Country guides Africa
Botswana Travel Guide
Transformed since independence into one of the world's fastest growing economies, and home to the continent's oldest continuous democracy, Botswana is truly an African success story. For those who love the great outdoors, it offers unforgettable adventure in the heart of Southern Africa, where delta and desert come together.
The Okavango Delta is perhaps synonymous with the destination, its life-giving floodwaters journeying from the Angolan highlands down countless waterways and lagoons. The abundance and variety of wildlife to be found in this oasis is astonishing. Chobe National Park has the world's largest herds of Elephant, and Moremi Game Reserve is renowned for having some of the densest populations of wildlife on earth. The delta is all the more breathtaking for being on the edge of the barren Kalahari Desert.
The Kalahari has one of the largest unbroken stretches of sand on the planet. These great dunes give way to the remarkable salt plains of the Makgadikgadi and Nxai pans, and the 3,000-year-old baobab trees on Kubu Island. On the southern edge of the Kalahari lie the characteristic red dunes and sparse scrub of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. 'Place of thirst' in the local tongue, the rains are said to fall here just once a century. However, the park is home to iconic predators and huge herds of Springbok, Gemsbok, Wildebeest and Eland. The enormous Central Kalahari National Park is ruled by black-maned lions, and is still witness to the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the indigenous San people.
All the wildlife and wilderness leaves little foothold for people in this sparsely populated country. Gaborone, the capital, houses around ten percent of the total population and is growing quickly, with blossoming attractions of its own. Botswana promises the ultimate safari adventure, and visitors can be sure of the trip of a lifetime.