Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre, 15km south of Gaborone. www.mokolodi.com
Tsodilo Hills – believed by the Bushman to be the site of the Creation. Vast numbers of rock art paintings, including the well-known Dancing Willies. www.go2africa.com/botswana/tsodilo-hills
Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans on earth and at the centre, the extraordinary Kubu Island, a rocky outcrop crowned with baobabs, rising out of the dust. Extraordinary mirages – the ostriches seem to be standing on their heads. www.makgadikgadi.info/
Chobe National Park – home to some of the best and most exclusive game-viewing on earth and the site of Richard Burton’s second marriage to Elizabeth Taylor. Game indeed! www.chobe-national-park.com
Moremi – mopane, acacia, flood plains and lagoons on the edge of the Okavango Delta. Surely this is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt spots on earth.
Savuti – an unfenced camp in the middle of the reserve. The ablution blocks have fortifications to keep out the elephants so take shelter there if you are invaded. A number of luxury lodges exist nearby for more costly sanctuary. Nearly 300 species of bird have been recorded in Savuti. www.savuti.com
Nxai Pan – remote camp, favoured by Britain’s Prince Harry. Past the Baines Baobabs between Gweta and Maun. www.game-reserve.com/botswana_nxai-pan
Francistown – Botswana’s second biggest city was the centre of Africa’s first gold rush and is surrounded by abandoned mines.
Kasane, where four countries meet, and the Kazangula Ferry. The rather precarious car ferry that carried generations of foolhardy adventurers is now avoidable. There is a new bridge at Katima Mulilo but it’s a long way around. www.kasaneonline.com
Botswana’s Kalahari – on this side of the border with South Africa, there are 4x4 routes with rustic campsites for the hardy in the Transfrontier Park.