Tourism in Botswana

  • UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/09/09 Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the initial six months of 2017, some 36 million additional than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, increase was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong request for international travel in the initial half of 2017, according to the new UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher increase since 2010. This represents the strongest half-year in seven years.
  • International Arrivals To Africa Reach More Than 18 Million In 2017

    BOTSWANA, 2017/09/09 Market Research Company Euromonitor International revealed before this week the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 % in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania accounted for 70 % of international trips to the Sub-Saharan African region.
  • Botswana desert turned into race track

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/29 Known for its rich diamonds resources and magnificent tourist attractions of the Okavango Delta, a lot of would at no time think motor racing would become one of the majority sought next activities of Botswana's tourism industry. The Kalahari Desert, covering most of the western part of the country, has just turned out to be a hub for off-road racing in this landlocked southern African country. This year marked a historic 30th edition of the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000km Desert Race, the biggest off-road racing event in southern Africa, with the winner getting a ticket to the world renowned Dakar Rally. It's the wee hours of the morning and large motor engines can be heard roaring and disturbing the tranquil often experienced in the small mining town of Jwaneng, at the entrance of the vast sands of the Kalahari Desert.
  • Elephant bunker in Botswana

    BOTSWANA, 2013/08/12 Senyati Safari Camp in Botswana has constructed an elephant bunker at their lodge near Kasane. It was a massive undertaking with huge earth works to dig a tunnel to allow people to walk quietly and unseen to the waterhole where they are allowed to watch and photograph wildlife at ground level. Anyone who has visited Senyati will tell stories of hundreds of elephants at a time visiting the waterhole in front of the bar each afternoon and particularly in the dry season at the same time as Oom Louw (Senyati’s owner) pumps fresh water in to give the desperate animals some respite from the bone dry savannah.