The east of Botswana is not necessarily popular for hosting the tourist highlights of the country, however, on closer inspection, travellers will find some nice insider tips. The larger cities such as Francistown or Gaborone, are also not really the most exciting cities in Africa, but some nice spots can be found as well. Archaeologically, the east of Botswana has much to offer, including rock paintings and archaeological sites.
Geography and climate in Eastern Botswana
While most parts of Botswana are flat and rather unexciting, there are some scenic areas to the east of Botswana, most notably the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (Tuli Block).
As in the rest of Botswana, the climate of the East is characterized by pleasantly mild winters with almost no rain and warm to hot summers with heavy rainfall occuring ever now and then.
Flora and fauna in Eastern Botswana
The eastern part of Botswana is much more industrialized and urbanized and has a much higher population density than the rest of the country. Wildlife is less common here. In the parks of this region, however, there are a variety of wildlife species, for example the world's largest elephant population on private land.
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Places of interest - Northern Tuli Game Reserve
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve (often referred to as the Tuli Block) is one of Botswana's best-kept secrets. An alliance of several private concessions in the far east of Botswana froms one of the largest private game reserves in Southern Africa..
Places of interest - Khama Rhino Sanctuary
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a nice stop over in eastern Botswana, where you can see the endangered white and black rhinoceros. In addition to the rhinos, you can also observe jackals, wildebeests, various antelopes, giraffes, ostriches and many other animals.
Accommodation in Eastern Botswana
Masa Square Hotel
Hotel and conference center in Gaborone
Masa Square Hotel is a first class city hotel in Gaborone about 20 minutes away from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. The 85 standard rooms and 44 club rooms are nicely furnished and have air conditioning, a minibar and safe, shower, TV and WiFi.
Tuli Safari Lodge
Lodge in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve
Tuli Safari Lodge in the Tuli Block offers luxury accommodation in eight tented suites and two classic suites. The suites are erected on wooden wrap-around decks and provide provide a relaxing outdoor space with views over the Tuli grounds. All suites feature a large island bed, lounge area, freestanding bath and shower area and tea/coffee facilities.