Botswana is truly an amazing destination, from its pristine nature parks teaming with a rich diversity of animal and birdlife, its warm and friendly people, its advanced and sophisticated economic infrastructure, it’s a rare combination of unspoilt, yet modern Africa rolled into one. The tourist destinations of the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and the Tuli Block, offer nature lovers and holiday makers a truly rewarding experience. The Okavango Delta is one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Africa; Its diverse and pristine habitats, together with unmatched scenic beauty, make it one of Africa's most important wilderness destinations. A highlight of a visit to this area is the incredible profusion of birdlife - Pel's Fishing Owl, Wattled Cranes, Slaty Egrets, Rufous-Bellied Heron, Swamp Boubous, and a host of eagles, vultures and other raptors will keep the bird lover in heaven.
The Savuti Channel area, which borders the Delta to the west and Chobe National Park to the east, is one of Africa's most famous big game areas. Only 38 kilometers northwest of Savuti and off the main tourist track lies Botswana's best kept secret: Linyanti and the western reaches of the Savuti Channel. The Linyanti and upper Savuti areas rank among the most beautiful in Botswana.
Chobe National Park has a wonderful concentration of animals. The Park has in the past hosted celebrities like the former President of the USA and First Lady, Bill and Hilary Clinton. It was the place where Hollywood celebrity Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor remarried in 1975. The Park is listed in Patricia Schultz’s 1000 Places to see before you die travel guide book.
South of Maun and the Okavango Delta, lies the huge open expanse of the Kalahari Desert. In March and April the Kalahari blossoms with life and huge open spaces of the Makgadikgadi pans fill with water, attracting huge migrating herds.
At the extreme South West of the country is The Kalahari Transfrontier Park. The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and comprises two adjoining national parks:Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park and Mabua Sehube in Botswana. The is prime territory to see the majestic black maned Kalahari Lion and other predators. There is no doubt that every visitor to the natural beauties will not regret his or her trip.
The Tuli Block is another well kept secret of the country. Located in the north east of the country and bordering South Africa, it is privately owned game reserves that have animal species like elephant, lion, leopard and other big game. In addition the area features breathtaking scenic beauty.
The cities and towns of Botswana also have a lot to offer in addition to shops, commercial and administrative services. Some cities like Gaborone and Francistown have small, but rewarding game reserves, amusement parks, museums, and other places of historical interest. A careful research can unearth fascinating places of interest. The rural villages of Botswana also offer an interesting glimpse into the culture, history and way of life of the people and very often offer great value in terms of goods and services one can buy like baskets, pottery and other crafts. Botswana is indeed a destination of choice for the descerning traveller!
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