TOP THINGS TO DO WHILE VISITING BOTSWANA FOR A WEEKEND
Africa provides magnificent sceneries and attractive sights that capture the eyes and blow the mind. These sights will leave you spellbound and even more hungry for an experience in the beautiful countries in Africa. Botswana is one of those must-visit African countries with unique landscapes and exotic wildlife. If you are in Botswana this weekend or plan to visit the country anytime, here are some of the top things you shouldn’t fail to do while in Botswana.
A Visit to Francistown
A stroll through the beautiful streets of the oldest town in Botswana will leave you planning your second trip back to Botswana. Francistown, the second-largest city after Gaborone was built around the local gold mining business. So while taking that rejuvenating stroll through Francistown, be sure to visit the ‘Birds and Game Botswana.’ It is a spot for orphaned wild animals. Even though you are emotional at the moment, this spot is the perfect spot to experience nature’s beauty at its peak. Another sight in this town you should make sure to visit is the SupaNgwao Museum. This exquisite Museum offers a thrilling glimpse of exhibits that showcase the lifestyle and cultural heritage of the Kalanga people. You will also witness the economy’s super boom, which resulted from the resurgence of gold mining in Francistown. And hey, do not leave your camera behind while on the stroll.
Meet the Bushmen
The vast arid land of Botswana has harbored the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa known as the San people, also called Bushmen, for more than 20,000 years. The San people have traveled through every part of Botswana, and so they know an incredible lot about the land. They pass this knowledge down to their young ones who do the same, thereby preserving the experiences and knowledge of the land. The Bushmen are the best guides you can have on your weekend tours in Botswana as they know and can tell you about the wonderful sights you will behold. A day out with the Bushmen guides will leave you with an unforgettable experience. You will experience the extraction of underground water from a deep underground reservoir, setting guinea fowl traps, sniffing out animal tracks, etc.
Do you know why having a bushman by your side will be so much fun? You won’t just see it happen; you will learn to do them yourself.
Meet with the King of the Desert
Kings can live in the desert, too, except that this king is the Kalahari Lion – one of the prides of Africa. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a home to different species of animals. You would meet with the ostrich, hyenas, and some springbok might grace the occasion if you are lucky. But they are nothing like the king of the desert.
Don’t be surprised if you hear the thundering roars of the Kalahari Lions in the desert before you can get to see them. Kalahari Lions are loud. They keep the desert alive in the evenings with their roars. Where is the adventure in looking out for a lion, you might ask? The adventure is in finding at least one Kalahari Lion while riding on the back of a horse led by the Bushmen guides. These magnificent beasts are elusive animals and so might taunt you with their roars for some time before showing up. But a close-up encounter will leave you with lots of thrilling stories to share.
Ride a Mokoro across the Okavango Delta
Mokoro Safaris are dugout canoes that have no engine noise and are perfect for bird watching and sightseeing while gliding across the Okavango’s surface.
Imagine taking a slow, stealth ride on the vast water trails of the Okavango past beautiful water lilies that gleam in the sun overlooked creatures you never believed existed, and thirsty elephants lapping water into their mouths at the water’s edge. Some thrilling experience that is, Right? Riding in a mokoro safari not only exposes you to a close-up experience of the culture and lifestyle of the San people; it is also the best silent and slow way to seek out wildlife. If you are in luck, your guides could take you fishing, plant-gathering, or hunting in the mokoro. This wild treat might be that icing on the cake for your weekend adventure in lovely Botswana.
A Visit to Gaborone
Who leaves Botswana without exploring the largest city in Botswana, which also happens to be its Capital? Nobody! Gaborone offers its visitors an amazing sight with modern buildings unusually situated in the middle of a tropical landscape. Gaborone brings with it a fancy selection of hotels and restaurants, therefore, offering a traditionally tinged insight of the 21st-Century Vibe of Botswana.
Conclusively, once your to-do list for the weekend is packed with these incredible experiences, then you are just on your way to having one of the most thrilling adventures of your lifetime. Get your traveling bags packed, book your cheap flights from Travel Beta, and be on the next flight to Botswana.