Other Regions in Botswana

Other areas of interest include the Tsodilo Hills, Khutse and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier was the first ‘Peace Park’ developed by combining the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa, and the Gemsbok and Mabuesehube national parks in Botswana. The park is dominated by the dune landscape of the region. There are only four roads in the park, mainly suitable to four-wheel drive vehicles, two follow the water courses of the Nossob and Auob rivers and have numerous ‘loops’, with the other two joining the river roads by travelling in a roller coaster manner over the dunes. There is limited accommodation in the Botswana section, and access is usually easiest from the South African entrance at Twee Rivieren.

In an otherwise flat landscape, the Tsodilo Hills rise off the plain to the west of the Okavango panhandle and unsurprisingly, are steeped in local folklore.  Inscribed as a World Heritage Site, the hills contain over 4,500 rock art paintings. Archaeological discoveries have shown that people have lived here for around 100 000 years.

Khutse is a small reserve which lies on the southern boundary of the Central Kalahari. There is no permanent accommodation so one needs to camp. The reserve is part of an ancient river system and contains a series of pans which form the nucleus of any game viewing. It was the second reserve in Botswana to be created on tribal lands (1971) and there are a number of San communities on the periphery.