Botswana is an ancient land, home to two of the most successful tribes in Africa, the Tswana and Kalanga. When the colonial powers left in the 1960s, Botswana didn’t fall into strife like the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Instead, it became a jewel in the crown of the region, boasting some of the finest holiday destinations. Now the country is famous for being a success story and drawing tourists from all over the globe. With so many reasons to visit, it’s not hard to see why.
Botswana is A True Wilderness
None of the colonial powers ever actually set up in Botswana. They saw it as a road to the interior of Africa, and little else. As a result, the country is vast and mostly empty. That means that you get to enjoy your own private wild landscapes. And you get to enjoy some of the most stunning vistas the African Savannah has to offer.
Botswana is Committed to Conservation
Because Botswana is wealthy, it can afford to care for the environment. This is great news for tourists since we all get to enjoy the pristine environment. Botswana leads the world in terms of the proportion of its area dedicated to wildlife. Some 38 percent of the land area of the country is in the form of national parks. That means that nature has a true retreat here.
Botswana is the Ultimate Safari Experience
If you want to go on an authentic Africa safari, Botswana should be at the top of your list. Because there is such an emphasis on conservation, wildlife is everywhere. You’ll see all the large fauna you’ve seen on TV as well as some you haven’t.
Great experiences also punctuate the safari experience in Botswana. You’ll be able to experience the thrill of a game drive. You’ll get up close and personal with elephants. And you’ll have an opportunity to go horseback riding in the Botswana outback.
It’s Home to the Chobe National Park
The Chobe is one of the biggest rivers that traverses the length of the country. Along part of its length is the Chobe National Park. This park, like so many in Botswana, faithfully preserves the beautiful, natural environment. But it is also home to the highest concentration of elephants anywhere in Africa. Here you can actually get up close with elephants and view rhinos and crocodiles from afar.
English is Spoken Throughout
One of the biggest problems of travelling to some places south of the Sahara is the lack of spoken English. Not so in Botswana. The country committed to high standards of education decades ago. Young Botswana children learn English from a young age, and most adults born after 1980 are fluent.
It’s Home to the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta. And it’s stunning. So stunning in fact that it has been dubbed the “jewel of the Kalahari.” Like deltas all over the world, the Okavango Delta is overflowing with stunning wildlife. Here you’ll see all sorts of interesting, tropical birds and experience deep tranquillity. Well, as long as the crocodiles stay away.