Botswana, the Jewel of Southern Africa

Where elephant’s tower across these beautiful and diverse ecosystems, showcasing extraordinary wildlife, friendly natured people who continually exhibit exceptional high standards of care and hospitality. There are many reasons to visit Botswana. This country has based its tourism industry on attracting discerning travellers who are willing to pay more for the privilege of visiting the remote areas of the country rather than trying to attract as many people as possible which would inevitably retract from the experience. Botswana has a genuine commitment to conservation of their environment, wildlife and cultural heritage making it a leader in eco-tourism. Over 38% of the land is protected for wildlife and nature conservation, which is an extraordinary feat.

There are so many ways to explore this vast country to feel close to the land, to meet its people, to feel its heat and dust, from the contrast of desert and delta by dugout canoe as the water ripples past you and the hippos chomp through the undergrowth. Your typical game drives in open sided 4×4 vehicles, which are of course well planned and professionally organised, but then there are also water safaris which with a similar setup but a completely different experience. You will meander through the waterways as opposed to trundling through the African bush. You can explore in depth by going on a mokoro excursion where you get to see wildlife from a very low perspective – from the eyelevel of a croc! Rent a House Boat on the Chobe River and experience true relaxation while experiencing Africa as you drift by. Crocodiles jostling for a riverside spot in the baking sun and elephant swimming with their trunks held high like snorkels while the fish eagles dive for their catch. Then as the sun dips, enjoy a cocktail while waiting for the night animals to emerge then perhaps a sleep out under the stars on the deck of your boat!

Quad biking safari’s are a must for the young at heart and a great way to see the salt pans and then for the more adventurous, mountain biking in the Mashatu Game Reserve. Guided Bushman walks in the Kalahari region are often a highlight for many visitors as your guides generally focus on the smaller and more delicate side of the environment such as local flora, the Bushman culture and the unique uses for everything you see.

Chobe Riverfront has the largest concentration of wildlife, while the Linyanti Marshes are famous for their rich concentration of predators. Savuti is more remote and soulful and perfect for those wanting to safaris with nothing but animals, plants and the stars for company. Botswana is the brightest jewels in the crown that is Africa!

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