Botswana : Gcwihaba (Drotsky’s) cave | Nata Bird Sanctuary | Kubu Island


Set n the undulating Kalahari dunes, Gchwihaba caves are one of the wildest tourist destinations in Botswana. The caves are curtained in stalactites and have got magnificent rock features and are home to a large number of bats. The inside of the caves is dark and noisy but harmless so it is advisable to carry flash lights when going in. Caves, hallways, frozen waterfalls, inlets are to be encountered in the caves and a tale of hidden treasure in the cave by a wealthy founder of Ghanzi, stashed away  in the caves in the late 19th century is told.


Established in the early 1990’s, Nata bird sanctuary is the only protected reserve in the area. The sanctuary is located on the north eastern edge of Sowa Pan and is 230 square kilometres large. The sanctuary is home to over 165 bird and animal species. Bird species include: King fishers, bee-eaters, bustards, eagles, ostriches. It should be observed that when Nata river flows, water loving species from around Africa converge at the sanctuary. Among those are pelicans, geese, teals, ducks and flamingoes (both greater and lesser flamingoes).It is mostly a breeding ground for pelicans and flamingoes. Mammals present at the sanctuary include: Reedbuck, kudu, monkeys, foxes, jackals, spring boks, squirrels. Zebras, gemsboks and elands are being reintroduced at the sanctuary.

There is a campsite complete with flush toilets, hot showers and barbeque sites.


Kubu island is a granite rock sorrounded by a 100km salt sea and mostly topped by stunted baobab trees. The rock island is elevated 20 metres above the land and is covered by mystical stone walls. Originally known as Lekhubu which is Setswana for a hill, Stone Age cutting tools, pieces of pottery not less than 2.000 years old can be found on the island. Kubu island is easily accessed from Francis town as it is slightly more than 200 kilometres away.