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Destination Botswana

 

Botswana is a landlocked country in the middle of southern Africa. It shares borders with South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, Zambia to the north east and Zimbabwe to the east. With a mere 2 million inhabitants (largely distributed in the east and south of the country) it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world; consequently, it has vast tracts of wilderness. The predominant habitat is Kalahari desert with the world famous Okavango Delta forming a huge and spectacular oasis in the north-west.

We are a multiparty democracy that gained independence from Britain in 1966. At the time of independence Botswana was one of the poorest countries in Africa. The discovery of diamonds at Orapa in 1967, and sound political leadership, transformed the country, promoting the fastest growing economy in the world in the 80’s. Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable non-oil producing countries and has been a shining example of a country dedicated to peace, the rule of law, and the upholding of human rights. Indeed, it has an unequalled record in this respect.

Botswana is a relatively flat country with an average altitude of about 1000 m above sea level. It has shown itself to be a nation with an enlightened conservation policy that has seen 17% of the country (the size of France or Texas) set aside for wildlife conservation and management. A further 21% is private concession areas totalling to a huge 39%. By choosing Botswana you are coming to the last unspoilt wilderness left today. This is the Africa you hoped still existed, the Africa you always wanted to see.