Botswana is a flat, landlocked country and with only around 2 million people, it is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Diamond mining and tourism are two of the main industries for the country and since its independence in 1966, Botswana has had the highest average economic growth rate in the world! The capital of Botswana is Gabarone, the business hub to the south of the country, but Maun is the ‘tourism capital’ and the gateway to the safari lodges in the north.
“Chic wilderness” might be the best way to describe Botswana’s very unique safari experience. Botswana Tourism has chosen to follow a high yield, low impact approach to the safari experience and so accommodation is typically more luxurious and elegant. Camps are usually tented and non-permanent in order to lessen long term environmental impact. Vast areas of the country have been set aside for conservation with only a very limited number of camps having access to these wildlife areas. With only a few small, intimate and luxurious camps being allowed in its wildlife sanctuaries such as the Makgadikgadi Pans of the Kalahari and the Okavango Delta, the vast space and lack of competing tourist traffic makes the sense of wilderness here simply astounding.
Offering the highest quality and most expensive safari experience in Southern Africa, its wildlife viewing opportunities can only be described as absolutely superb, with great diversity between its major safari areas. Botswana is home to one of the few remaining large populations of African Wild Dog and Chobe National Park in the north of the country has the largest concentration of elephant in the world! Other wildlife reserves such at Nxai Pan, Moremi game reserve in the Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in the Ghanzi district, are major attractions for zebra, wildebeest, various antelope species and the predators that follow such as lions, leopards , cheetah, wild dog and hyena.
We’ve done our best to put together Botswana tour packages that offer the best value for money and include excellent accommodation, activities and game viewing experiences based on our own personal encounters. If however, you’d like to travel for a longer or shorter period of time, or visit specific safari camps or game reserves, we’d be delighted to tailor a customized Safari package to your specific requirements.
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Almost 80% of the population is made up of the Tswana speaking people and only a few thousand Bushmen who follow the traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle still remain. In certain villages where palm trees are prevalent, the art of basketry for commercial purposes is noted and the intricate designs, colors and styles are often used in lodge décor.
Typically warm throughout the year with winter temperatures (June-Aug) cold on early morning game drives and after sunset. Summer temperatures (Oct – Feb) can be very hot but interspersed with spectacular thunderstorms and short rain showers to provide relief.
With limited road infrastructure, most safari travel within the country is by small aircraft and our Southern African partner ‘Wilderness Safaris’ provides excellent flight access that is extremely well organized for your safari holiday.