Botswana…is a role model for a successful working democracy in Africa and has the admirable distinction of never having been to war. Its now has a very large tourism industry second only in revenue to the export of diamonds.
Roughly the size of France or Texas, Botswana has about 40% of the entire country under some form of conservation practice. This is unprecedented in the world. The government has developed and practices very sensible and workable policies relating to tourism and wilderness management. The maintenance of a low volume, high quality approach to tourism, ensures low impact on the nation’s parks and private wildlife concessions.
The Kalahari Desert occupies most of Botswana but when rain falling over a thousand kms away reaches the Okavango Delta remarkable phenomena occurs; the region becomes an amazing wetland that sustains a large diversity of fauna and flora. The Okavango is the largest inland delta system in the world filled with water channels, lagoons, swamps and islands and, according to scientists, the waters of the Okavango Delta are among the purest of any inland waters in the world.
Moremi Game Reserve is at the heart of the Delta and offers a remarkable wildlife experience where you can enjoy the very best safari whether on foot, by mokoro (dugout canoe) or vehicle.
The terrain of the Chobe and Linyanti region in the northwest offer a wonderful contrast to the Delta with the riverine forests, dry woodland and grasslands. The Linyanti River and the Savuti Channel are points of interest in the area, particularly the erratic Savuti Channel, which in January 2010 resumed its flow again after having been dry since 1980. Exceptionally heavy rains have made it possible to once again explore the area by canoe. Large numbers of antelope including red lechwe, the rare sitatunga and roan can be seen. Predators such as lion and leopard are numerous and the rare wild dog is increasing its numbers.
The Kalahari Desert and the Makgadikgadi Pans offers a very different experience to the safari traveller, where species unique to the areas such as the shy brown hyena and the family oriented meerkats and the oryx (gemsbok) can be seen. When rains fall on the pans they become breeding grounds for huge flock of flamingos and other migratory birds.