For those of us used to bustling cities, traffic, and buildings that stretch into the skyline, Botswana and Zambia offer a welcome, completely breathtaking, change of pace. Thundering waterfalls, meandering rivers, windswept desert vistas, endless plains stocked with wildlife – and stalked by the most fearsome predators on the planet. For travelers seeking wonder and excitement, there are no better destinations.
Why do adventurous travelers choose Botswana and Zambia? These African nations are not overrun with crowds, and you are apt to see more animals and birds than tourists. This creates an exclusive feel, a sense that you are among the lucky, and the savvy, who get to experience this world.
Modern hotels have become much more common in the region, but why not opt for a more authentic feel – and get a little closer to nature? Safari accommodations, which range from luxurious lodges to rustic camping opportunities, give you a front row seat to the area’s best attractions. A glimpse at some of the must-see and must-do features:
- Victoria Falls. You cannot skip the “Smoke that Thunders,” as much as you might think it’s just another tourist attraction. The first roar of 500 million cubic meters of water cascading down basalt cliffs will drive those thoughts away. Whether you want to bungee jump, raft, take a wildlife walk, or just marvel, taking in the falls from the Zambia side will be a highlight of your stay.
- Safaris. As essential as a visit to Victoria Falls, safaris are an integral – and captivating – part of your Botswana/Zambia adventure. Apply some sunscreen, grab your camera, and keep a watchful eye for the Big Five and other beautiful residents of the African plains. Choose to explore by boat, vehicle, or on foot. Nearly 20 percent of Botswana’s land is designated for wildlife protection; you will never lack for opportunities to spot playful elephants, graceful antelope, or wading hippos.
- National Parks and Game Reserves. Both destinations boast extensive National Parks and protected wildlife reserves. Not only does this give you the chance to see animals most other people only see in zoos, but it provides an array of activities. Whether you choose a game drive, guided trail walk, fishing, or want to try your hand at navigating a mokoro, you will do so against a stunning backdrop.
Visiting Botswana and Zambia is a once in a life time adventure. So rewarding and spectacular, you’ll be more than tempted to make it a twice or thrice in a lifetime adventure!