Botswana is a beautiful country in the southern region of Africa that won its independence from Great Britain in the recent year of 1966. It is a stable democracy that believes that each individual is as unique and important as the features within its boundaries. Some other major countries, big tourist destinations for safari travelers, serve as neighbors for Botswana including Namibia and Zimbabwe. The country has one of the scarcest populations on the planet, with most of its residents living in the capital city of Gaborone. This provides the key element of “away” for travelers who are looking for the perfect place to escape.
If you are planning a big safari vacation soon, you should consider visiting the great country of Botswana. Here are some of the interesting geographical features that you will be delighted to find.
The Kalahari Desert
The Kalahari Desert is a vast formation that stretches across the nations of Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. The title of “desert” is actually quite misleading, as the region sees too much rainfall to be classified in this manner. In fact, the Kalahari Desert receives five to ten inches of rain annually.
The dunes that are located within this desert make up the largest continuous stretch of sand on the planet. Though the Sahara Desert is larger than the Kalahari, only 15 percent of that region is comprised of dunes. There are many different kinds of trees and plants growing within the Kalahari, which are an important part of its thriving ecosystem. Animals are perhaps the biggest attraction of this geological feature. Lions, leopards, baboons, birds and a multitude of other animals make their life in this desert habitat of Botswana.
At the end of the Kalahari bush you will find a dramatic rising rock formation that is known as the Tsodilo Hills. This place captivates all who come to see the copper-colored faces of giant rocks in all their splendor.
To the natives, these hills are sacred, and the place where their ancestors choose to dwell. There are three main hills that are known as “male, female and child.” The Tsodilo Hills are covered in ancient rock paintings, which make them an even more inspiring sight to behold. There are several mysteries surrounding these hills, such as how the rocks formed so far from any others in the area, and why the paintings are so different. This is a place that you have to see to believe.
The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Thousands of years ago, there was a great lake that completely immersed an area larger than the country of Switzerland. This lake has long since dried up, leaving behind the largest salt plains on the planet—The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. This landscape is stunning and home to a diverse collection of plants and animals.
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If you are interested in learning more, visit our safari tours or contact a representative with Rohoyachui today. Botswana, as well as many other countries, are excellent places to escape from the world.
Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa