It’s destination discovery time once again, where the icelolly.com content team provide info on holiday spots that are slightly more ‘out there’ – think unusual, unknown or otherwise different to the norm! This week we’re taking a look at Botswana in Africa, so put your feet up, have a read and get ready to add this stunning destination to your bucket list…
For the best place in Africa to see wildlife then you should head to Botswana, it’s home to all of the Big Five, over 120,000 elephants and around 40% of the country is made up of national parks and game reserves. Not only can you go on safari to see these amazing animals, you can also visit the countries sanctuaries to get a more hands on and up close experience with animals such as Rhinos…
Visit the Kalahari Desert: With over 360,000 sqkm of desert you might be fooled into thinking this vast site isn’t going to harbour much except lots of sand! However, the Kalahari is home to the second largest game reserve in the world, at around 53,000 sqkm! The desert and game reserve are home to wildebeest, zebra, lions and much more – just because it’s a harsh desert climate doesn’t mean there isn’t wildlife.
Go To Khama Rhino Sanctuary: This is a project run by the local community to help benefit the locality and wildlife, plus help to bring about more sustainable tourism to the area. The sanctuary enables you to view Rhinos and over 30 other animal species too!
Take A Trip To Chobe National Park: Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of animals in Africa, so it’s THE place for safaris. You can also catch all of the Big Five here – lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopards with an estimated 120,000 elephants.
Typical tasty delights from Botswana include:
Seswaa: A meat based stew with onions and peppers alongside a thick consistency of polenta makes up the national dish of Botswana.
Goat Meat: Although goat isn’t a national dish it is the most eaten meat in Botswana, so most of all the meat based dishes will be made with goat.
Pap: Most BBQ style meals are served with Pap, a word taken from the Dutch word meaning porridge. It’s a smooth and thick consistency mix of maize and sometimes milk, butter or Maas (fermented milk).
Take a look at what these two travel bloggers thought of Botswana…
Jodie from Alajode: "Although every safari destination is different, Botswana really is one of a kind. It has some of the friendliest people, safest streets and the people really live at one with nature. It’s a one of a kind trip – and many travellers pay over the odds to experience its uniqueness."
Louise from Original Travel: "For those of you who like to notch up your game sightings each day, I'd advise you to keep your list close to hand in every corner of Botswana. I'd already spotted elephant, hippo, giraffe and buffalo and I had yet to set foot in the real bush. The short flight from Maun into the Delta is spellbinding, right from take-off every face was glued to the window soaking up the sheer beauty of the glistening delta and the wildlife scattered across it."
Have you been to Botswana? Tweet @icelollyholiday & let us know what you thought!