Botswana

The Journey Begins Here

Land of the Elephants

With the rolling flatlands and dominated by famous locations like the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert, and Chobe National Park, it’s no wonder that Botswana is a popular destination. With the diverse areas of habitat—delta, desert, grasslands, savanna—and a long history of conversation, there are so many different types of wildlife to see including antelopes, springbok, elan, cheetah, hyenas, the blue wildebeest featured in our logo, over 350 species of birds, and the largest African elephant population in the world, concentrated around Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. It is best to visit in winter (May to August) when animals are most active and in the hot springtime months of September and October when the animals concentrate around water holes and rivers.

People have lived in Botswana for around 2 million years as hunter/gatherers. Cave paintings here have been dated to about 73,000 years old. Chobe River in the north provides a boundary with Namibia. Chobe meets Zambezi in Kazungula. With just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the least densely populated countries in the world (236 out of 254 countries), with 10% of the population in the capital, Gaborone. The surface water is rare in Botswana, covering less than 5% of the land surface. Their coat of arms is inscribed with the word “Pula” which literally means “rain” but is also used as “good luck” and is the name of their currency, demonstrating the reliance and importance of rain in daily Botswanan life. The different tribes have different ways of greeting each other, including a three-way handshake, or you can just say “dumelang”.

Recommended Destimations

Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta/Moremi Game Reserve, Kalahari Desert/Central Kalahari Game Reserve

  • Chobe National Park

  • Okavango Delta/Moremi Game Reserve

  • Kalahari Desert/Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Safari Essentials

What to see

Chobe National Park

Unspoiled safari playground, Chobe is world renowned for wildlife viewings, with the highest animal density in all of Africa, and especially its elephants, largest lion prides, and big herds of buffalo.
Matched with beautiful landscapes and stunning riverfront. The visitors are to the park are modulated, keeping it feeling natural and peaceful. Compared to the Kalahari and Okavango, the landscape is bushier when away from the water, with fewer open areas. Once the dry season begins, herds seek out permanent water, so are often viewed on the move. Zebra, impala, warthog, baboon, kudu, over 450 bird species, amongst many others, are commonly seen. Although less common, the area is also host to cheetah, leopard, and Africa’s rare wild dog. White rhino were also reintroduced in 2001, they are rarely seen, but are spreading. Take a river cruise, 4x4 safari, or a guided bush walk. All lodges are unfenced, so some minimum age requirements exist for certain areas.

Okavango Delta/Moremi Game Reserve

An untouched paradise in the Okavango Delta, the reserve is the oldest protected section.

Covered by many rivers, floodplains, lagoons, acacia forests, and papyrus rivers. So many ecosystems flow into one another, providing a unique habitat. Accessible from Maun, the bustling small capital of the Okavango.

Accommodation are all called “camps” here but ranging from tented safari camps to raised river-side and luxury camps.

Kalahari Desert/Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Listen to the roars of the lions in the evening, then go look for them either on a 4x4 safari led by bushman guides.

Nothing will prepare you for the immensity, beauty and wild beauty of this reserve. Tall grasslands with scrub and brilliant stars filling a seemingly endless sky at night. The flat landscape makes the reserve appear endless. Deception Valley in the north frequently harbours red hartebeest, wildebeest, oryx, ostrich, springbok, eland, hyena, giraffe, and even wild dog can be found.

What to do

  • Safaris
  • Quad biking
  • Mokoro (local wooden canoe) ride
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding treks
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • River rides
  • Game drives
  • 4x4 tours
  • Golf

The Stats

  • Official name
    Republic of Botswana
  • Population
    2.250 million (2016)
  • Language
    English, Setswana
  • Currency
    Botswana pula (BWP)
  • Area
    581,730 km2
  • People
    80% Tswana, 10% Kalanga
  • Established
    Independence from the U.K. September 30, 1966
  • Capital
    Gaborone
  • Part of
    UN, Commonwealth, South African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU)
  • Economy
    fastest growth rates in per capita income since independence. Transforming from one of the poorest countries to an upper-middle income country. Dominated by mining, cattle, and tourism. GDP of about $18,825 USD – one of the highest in AFrica
  • Banking
    Sound fiscal policy, negligible foreign debt, highest credit rating in Africa. Adheres to global standards, with over 12 licensed banks.
  • Transportation
    Decent rail lines, roads, and 92 airports, 12 of which have paved runways
  • Government
    Unitary democratic parliamentary republic, oldest African democracy
  • Military focus
    only on poaching, preparation for disasters, and foreign peacekeeping
  • Main industries
    Diamonds/mining, agriculture, tourism
  • Rainy season
  • Borders
    South Africa to the south, Namibia to the west and by the Caprivi strip to the north, and Zimbabwe to the east
  • Sport
    Football, cricket
  • Religion
    80% Christian, 15% No religion, remainder African traditional religion

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