Botswana Travel Guide
A land of breathtaking, untouched natural beauty in the very heart of Southern Africa, Botswana is the ultimate adventure playground for the wild at heart. Adapting its countrymenís innate passion for the preservation of their natural habitat through a strict high cost with low volume agenda they have created a tourist industry that is financially buoyant without encroaching on the fragile balance of nature. Combine this with the lucrative diamond trade and the most stable, harmonious political system in all of Africa and you have a recipe for one of the most successful and fastest growing economies in the world.
It is little wonder that, despite the cost, visitors still flock to Botswana; the flora and fauna are unrivalled anywhere in the country and the services provided beyond criticism. This is no rough and ready safari destination, this is five star all singing all dancing. Because of the low numbers in expedition parties youíre actually able to get frighteningly close to many of the animals especially the predators and larger beasts who have little to fear in the wild. The Okavango Delta is the favourite destination. This huge oasis in the Kalahari Desert is the largest inland delta on the planet and the wetlands are regarded as one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. 20% of the Delta is covered by the Moremi Game Reserve, home to elephants, buffalo, giraffes, lions, leopards and cheetahs to name just a few. Elsewhere the Chobe National Park has the largest elephant population in the world whilst the Trans-Frontier Park is home to some of the largest herds of wildebeest, gemsbok and springbok.
There are several other game reserves and national parks to choose from each with there own particular merits. Be sure however to always book ahead for accommodation, especially camping, as without doing so you will not get a tent. The service is excellent with superb food and always a well stocked bar. The night atmosphere is electric as you sip on fine wine under starlit desert skies and listen to lions, elephants and other wild beasts only yards from where you are seated. It may well be very expensive but as a life experience it is virtually unmatched.
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