Botswana was voted number one in the Top 10 Countries in Lonely Planet’s best in Travel 2016. Botswana is a premier tourist destination offering high-value, low-volume tourism - thus preserving and safeguarding its pristine destinations.
Botswana - and Gaborone in general offer a plethora of attractions and majestic sceneries.
Unesco World Heritage Sites
Botswana hosts Two UNESCO World heritage sites:
Tsodilo - The archaeological record of the area gives a chronological account of human activities and environmental changes over at least 100,000 years. Local communities in this hostile environment respect Tsodilo as a place of worship frequented by ancestral spirits.
Tsodilo Rock Paintings [Source: Botswana Tourism]
This delta in north-west Botswana comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is almost intact. One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the River Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronized their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes. The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.
Okavango Delta [Source: Complex Mania]
Tourist Attractions in Gaborone
The capital city Gaborone also has a number of tourist and historical attractions within easy reach:
Here lie the remains of Botswana's first ever formal school, church, clinic and a four-cornered house. It was built by a Scottish missionary, reverend, doctor, traveller, gun-smuggler, and adventurer, David Livingstone in 1847. It is the site of Livingstone's only real estate, as Kolobeng is arguably the only place where the Scotsman ever built and owned a house together with his wife Mary - the daughter of Robert Moffat, the missionary who translated the Bible into Setswana. Their daughter Elizabeth, who died at the age of six weeks, is buried here. What remains now is the foundation of the house. Kolobeng is gazetted as a National Monument, and you can only gain entry through the custodian.
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Situated about 5km east of the Botswelelo Centre, in Mankgodi, and 2km off the Gaborone–Kanye road, is Bahurutshe Cultural Lodge, an innovative cultural village, chalet complex and camping ground (camping/chalets P100/450) where visitors can very easily access the traditional elements of Batswana music, dance and cuisine.
Located west of Boatle and just a few kilometers from Ramotswa, Mogonye village is one of the places in Botswana with a breath-taking landscape. Mogonye is surrounded by big hills, especially on the eastern side. The hills stand out like knights in a castle, securing the village with their mighty presence. The hills have seven magnificent gorges where you find clean water on the rocks and one is tempted to reach out and let it run in his fingers. Within the gorges stands an amazing tree, which is called 'setlhare sa pula' loosely translated “a tree of rain” with its roots embedded in the rocks, the evergreen tree has water flowing from it continuously. You would think there is someone pouring the water such that it runs through the tree. Some of the wild animals found here are Kudu, rock rabbits, baboon and a variety of bird species.
Tourist Attractions in Botswana
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This is the Makgadikgadi an area of 12 000sq kms, part of the Kalahari Basin, yet unique to it, one of the largest salt pans in the world. For much of the year, most of this desolate area remains waterless and extremely arid; and large mammals are thus absent. But during and following years of good rain, the two largest pans, Sowa to the east and Ntwetwe to the west – flood, attracting wildlife such as zebra and wildebeest on the grassy plains and most spectacularly flamingos at Sowa and Nata Sanctuary.
Gcwihaba Caves and Aha Hills
Certainly one of the wildest and most remote destinations in Botswana, Gcwihaba is a fascinating underground labyrinth of caverns and pits, linked passages, fantastical stalagmite and stalactite formations, and beautifully coloured flowstones that appear like waterfalls of rock.
Situated east of Palapye, the imposing Tswapong Hills rise almost four hundred metres above the surrounding plains. These one-billion year old titans extend 60 kms west of the village of Moremi, and measure a full 20 kms in breadth. Comprised of sandstone, ironstone and quartzite, which give them their characteristic rich hues, Tswapong holds numerous fascinating, and very beautiful, archaeological, historical and natural history sites.
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
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Mokolodi is a registered non-profit charity organization - established in 1994 and is 3700 hectares in size. The land was donated into a trust for the children of Botswana to provide a natural area that would allow them to learn about nature, conservation and the environment. Situated approximately 15 km south of Gaborone; the capital city of Botswana, the reserve is home to a variety of mammals, including some rare and endangered species, and a diverse array of reptile, amphibian and bird species. Conservation and education are both at the core of the reserve's existence.
Orapa Diamond Mine
Botswana is arguably the largest producer of diamonds buy value and hosts some of the largest and valuable mines in the world. Orapa mine is the ninth biggest diamond mine in the world. It is located in Orapa town of Boteti Sub-District, approximately 240km west of the city of Francistown, Botswana. It extends across a surface area of 118 square kilometres. The Orapa diamond mine stands second among the world's biggest diamond-generating Kimberlite mines. It is made up of two separate pipes, which are believed to have formed approximately 93 million years ago.
Jwaneng Diamond Mine
Jwaneng diamond mine is situated in South Central Botswana, about 160 miles southwest of Gaborone. Debswana, a partnership between De Beers Company and the Government of Botswana, owns the mine. Mining is conducted on three Kimberlite pipes extended in an area of 520,000 square metres at ground level, and a satellite deposit. Jwaneng is the eighth biggest diamond mine in the world with an estimated reserves of 88.3Mct (70.1Mt grading 1.26ct/t diamond) as of December 2012. The mine has an average production rate of 12 to 15 million carats per year.
There is a wide range of Botswana dance styles and routines which have strong linkages to the Botswana culture. The common dance styles include borankana, phathisi, setapa, tsutsube, ndazola, Kalanga hosana, Selete and the more popular san or Basarwa dance. Botswana traditional dance stands heads and shoulders above most African traditional dance. It is unique, rhythmic and expressive, at times used for storytelling and healing.