The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency of murder-mystery book fame might be fictional. But it doesn’t get any realer than the Kalahari Desert and Okavango wetlands — thelarger-than-life landscapes that cover so much of Botswana.
One of Africa’s premier safari destinations, the Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest wetlands, similar in many respects to the Everglades of southern Florida, but populated by vastly different creatures. Encircled by luxury tented camps, the Okavango is best explored by boat, especially the mokoro wooden dugouts canoes used by locals to navigate the waterways.
The Kalahari is best explored by four-wheel-drive, safaris to the massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve (one of the planet’s largest protected areas), the mirage-filled Makgadikgadi Pans, and the unique Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that Botswana shares with South Africa. The Kalahari also offers a chance to interact with the Bushman or San people who have called the desert home for thousands of years.