Wildlife, relaxing, natural, simple back to basics, lovely people.
More than wild life, more than sun, a cleansing of the soul.
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)more
Plot 21117, Corner Mobuto and Maratadiba, The Village - Private Bag 00324, Gaborone, Botswana
Good for: Families
David Livingstone is more widely known for ‘discovering’ Victoria Falls. It is less well known that he was a Scottish Missionary who built the first church in Botswana here at Kolobeng. He was lived here with his wife Mary and their children Robert & Agnes from 1847-1852. The two buildings were a Missionary Station and a Church/School. Sadly Agnes...more
When in Kasane remember to visit the CARACAL Biodiversity Center just up the hill from First National Bank. This amazing place is one of a kind in Botswana. Come and see indigenous amimals from mongoose to scorpions. Gate fees are used to support our environmental education program for school children in Chobe. Visit us at www.caracal.info or our...more
Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Since Kasane is on the edge of Chobe National Park, the logical thing to do there is take advantage of all of the natural beauty and chances to observe the wildlife in its natural environment. Boat tours provide a great opportunity to see hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and a myriad of birdlife, as well as the antelopes and other animals that come...more
One thing I'd like to tell traveller who never visit Africa yet but plan to go there one day is...1. Food choices are limitted if you travel in normal or middle class type ,not high end type. 2. You have to prepare yourself to wait long to "very long" time before you get your food,so I suggest people who always have a little emotion or bad temper...more
P.O. Box 100, Maun, Botswana
Good for: Families
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and the airport there primarily serves the 'high end' tourist market. You could be forgiven for not realising this given the disgraceful state of the ladies' toilets (in the interests of gender sensitivity, I didn't check out the gents, but am told that they are no better).An international airport is the...more
The cheapest was a daytour from Viktoria Falls for 140 $, a 3 hour boat tour, lunch then 3 hours with a 4 weel drive, i didn't see that tour in Livingstone but it might available and probably cheaper there as all the other tours where cheaper.In Livingstone the cheapest i saw was 1 day and 1 night, a 3 hour boat tour, lunch, then 3 plus 2 hours...more
Like everyone, we saw hundreds of elephants and loved every minute of it. Definitely the #1 attraction. But the other wildlife and flora are pretty spectacular, too. Our guide from Chobe Chilwero showed us beautiful birds, trees that give off odors to repel the local vegetarians, lions mating and more.The rhino pic is from Zambia; more on that...more
We took a three hour overland safari tour with 6 other people during our afternoon in Chobe. The tour lasted about three hours, about half of which was spent traveling near the river, while the other half was spent up on higher and drier ground. Near the river, we saw at least a hundred elephants, including entire families with babies and...more
Orapa is a very big dot on the map of northern Botswana. It would therefore be natural to assume that this might be a good place for overlanders to refuel and reprovision, which is unfortunately an entirely incorrect and potentially dangerous assumption.
Quite simply, Orapa is a 'closed' town, which means that you need a permit from the Debswana mining company to live, work, or even visit there.
People without permits will simply not be allowed past Orapa's security gates, so you will have to fill up at either Mopipi to the west, or Letlhakane to the south east, which are both several tens of kilometres away. So make sure that you factor this into your planning and ensure that you have adequate fuel to get you to neighbouring town where you can refuel.
The title says it all...There is sod all to do here, bar getting dusty and roasting under the sun, 40c in October...Anyway Ive bought a quarter acre plot of land here with planning, for £8500 (July 2009) and will start to develop soon...
So any Brits finding themselves stuck this way, mail me and lets have a beer together...
It is so cheap, the rangers are friendly, enthusiastic, have a wealth of information - do not understand why anybody would opt to drive themselves here... unless they have already been out with a ranger!Our ranger, Sidney, was incredible. He simply knew everything, his eye sight was incredible - sometimes, even when he pointed things out to us we...more
The word Rhinoceros comes from the Greek 'rhis' (nose) keras (horn) - the British just put the two together to make a nice and tidy 'rhinoceros'The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a MUST visit place. It was set up in 1989 by locals who were frankly alarmed that their rhinos were on the verge of being completely wiped out. The sanctuary covers 4,300...more
Botswana has tried for years to stop corruption within the Police and to try and stop them from forcing innocent people from paying bribes. Innocent people like me. So how did I come into contact with the scary, drunken, corrupt Police in Nata? I had a car accident and was stupid enough to go see them. I was driving down the deserted road south of...more
I ended up here by accident late at night. In fact I ended up here after a car accident. And after...more
This is certainly a must see, so do it...arrange with Nata lodge, or if you have your own 4x4(must have a 4x4)take a trip to Makgadikgadi salt pans for sundowners.here you will see one of the most beautiful sunsets of your life....drinking brewskies under ancient baobab trees watching the sun set over one of the worlds biggest salt pan...more
Kang is a great place to stop in the middle of the Trans-Kalahari Highway. One reason is they have fuel! They also have a BOB (Bank of Botswana) ATM machine. Even with the air conditioning in your car you will be hot and need a cold drink. The BP and the larger Kang Ultra Stop have that too. Because your next fuel stop is over 100 miles just about...more
I found this fantastic sign in Kang at the Kang Ultra Stop. How many times has someone driven past you in a car with music suicidally loud? The worst part being that it always seems to be really bad music played by complete idiots who just look stupid. Why do they feel the need to PROVE how stupid they are? Well, not here mister! Turn it down and...more
In the middle of nowhere, we did our unfueling… (just off the highway to Namibia). This is a good way of breaking down the journey. We were also observing the trees with weaver bird nests and many interesting elements of the dry grasslands, such as the way plants adapt to the drought.more
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