Botswana

Botswana is without doubt one of Africa's finest safari destinations

Photo : Duba Plains, Okavango Delta
Credit : Beverly Joubert

Botswana

Botswana is without doubt one of Africa's finest safari destinations

Photo : Kalahari Plains
Credit : Dana Allen

Botswana

Botswana is without doubt one of Africa's finest safari destinations

Photo : Seba Camp, Okavango Delta

Botswana

Botswana is without doubt one of Africa’s finest safari destinations.

At the heart of Botswana’s safari areas is the Okavango Delta, where Africa’s third-largest river fans across desert sands in a myriad of shimmering waterways and lagoons, giving birth to a green oasis half the size of Switzerland. A safari here is unique and a game watcher’s paradise as one of the world’s richest ecosystems teems with wildlife of all kinds. Though much of the water is seasonal, there are some permanent rivers, and mokoros (traditional poled canoes) glide silently by groves of papyrus and iridescent flocks of birds.

To the north of the Delta the Chobe River, within easy driving distance of the Victoria Falls, attracts some of Africa’s largest elephant herds; while to the south the extraordinary Makgadikgadi and Nxai pans, drum-flat and shimmering in the sun, give way to the stunning dunes of the Kalahari, home to Bushmen communities. In Botswana’s spectacular and pristine environment tourism treads lightly, with safari lodges kept small and eco-sensitive, visitor numbers strictly limited and man’s intrusion controlled.

Full Name
The Republic of Botswana
Population
2 million (UN, 2012)
Capital
Gaborone
Area
581,730 sq km (224,607 sq miles)
Major Languages
English (official), Setswana
Major religion
Christianity, indigenous beliefs
Monetary Unit
1 Pula = 1—thebe
Main Exports
Diamonds, copper, nickel, beef
Flight time from London
10 hours to Johannesburg, 2 hour connection to Maun
Time Difference
GMT + 2
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