Botswana is no doubt a world leader in terms of sustainable eco-friendly travel. So, let’s take a look at the best ways to enjoy a trip to Botswana while keeping sustainability in mind!
Botswana is threatened by droughts and desertification as a result of the majority of its land being used for grazing. But, the country is putting in a fantastic effort to try and counteract these problems by pushing for sustainability in lots of exciting ways!
What to see?
Animals! There is thought to be over 200,000 elephants across the country. See also leopards, cheetahs, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, hyenas, zebras, lions, warthogs and MORE in the Okavango Delta & Chobe Safari! You will not be disappointed, you might even feel like you’re in the Lion King! Not only animals but the landscape is also impressive with a mixture of lushness in the Okavango Delta and beautiful desert in other parts of the country.
What to do?
Don’t travel all the way to Botswana without going on a life-changing safari trip or ecotour! Many of these safaris include accommodation and last a few days. There are plenty to choose from too including these;
- Canoe Trail by Adventurer Botswana – Canoe your way through the African countryside without impacting the environment! You will truly feel like you’re in the wilderness on this tour. This tour is great for family holidays.
- Khwai and Makgadikgadi – Spot meerkats and lions on this special tour. You’ll experience the lush Okavango Delta and the contrasting desert too!
- Chobe and Delta tour – This tour is perfect for a romantic getaway! Can you imagine a honeymoon beneath the stars while staying in luxury lodges?
Where to stay?
There are plenty of sustainable lodgings to choose from across Botswana, a particular favourite being Meno A Kwena Tented Camp in the dry Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. It’s not too luxurious but it’s definitely homely with its canvas tents overlooking beautiful scenery as well as a natural swimming pool! Meno A Kwena takes conservation very seriously as well as keeping the community at the heart of its aims. The whole camp operates almost solely on solar power! They also source their food locally and make sure as much recycling as possible is done.
When to go?
The best time to visit Botswana is May to September in the dry season! However, if you aren’t a huge fan of the heat then there is a much more moderate temperature in the wintertime and it’s just as great to visit then!