Botswana lies at the heart of Southern Africa covering almost 582,000 square kilometers, of which 39 percent is set aside for national parks and private concessions. The country offers extreme comparative ecosystems, from the lush, well watered green lands of the Okavango Delta to the harsh arid scrubland of the Kalahari. Animals wander freely across vast reserves measured in square kilometers as opposed to hectares, and as home to fewer than two million people, Botswana’s wild places remain relatively undisturbed by man.
Stone Age tools discovered at Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, San paintings in the Tsodilo Hills and the ancient riverbeds of the Savuti give a glimpse into Botswana’s enticing history, scarcely altered under British colonial administration, which concluded in 1966. Botswana, once one of the poorest countries in Africa, made a timely discovery of diamonds that transformed it into one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The government quickly evolved into a beacon of stability and prosperity, a true African success story.
Botswana is defined by democracy, closely aligned with the western concept of this system through the traditional tribal kgotla. The people of Botswana exude a sense of national confidence and pride, reflected in their approach to tourism. The thriving eco-tourism industry is the envy of the continent, and the government’s philosophy of low impact is achieved through minimizing numbers at a handsome price. This highly sophisticated approach and emphasis on high-end travel ensures that Botswana remains the African destination for the connoisseur.
An ideal destination for a first safari, Botswana is exciting within the comfort of familiarity, however scratch deeper and this land of staggering beauty consistently assures unsurpassable experiences and adventures. The opportunities to view authentic wildlife interactions are second to none, with more than 160 species of mammals and 600 bird species. Endless pristine wilderness, ultimate luxury and exclusivity, Botswana is the destination for the discerning traveller.