Botswana is a great country to visit if you’re interested in seeing the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert, the deciduous Boabab Trees or doing a game drive (safari) in one of its many wildlife reserves.
Botswana is a good travel destination for solo travellers because it is actually considered one of the safest countries in Africa. In some spots, petty crime is still an issue though.
Compared to Australia, the cost of living in Botswana is also cheaper, so you can travel more for less (80-100% lower)
Top Things to See & Do in Botswana:
- Okavango Delta Safari
- Helicopter Flight ot Hot Air Balloon over the Okavango Delta
- Game Drives (Safari) through the many wildlife reserves including the Kalahari Game Reserve, Moreme Game Reserve or Chobe National Park
- Chobe River
- Guided walking tours with the San Bushmen
Transport options for tourists are limited in Botswana, especially given that most of the popular tourist attractions are located off the beaten track.
You can opt to drive yourself as most of the roads between the main cities are paved and safe.
However, occassional deep pot-holes, sparse petrol stations, and unpredictable animal crossings on the highway can make your journey slow and at times, dangerous.
I personally opted to do a group tour through Botswana so that I didn’t have to worry about getting around.
The best options in the cities:
- Walking (within the main towns)
- Book at Taxi
- Join a group tour / day trip and let them do the driving
- Hire a car & drive with a buddy (but avoid driving at night)
- Local flights between the main cities
The Best Adventure Activities in Botswana are:
- Cruise through the Okavango Delta on a man-made canoe
- Game Drive (Safari) through the Chobe National Park or one of the other parks mentioned
- Organise a guided walking tour with the indigenous San Bushmen
- Cost of Living 80% 80%
- Safety 80% 80%
- Landscapes & Scenery 85% 85%
- Tourist Attractions & Things to Do 65% 65%
- Adventure Rating 65% 65%
Disclaimer: Always check the smartraveller.gov.au website (or related) before travelling overseas, for their latest safety updates, advice and recommendations.
Interested in camping in the Okavango Delta in Botswana? In this article, I highlight 10 key things you should know before camping overnight in the marshlands.
MY TOP 3 RECOMMENDED GEAR FOR BOTSWANA
If you’re planning to camp overnight in the Okavango Delta, you’ll want to pack yourself a warm, but light, sleeping bag.
In Africa, temperatures tend to cool down over night – therefore you’ll want to pack some warmth, especially if camping in a mainstream tent.
You can check out some of our recommended sleeping bags here.
Most of the Okavango Delta tours involve camping overnight. Given the degree of water surrounding you, mosquitoes can be an absolute nightmare.
This is why I recommend that you pack heavy duty insect repellant to deter mosquitoes and protect you throughout the night. You can get repellents with Deet in them, or even get a more natural plant-based version as shown above.
If you decide to canoe down the Okavango Delta, you’ll want to ensure that you take a dry bag with you.
This will help you keep your valuables dry and prevent you from losing them in the marsh if you capsize.
It can also make a handy overnight bag, depending on the size you get.
Thinking of travelling solo?
Amazing! Ensure to check out our Solo Travel page that is loaded with important advice & tips to know before you go.
They will help you to prepare for the journey and overcome any personal obstacles you experience during your trip.
Need help or guidance on what to pack?
Finding the right gear for your trip can be overwhelming and expensive – especially if you don’t know where to start.
On our Travel Gear page, I list my favourite travel gear and accessories to help you narrow down the field, save money and buy quality gear at reasonable prices.
Ready to take the big leap?
There’s no doubt that planning and booking your trip is the most exciting part for any new adventure.
Here I outline 20 steps that you need to know in order to plan and book a successful trip & have fun whilst doing it.