It is no secret that Botswana is one of the top destinations in the world. It is a favorite by tourists who wish to explore a terrain so different from anywhere else. A visit to Botswana means truly sinking your feet into what Mother Nature can offer.
The country’s unique and spectacular landscape is made possible by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. Typical Botswana group tours will take you on a ride through the Okavango Delta, an up-close encounter with actual bushmen, a stay in one of its gorgeous lodges, and a guided safari tour. Botswana’s wilderness takes a center stage in any tour, and there is no questioning why.
If you want a less typical adventure in Botswana, the list below can help you.
Botswana Features and Highlights
1. Explore the Gcwihaba Caverns
You are on a Botswana photography adventure. Where do you go first? Caves! Botswana’s Gcwihaba Caverns is literally off the beaten path and is only accessible by 4×4. But it is absolutely worth making the trip for. It features a dreamy series of caverns full of stalagmites, stalactites, and thousands of bats. Spelunking in the cave is not a problem (it is quite easy, actually!), but the tourism website does warn tourists about making too much noise as this could irritate the bats inhabiting the cave. The cave is home to at least three species of bats. No worries though, as these bats, although powerful in number, are actually harmless.
2. Gaze at the stars in Kubu Island
Indeed, most Botswana travel destinations are literally off the beaten path, and Kubu Island is no different. Accessible only by a 4-wheel drive vehicle, this island is an ideal getaway for anyone looking to get away from everything (at least for a while). “Kubu” is a Setswana word for hippopotamus, which is appropriate considering the mounds of rock that resemble hippos lying almost in the middle of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. But the real magic happens when you take a 360-degree turn while on the island and only see a white horizon. It is both humbling and beautiful. The absence of human habitation also makes Kubu Island the ideal location for uninterrupted stargazing.
3. Go where four nations meet
It is not uncommon to hear of two or three nations’ borders touching, but there is only one place in the world where the corners of four actually meet. The corners of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia meet in the middle of a river. It is known as the African Quadripoint, and the four countries are so close to each other. While it has been debated whether the quadripoint is legitimate, there is no questioning the wonder one gets at being able to see four nations together in a single viewpoint.
Botswana is one of those destinations that you really have to visit at least once in your life. It’s magical, beautiful, and filled with adventures. Joining Botswana group tours is indeed one of the best things you could ever experience.