Attractions Nearby Botswana, Day Trips and Excursions

(Botswana, BW, Southern Africa)

Breathtaking aerial picture of South Africa's Cape Town and Table MountainBotswana is a beautiful holiday destination in its own right. However, visitors with a little extra time on their hands may wish to explore attractions further afield.

Nearby Zambia, South Africa and Namibia all have a great deal to offer in the way of attractions, and from Botswana are generally easiest to reach by means of a short plane flight. For the spectacular Victoria Falls to vast national parks and stunning southern Africa scenery, these attractions deserve to be experienced in the flesh.

Different view of Cape Town, in South Africa

South Africa

Just across the border from southern Botswana, South Africa has the benefit of easy access and a packed catalogue of tourist attractions. The bustling cosmopolitan cities of both Cape Town and Johannesburg, the suburb of Soweto, and the nearby city of Pretoria all boast a wide variety of historical landmarks, museums and galleries. For those in search of a little glitz along with their sunshine, South Africa's popular Sun City resort is a short distance from Johannesburg.

Image of the famous Victoria Falls


The current political situation in Zimbabwe means that the country is not a popular tourist destination. Main attractions include the Victoria Falls - the Falls lie on the very border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. This breathtaking waterfall is regarded to be one of the esteemed Seven Natural Wonders of the World, being some 1,700 metres / 5,575 feet wide and cascading more than 100 metres / 328 feet to the waters below. The Hwange National Park is nearby and is Zimbabwe's largest game reserve, covering some 5,635 square miles / 14,600 square kilometres.

Close-up photo of the Victoria Falls


Few visitors to Botswana can resist crossing the border into neighbouring Zambia to witness the spectacle of the Victoria Falls. As well as being home to the world's largest waterfall, Zambia can also list the Zambezi River among its main attractions, along with a host of national parks. These include the vast Kafue National Park. The capital city of Lusaka is a lively spot with plenty to see and do.

Photograph of Namibia's Waterberg Plateau Park


Whilst most visitors to Namibia head straight to its infamous Skeleton Coast, the capital city Windhoek is well worth more than a quick glance. Windhoek is a great opportunity to view some fine colonial architecture, museums and art galleries. Other attractions here in Namibia include the Waterberg Plateau Park and the narrow strip of land known as the Caprivi Strip. Sandwiched neatly in between Angola and the north of Botswana, this area is known for its national parks and reserves. A verdant landscape, crisscrossed by rivers, makes this a great place to spot everything from white lions to hippos.