chobe National Park

    Chobe National Park has the largest concentration of Elephants in all of Africa. Located in the northeastern part of Botswana it attracts thousands of tourists each year. Like the Serengeti and Masai Mara in East Africa, it has a great Zebra migration each year, a spectacular event not to be missed. When I was there many years back, the migration...

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  • Moremi Game Reserve

    The Okavango Delta Channel Safari is one of the more adventurous ones you can take when in Botswana. The Okavango Delta is in fact a huge swamp, one of the largest inland water systems in Botswana. The waters of the delta come all the way from the Angolan highlands; they are a result of the rains that fall in the highlands then flows down to the...

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  • CASH IN A FLASH – THE BOB ATM

    BOB’s your uncle! OK, maybe he is not. The saying “Bob’s your uncle” is an English expression meaning life is great. The First National Bank (Bank Of Botswana) has an extensive network of ATM’s across Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Their helpful website, listed below, has a Branch and/or ATM finder so you can get your money for your...

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  • KEEP BOTSWANA CLEAN & BEAUTIFUL

    The sign says it all. “Littering is prohibited”. Botswana is a huge country full of natural beauty and not much litter. Please keep it that way. If you are driving you will come across many many rubbish bins (trash cans) to empty your litter. My favourite one (pictured) says “Feed Me”. The government of Botswana actively encourages local people to...

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  • BOTSWANA TOURISM

    The official Tourist Information Office in Gaborone is run by the Department of Tourism. They have an excellent website and are helpful if you need information. Their office is only open on weekdays:7:30am-12:30pm & 1:45pm-4:30pm M-FThey have an excellent website as well.(Which does not work sometimes.)

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  • Chobe National Park

    Chobe National Park was established in 1968 and sits very close to the borders of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The nearest town is Kasane and you can stay in the many lodges here which are only 15 mins from the park entrance, this is generally cheaper than staying in the lodges in the actual park.The park contains Botswana's most varied...

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  • Okavango Delta

    The Delta is a unique place on earth. Surprisingly it is part of the Kalahari desert and owes its existence to seasonal water from the Cusando river which turns into a 15,000 sq km maze of lagoons, channel and islands.Home to Hippo, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, crocodile and antelope; the delta is best explored by small dug-out canoe's...

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  • Makoro trip

    In Okavango delta,Sam told me that nomally ,there will be some animal around , like birds (a lot), zebra,buffalo,wildebeest,giraff,lecwe and elephant. I'd love to see elephant so much,but that day is not my day,we didn't see any of them.,even Sam were surprised why none of them around.I guess because elephant are smart animal,if they see human...

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  • THE CRY OF THE KALAHARI

    The Kalahri Desert is a huge semi-desert actually. It has sand alright. I know. I got my car stuck in it twice! The Kalahri is a massive 362,500 sq. miles (900,000 sq. km) covering much of Botswana and parts of South Africa and Namibia. The area does get some rainfall so there are plants and a variety of animals. It supports ostriches, lions and...

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  • Chobe Safari & Elephant Dance

    My trip to Botswana was really mostly to go on safari in Chobe National Park. It was an addition that I made after my tour that I am really glad I organised. Booking a day drive in and out from Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls it was a great way to spend an extra day in the area instead of hanging around the Falls especially since I had so much time on...

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  • Sunset on the Chobe river

    I've seen so many sunsets on this trip. Each invariably aroused my admiration. The spectacle staged on from time immemorial and only the audience change. I'm standing with my back to the noisy crowd on the boat. We share the boat with the other group who are loud and boisterous. It seems they don't respect anyone and anything. The captain...

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  • Buffalo

    A buffalo is the last animal we see during the Chobe cruise. Now we can say that we've seen four of the Big Five, namely a lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo, which leaves us with one more to see - a leopard. It will have to wait till another trip - our safari adventure is almost over. A buffalo looks really impressive with its big body and a set of...

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  • Hippos

    We had to wait till Chobe to view hippos in their full splendour, but at last we are rewarded. Groups of them can be seen on little islets on the river. Their massive bodies stand in stark contrast with fragile shapes of birds that surround them. Some birds even sit on the hippos back, but obviously they don't mind it.This huge animal weighs from...

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  • Elephants, elephants and more elephants

    During our African trip elephants were probably the animals that we spotted most frequently. We saw them in Etosha and Okavango delta, but it cannot compare to the numbers we saw during the Chobe cruise. Herd after herd of elephants going to the river, drinking water and playing with water. After these few hours I have no doubts that Chobe has the...

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  • Bee-eaters

    I know next to nothing about birds so although both the Okavango delta and the Chobe national park are great destinations for bird watching ( over 440 different bird species have been recorded here) I focused rather on other animals than birds. But little green birds caught my attention during the Chobe cruise. A group of them looked very...

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  • Chobe Riverfront

    In the afternoon we get on a boat with about 30 other tourists and set on a cruise along the Chobe riverfront. Just after a few minutes we stop near the river bank to see our first crocodile. It lies motionless near the water and after a few moments we start to doubt whether it is alive. But suddenly its mouth begins to open to show a full array of...

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  • Visit Chobe National Park

    Chobe national park is our last destination in Botswana. Next we are going to head for the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the organised part of our trip will be over. Sitting on the truck I'm thinking of all fantastic places we've seen so far and those ahead of us.The Chobe National Park is the second largest in Botswana. It was declared a national...

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  • Sunrise ... sunset ... in the Okavango...

    We get up early enough to see the sunrise in the Delta. The mokoros glide almost soundlessly across the water and we can contemplate the dawn. The sky is painted with all shades of pink, the shapes of palms emerge slowly against the horizon and suddenly the river is lit up and sparkles with hues of silver. We go on another island in hope of...

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  • Bush walk and other activities

    In the afternoon we are divided into small groups and each group is to follow their guide (one of the polers) for the bush walk. We are told to behave quietly and follow the guide in line. Not far from our camp the guide suddenly stops - he senses something that we are not aware of yet - but after a moment we see an elephant behind the bushes, just...

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  • Camping in the Okavango delta

    We stop at one of the numerous islands in the delta. It's to be our home for two nights. We are told to pitch our tents next to the river bank on an uneven terrain of a very modest size. In result, the 15 tents ( there are 16 people in our group plus the polers) are so squeezed that there's hardly any space to walk between them. We are surprised....

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  • Okavango Delta from the mokoro

    We come to the harbour from which we are to be taken on the mokoro ride. The polers are already there. After a few minutes of confusion because we don't know what to do, a young boy grabs our bags and leads us to his mokoro. His boat looks a bit older than others and has some puddles of water at the bottom - but it's too late to withdraw. We sit on...

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  • The adventure begins

    Equipped with basic necessities like a 5-litre bottle of water, torch, toiletries and warm clothes, we set off on our 3-day trip to the Okavango delta. We know that we'll be camping in the bush having no facilities like showers or toilets. We load our tents, matresses and sleeping bags on a 4wheel drive open truck and off we go. It will take us...

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  • Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta

    Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and the tourist capital as it's hard to imagine any trip to this country without visiting the Okavango Delta. Although it's home to 30 000 inhabitants, it feels rather like a big village. But on the other hand, it's a great place to do shopping before 'leaving civilisation behind'. There are some chain...

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  • Meet the San people

    In the evening we are invited for a tribal dance by the San people. The San are indigenous to Botswana (and Namibia) and have been living here from time immemorial. Traditionally, they were nomadic hunter gatherers. Having no possessions or animals they were very mobile and could easily move in search of food and water in small family groups...

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  • First impressions

    We spend our first night in Botswana on a campsite near Ghanzi. Getting there from Windhoek (the capital of Namibia) took us about 8 hours, which is not too long considering the distance of over 500 km. But the road is really good, mostly tarmac, and the traffic scarce. The landscape is monotonous - flat and featureless with some bushes and...

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  • Chobe NP and the Okavango Delta

    Chobe NP in Botswana is about an hours drive from the Zimbabwean border at Victoria Falls. You'll need to check out what the situation is regarding the border facilities. Chobe is one of the best places in Africa to see Elephant in large numbers. You can do your game viewing from the hotel or from a boat on the river or on a game drive. All the...

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  • Places to visit around Gaborone

    I was in Botswana for 6 years back in the 1980s so things may have changed since then but ....If you haven't got much time and cannot go too far from Gaborone there's Mochudi village nearby which had an interesting Museum and I recall you can get a terrific view over the village from the site where it's located. It's near enough to get a taxi from...

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  • MY FRIEND – MR. BUCKET

    This is my highly versatile friend – Mr. Bucket. Before you think I have gone totally mad, just read on. I may be mad, but this is a friend you need for any sort of stays in Africa. So what can Mr. Bucket do for you? Well, Mr. Bucket holds water. So he can keep water for emergency drinking, putting out campfires, washing out toilets/ground, and for...

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  • TROPIC OF CAPRICORN

    I came across this marker while driving towards Gabarone. Unfortunately it has not been well looked after. So what is it? The term Capricorn comes from the Latin words caper (goat) and cornu (horn) and is the name given to one of the 12 constellations in the zodiac. What this means in earthly term is this. This parallel is the farthest point south...

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  • Individual travel in the Okawango Delta,...

    There are numerous camps in the spectacular Okavango Delta. When I was there fronting a luxury travel group, some years ago, the only camps I was aware of were run by the Park, and they were all exclusive and expensive. I am inluding a webside, which shows many more camps than I was aware and they are all regulated camps. If I remember correctly...

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  • A boerewors braai

    Chances are you'll reach your Botswana safari destination via South Africa. Be sure to purchase boerewors from a butcher as part of your supplies.There is nothing nicer than to sit around a crackling campfire at night, a lion's roar from the darkness and boerewors sizzling on the braai (barbeque).Boerewors is a very popular South African sausage...

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  • mokoro trip

    Mokoro trip is fantastic.I loved it.Even it's a bit hot at the moment(nov) but the environment around is peaceful,all we can hear is the sound of our mokoro passing through the grass and water,from time to time we hear some animal sound ...wonderful!.Makoro (dug out canoe)used to be wood made from big tree trunk like..sausage tree,ebony,african...

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  • Sunset Cruise

    An amazing evening spent on the Chobe River, being centre stage of all that was happening on the shores and in the river. Elephants, elephants and then even more of them, fish eagles, baboons, impala, water buffalo, then there were the hippo, I have seen many over the years but not as many as this all grazing on the land.Do NOT forget your cameras...

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  • Visit A School

    During our stay at Tuli Game Reserve we took a trip to Mothlabeneng School. The Game Reserve is run as part of a community project , therefore benefitting the local people and it's facilities, the school being part of that. We expected to just look around and meet some of the children during our visit but oh so much more than that was to await us....

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  • Bush Walking

    At Tuli there are a selection of walks you can enjoy. We went early morning and with a guide naturally, who taught us a few tracking skills, pointed out interesting bush information and worked off the evening meal before we partook of breakfast.It can start off chilly, so a light weight jacket may be required but just after sunrise, your hat and...

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  • Linyanti - Chobe National Park

    We took a drive here from Savuti campsite, it was a true 4 x 4 ride and a fairly long one too, as it is tucked away at the far end of the Park, seemingly wilder and less busy here.We hoped all the way that we did not meet an oncoming car as one of us might then find ourselves fighting with the sand or the bush in an attempt to share the road, never...

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  • Mokoro trip

    Mboma island is situated in the north west corner of Moremi, as we had stayed the night before in Xakanaxa, it took us about 3 hours, including a bit of game viewing time, to drive there the next day, which was a bit hurried.The ride in the mokoro was a peaceful one, it was pleasant but we were a little disappointed at it's tameness. Having built...

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  • THE OSTRICH

    The Ostrich is a huge, ungraceful and flightless bird which is common in Botswana. They seem to thrive in arid (dry) areas like the Kalahari Desert. They are usually seen in groups, so be careful when you drive! During the breeding season they go off in pairs or maybe even 2 females with 1 male. When they see you, they usually run off – very fast....

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  • Mekoro Trips

    We entered the delta area near Maun, on a trip organized by Audi Camp.The Mekoro, a dugout canoe made from the sausage tree, (maybe known as "Muzungula", Kigelia africana) is a long-standing local means of conveyance in the delta. A silent method of travel, it allows closer proximity to many animals that would be scared away by other boats. The...

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  • Walking the Okavango

    Once you step out of the mekoro, you lose the protection from some animals. The crocs can climb on shore, the hippos will wander your camp at night. Part of the experience of nature is being out in it, being exposed and vulnerable to its wrath and its reality. In our daily lives, we may face the large fronts of nature, hurricanes, earthquakes and...

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  • Moremi Game Reserve

    You don't need to go to Moremi to see animals, but it can help. If you come to Africa, especially these parts, animals are typically on the top of your list. We never actually made it much farther inside Moremi than the gate area as we ran out of time, but I hear it's worth a visit. We saw many animals in the real wild outside the park, so I...

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  • Keep up to Date

    Daniel and Joseph visit Botswana%Lhttp://www.survival-international.org/blog/2007/12/07/meeting-the-bushmen[latest news on San]Ever since my own fortuitous visit to CKGR evictees with Prof Nonaka, Sid and Ansie, having been up to Tsodilo; my bonding with the Plight of the San, and the role of the puppets of the super capitalists who with their...

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  • Game watching

    October in Botswana is very hot temperatures goes upto 40 degrees, the air is still and the heat seems to have a physical force. Take a game drive in Chobe national park. , the great thing about october is animals feel the heat too- so like like school kids they are in abundance at the river. In chobe alone there are 45000 elephants- said to be the...

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