Remarkably spectacular, Botswana encompasses striking salt pans, diamond-rich deserts and fertile flood plains teaming with game. The north offers superb wildlife-watching opportunities, making this one of southern Africa's top safari destinations with uncompromising memorable experience.
The jewel in Botswana's crown is the Okavango Delta - the largest inland delta in the world. Its seasonal lagoons and waterways are crammed with hovering birds, while zebras and giraffes amble across vast grass flats. Northeast of Okavango is Chobe National Park, home to gigantic elephant herds, some of them 400-strong.
Botswana is one of Africa's success stories. Since gaining independence in 1966, it has achieved steady economic growth through successful exploitation of its agricultural potential and its enviable diamond reserves. Botswana remains a peaceful and stable nation of remarkable natural beauty.
A sizable proportion of the country - over 40% - is given over to national parks, reserves and private concessions, where tourists crane their necks out of jeeps to check out the roving animals. But Botswana's policy of favoring low-impact luxury tourism ensures that even the most famous game-viewing areas rarely feel crowded.
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The country is situated in the Southern African region and about two-thirds of Botswana lies within the Tropics; it is bisected by the Tropic of Capricorn (the imaginary line of latitude which is 23° 30' south of Equator) just south of the town of Mahalapye. This is the most southern latitude where the sun is directly overhead at noon. This happens on December 22st, the longest day of the year in this hemisphere.
The eastern hardveld, where 80% of the country's population lives and where its three largest urban centres are situated, is a wide strip of land running from the north at Ramokgwebane to the south at Ramatlabama. Read more...
10 REASONS TO VISIT BOTSWANA
- Beautiful Wilderness - Botswana is blessed with some of Africa’s most beautiful wilderness areas that provide a haven for great numbers of animals – 17% of Botswana is set aside for wilderness preservation.
- Awesome Contrast - Botswana is a land of awesome contrasts – from the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert to the crystal clear waters of the world’s largest inland Delta – The Okavango Delta
- Spectacular Safari- Game-viewing by Mokoro (dug-out) canoes in the Delta is unforgettable, birding is excellent and angling is rewarding.
- Unique Reserves - The unique Central Kalahari Game Reserve, at 54,600 square km or 21,060 square miles, is the largest reserve in Botswana and one of the largest in Africa.
- Greatest Elephant Concentraction - Chobe National Park, and in particular the Chobe River system is home to Africa’s greatest concentration of elephants.
- Largest Migrations - The Makgadikgadi and Savute areas feature an annual summer migration of zebra and antelope – two of the largest migrations on the continent.
- Luxury Accommodation - A variety of luxury lodges and camps allow visitors to experience the diversity of Botswana’s wilderness areas
- Heritage - San rock paintings can be seen in certain areas, including Tsodilo Hills, featuring 3500 paintings and recently proclaimed a World Heritage site
- Accessability - Botswana is easily accessible from Johannesburg, Windhoek and Victoria Falls
- Tourist Policy - Botswana has a policy of low tourist impact