The harsh climate of Deception Valley, a remote section of the Kalahari, deters people from living there. As a result, it's become one of the most pristine wildlife habitats in the world.
Take flight across Botswana's sprawling Kalahari Desert, through its life-giving Okavango Delta, and deep into its dynamic history. Botswana's landscape is home to giant wildlife reserves, four-billion-year-old rock formations, salt flats the size of Portugal, and a rich vein of gemstones. During the journey, Botswana's history of ancient civilizations, missionary icons, notorious slave traders, and enormous wealth are brought to life.
Access even more free Smithsonian Channel full episodes and documentaries online through participating TV providers.
Find out if your television provider carries Smithsonian Channel.
Don't panic! It's simple to upgrade to the latest version of one of these browsers:
Don't panic! To get the best possible experience on smithsonianchannel.com we recommend you upgrade your operating system.
For the best possible site experience, please use Chrome for Android.
Add username "SmithsonianChan" on Snapchat for fun and fascinating facts. We'll be sharing spontaneous photos and videos as inspiration strikes.