Here at Black Tomato, we’re not in the business of ‘run-of-the-mill’, so when we say Botswana is worth every second of your hard-earned time, we mean it…
At a glance
Heading south to Botswana’s shimmering soil will reward you with a safari vacation like no other. And when we say ‘shimmering soil’ we aren’t just talking metaphorically; the country is one of the world’s leading diamond producers, transforming itself into one of Africa’s most thriving and stable nations.
But it doesn’t stop there. From its parched desert and perspective-bending salt pans, to the green and swollen water ways of the Okavango Delta and mighty Victoria Falls, Botswana’s a bountiful and truly fascinating landscape to explore. Not to mention far more varied and inquisitive wildlife than just the usual Big Five (although they are all there, present and correct).
So whether you venture into its alluringly diverse wilderness by land, water or air (helicopter safari, anyone?),Botswana’s sure to knock the spots off any other safari vacation you may have had.
What to see
We just can’t get enough of Botswana’s lush Okavango Delta. The only way to really delve into its depths is by hopping into a traditional Mokoro dug-out canoe to silently glide along its winding waterways, brimming with wildlife. For the definitive water safari experience, take to the Selinda Canoe Trail which stretches through remote bush land, home to swathes of elephants and countless dozy hippos wallowing in the mud.
But, in Botswana, there’s no need to limit your safari to just animal spotting. For a refreshing angle on the usual game drive, take the chance to get under the skin and learn the ways of the native Bushmen tribes; an inspiring and enlightening experience.
Next, leave the jeep behind as you hop on a quad bike to venture out into the sweeping Makgadikgadi salt pans (that’s 12,000 square km of uninterrupted nothingness). Zooming over its white, lunar-like surface is an eerie experience, as is exploring the pan’s inner haven of Kubu island, with its bizarrely bloated baobab trees, fossil-speckled soil and flamingo-filled pools.
Even sleeping in Botswana is a unique experience; when camping with Black Tomato under a star-filled sky, you are far from roughing it. Never have we fallen hook line and sinker for such faultless luxury so deep in the African bush.
Why we love it
Safari a million ways: by foot, jeep, canoe, speed boat, quadbike, microliter or helicopter; Botswana is unrivalled when it comes to choice and alternative wilderness experiences. So everything you thought you knew about Africa and going on safari, forget it, this place is about to open your eyes to so much more.