Botswana is one of Africa’s great success stories. After achieving democratic rule in 1966, three of the world’s richest diamond-bearing formations were discovered within its borders. Today, the country enjoys a high standard of economic stability, education and health care. However, its modern veneer belies the fact that much of it remains wild. This largely trackless wilderness of wide-open spaces requires time and effort. For many veteran travellers, Botswana is the ultimate African safari destination. It’s a country for the intrepid and relatively wealthy traveller.
Most of Botswana lies at an average elevation of 1000 metres and consists of a vast, flat basin characterised by scrub-veld savannah. The Kalahari, a semi-desert expanse of sand dunes, covers large tracts of the country. In Northern Botswana, the Okavango River flows in from Namibia, leaking into the desert sands to form the beautiful water wonderland of the Okavango Delta. Because the Okavango Delta and Chobe River provide a year-round water supply, nearly all southern African mammal species are present in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Chobe National Park, two of Africa’s finest conservancies. This is classic safari country.