Most people need little convincing when it comes to booking a trip to Botswana. Home to the highest concentration of elephants in the world and teeming with big cats, African wild dog and other wildlife, Botswana is truly is one of Africa’s greatest safari destinations.
Here’s our personal top 10 reasons to visit Botswana:
- Watery game-viewing in Okavango Delta
- Elephant-spotting by sunset boat cruises on Chobe
- Canoeing on Selinda Spillway
- True sense of wilderness with very few people
- Quad biking on Makgadikgadi salt pans
- Mokoro trips
- Mobile camping
- Wild dogs in Linyanti Swamps
- Adventure safaris eg. Mashatu Game Reserve
- Bushmen (San) people of the Kalahari
There can be few more moving experiences than meeting the brown-eyed gaze of the hugely endangered mountain gorilla. This is what makes gorilla tracking in Africa one of many people’s top ‘bucket list’ experiences. You must be prepared to trek for up to 6-7 arduous hours for the reward of an encounter with a 220kg ‘silverback’. But the anticipation is matched only by the euphoria after the hour-long audience. Uncontrolled hunting and the accelerating human encroachment into its habitat mean that the mountain gorilla is on the brink of extinction. Due to conservation efforts, numbers are once again slowly increasing. Now about 700 individuals in the wild.
Roughly half live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the remainder in the volcanic Virunga Mountains. Gorilla families can roam freely in the Virungas, crossing borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda has been set up to protect both the Virungas mountains and its wildlife. Here a handful of family groups have become habituated to limited human contact.
Posted on July 29, 2016 by Christine - Interesting Reads
If you’ve read our article about ‘cultural tourism’ you know that I have some mixed feelings about ‘cultural tours’. At best such tours can give you a tiny insight into historical, cultural traditions. At worst, they can reinforce pre-conceived notions of how people live in Africa. Some seem to have an ‘us and them’ voyeuristic component. But community tourism is a completely different ‘kettle of fish’.