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Botswana Travel Guide

Botswana Summary


  • Gorgeous scenery in northern Botswana: open savannahs, sandy deserts, and shimmering orange sunsets
  • Exotic wildlife: Lions, hippos, elephants, buffalo, leopards and much more
  • Democratic since the 1960s
  • Low crime rates
  • Friendly locals
  • Relatively wealthy country (thanks to its diamond mines)


  • Malarial areas
  • Lodging destinations can be difficult to reach (a pro for some!)
  • Tourists are not safe from animals without a guide

What It's Like

Northern Botswana's diverse and exotic wildlife has made it a tourist destination for the affluent and adventurous, and the region now hosts a number of luxurious safari lodges. It embodies the fantasy of Africa: a land with open savannahs, sandy deserts, and shimmering orange sunsets, where elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, buffalo, hyenas, zebra, cheetahs, crocodiles, and giraffes are still wild. Botswana has been a democracy since the 1960s, and is relatively wealthy (thanks to its diamond mines); crime rates are low and the locals are friendly.

Where To Stay

Many safari tourists head to northern Botswana, which is home to numerous wildlife reserves, as well as the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. Reaching properties in this area isn't easy -- it will usually require a flight in a small airplane from Maun, and a trip from a remote airstrip by safari vehicle, just to reach a lodging destination. But many travelers here will tell you that it's all part of the adventure.

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