Botswana

CAPITALS: GABARONE
AREA: - Total   581,730 km2 (48th)  224,610 sq mi 
- Water (%)2.6
POPULATION: 2.12 million
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH, SETSWANA
CURRENCY: BOTSWANA PULA
TIME ZONE: CAT (UTC+2)
DIALING CODE: +267
WET SEASON: JULY - OCTOBER
DRY SEASON: NOVEMBER - MARCH

A safari in Botswana means a wilderness adventure to one of the most pristine wildlife destinations in Africa.

This vast and untamed land offers a varied safari experience across the broad and flat expanse of savannah, desert, salt pan and wetland. The Kalahari Desert makes up more than 80% of this landlocked country. The vast sponge into which the swollen Okavango River disappears each year creates the largest inland delta in the world - the Okavango Delta. In the northwest, lies Chobe National Park, home to the largest population of elephants in the world.

Botswana has one of the lowest population densities in the world, and with it's exclusive tourism policies, the wilderness attractions are largely unspoilt country in Africa center of and uncrowded, promising an unparalleled African adventure experience.

TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT:

  • Herds of wildlife can be found throughout the country, both in and outside the national parks, with growing concentrations in the northern tourist area. 
  • The country has the largest population of elephants in the world and is home to a migrant population of over 120,000 of these massive creatures and this make out the most popular reasons to visit Botswana.
  • In the center of the Africa continent tourist find the Okavango is a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over 17,000 square kilometres and the largest inland delta in the world. 
  • Trapped in the parched Kalahari sands it is a magnet for the wildlife who depend on the permanent waters of this unique feature.
  • The Kalahari desert which covers most of Botswana is the largest stretch of wind-blown sand of Africa, and hides many remarkably adapted creatures which can be found in its striking, stark landscapes.
  • The flat salt-baked expanse of the Makgadikgadi pans which, with the adjacent national park, covers an area as large as Portugal, is the bed of a once massive Africa super-lake that covered much of center and northern Botswana.
  • In the rainy season this unique landscape is filled with water and remarkable bird and wildlife. The country is a birdlovers' paradise with almost 600 species of birds including many unique and rare specimens which can be seen throughout the country. When the Makgadikgadi fills with the annual rains hundreds of thousands of waterbirds migrate to the country adding to the colourful spectacle.
  • Botswana has a rich cultural history, much of which is being discovered daily by amateur archaeologists. This includes the stone wall ruins, patterned pottery and Stone Age tools that litter the countryside, not to mention the many rock art sites that punctuate the center & rocky rim of the sandy interior of the country.
  • The art galleries of TsodiloThe mystical Tsodilo Hills west of the Okavango delta are not only the richest rock art site in southern Africa with over 4,000 catalogued paintings, but this geological feature is a sacred site of the Stone Age San people. This center area is alive with legends and, as the local San will testify, the gods of old are still strong at Tsodilo.
  • Enviable infrastructureToday there is a well developed road and rail network throughout the country. Many of the tourist attractions, can be found in the camps deep in the heart of the wilderness areas, almost all of which are accessible by road or air.

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