Photographic Books

Botswana is a beautiful country whose natural wonders have attracted some of the world's best wildlife and nature photographers. Their work provides a wonderful introduction to the country.  Here are a few of the best:

  • Okavango: Africa's Last Eden (Frans Lanting)
  • Okavango: A Journey (Robyn Keene-Young and Adrian Bailey)
  • Okavango: Jewel of the Kalahari (Karen Ross)
  • Africa (Michael Poliza)
  • Eyes Over Africa (Michael Poliza)

The last two books, while covering other countries as well as Botswana, have some of the most stunning images ever produced of Botswana's wildlife and wilderness areas.  Excerpts can be viewed on the author's website, http://www.poliza.de

 

Guidebooks

Botswana is a bit off the beaten track, so the guidebook selection is slim compared to more well-known destinations. There's only one up-to-date guidebook which focuses exclusively on Botswana (the Bradt guide).  Fortunately it's an excellent guidebook, and has tonnes of detail for people who are looking to learn about the country.  It covers a wide range of options from budget travel to uber-luxury.

Lonely Planet has a guide which combines Botswana with Namibia.  Like most Lonely Planet guides it focuses on the needs of the budget traveller.

Ian Michler's 'Botswana: An Insider's Guide' is a bit out of date in terms of practical information, but provides an excellent portrait of the country.

  • Bradt Guide to Botswana
  • Lonely Planet: Botswana and Namibia
  • Botswana: An Insider's Guide

Background reading

These books provide some insight into Botswana's history and culture, and will help to give you a sense of the country before you arrive.

  •    Botswana Time (Will Randall) The humorous and very touching story of how a young man from England gets co-opted as a guide on an overland safari through Namibia and Botswana and then inadvertantly ends up as a primary school teacher in Kasane. Whether you intend visiting Botswana or not, this is one of the most enjoyable travel books you could read. If you visit the Chobe area you'll probably pass through Kasane at some stage so this provides a wonderful image of the place.
  • The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series (Alexander McCall Smith) This best-selling series is set in Gaborone, Botswana's capital, and follows the adventures of Botswana's most famous detective, the traditionally-built Precious Ramotswe. A film of the first book has been completed and is scheduled to be released in 2008.

Travel DVD or Videos

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVDs in your local area.

  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVDs or  Videos on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site

Getting There

Traveling in Botswana can be achieved on your own in national parks or by booking all-encompassing safaris with tour operators. These trips are guided and generally offer more remote experiences.