Traveling to South Africa and its neighboring countries can be a great way to spend a holiday. Whether you plan to travel with children, alone, or with a significant other, South Africa can be a great country to visit. It offers plenty of natural attractions, cuisine and culture that you won’t find in your home country. If you are feeling adventurous and physically fit, you might be interested in trekking, cycling tour, kayaking, or mountain-hiking, to name just a few.
Another popular country for travelers who are feeling adventurous is Botswana. Lonely Planet noted over 56 activities to do, 54 sights to see, over 30 local tours to join and almost 30 restaurants to visit, to name just a few. Overall, there are more than 300 things to do that you can enjoy while you are in the country. For cheap flight deals, hotel packages, car rental services and a combination of the three you can visit FlightSite.co.za and search for the best offer. Here are few ideas on how to spend your days under the sun in Botswana:
1. Do natural sightseeing tour at several places
Chobe national park, the southwestern edge of Sowa Pan in Kubu Island, the community-run Nata Bird sanctuary in Sowa Pan, or the Moremi Gorge. Check out ancient rock paintings at Gobabis Hill, go to Krokavango Crocodile Farm or watch Botswana’s wildlife in the Gaborone Game Reserve.
2. Do some exciting activities while you are there
Take a tour that guides you through all the trails that are written in Alexander McCall-Smith’s popular detective series, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. You can take half-day short tour or two-day tour, the choice is yours. Since bush tea is served during the tour, you might want to bring along some canned food items or homemade marshmallows to make the most out of the camp fire. You may also want to check out the rural village of Thamaga where you can find Thamaga Pottery. Started in the 1970s by missionaries, it now sells a wide array of pottery products at good prices.
3. Try some of the local delicacies
Some of the popular dishes in Botswana are Pap (cooked maize balls with cabbage) or seswaa (salted mashed-up meat, cooked slowly in three-legged iron pot). Try their ginger beer, a non-alcoholic African version of the ginger ale or get some of their freshly made breads from a local shop, which are cooked in hot coals. A more adventurous foodie might want to try their cooked caterpillar-like grub, a popular local snack which when you post your photo eating it on your social network page, will immediately give you a bragging right.
When you plan to spend a holiday in African countries, it is best to get medical exam and vaccine shots from a licensed physician prior to your departure. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids during the day. You might want to bring your digital camera with you to capture the moments. Book your flight, car rental, and hotel room online to help you save money for your upcoming African getaway.