Botswana has one of the lowest population densities in the world, and with it's exclusive tourism policies, the wilderness attractions are largely unspoiled and uncrowded, promising and unparalleled African adventure experience.
Herds of wildlife can be found throughout the country, both in and outside the national parks, with growing concentrations in the northern tourist areas. Botswana has the largest population of elephants in the world and is home to a migrant population of over 120,000 of these massive creatures.
The largest inland delta
The Okavango is a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over 17, 000 square kilometers and the largest inland delta in the world. Trapped in the parched Kalahari sands it is a magnet for the wildlife who depend on the permanent waters of this unique feature.
The Kalahari dessert which covers most of Botswana is the largest stretch of wind-blown sand on the planet, and hides many remarkably adapted creatures which can be found in its striking, stark landscapes.
The ancient super-lake
The flat salt-backed expanse of the Makgadikgadi pans which, with the adjacent national park, covers an area as large as Portugal, is the bed of a once massive super-lake that covered much of central and northern Botswana. In the rainy season this unique landscape is filled with water and remarkable bird and wildlife.
An aviary of bird life
Botswana is a bird lovers paradise with almost 600 species of birds including many unique and rare specimens which can be seen throughout the country. When the Makgadikgadi fills with the annual rains hundreds of thousands of water birds migrate to Botswana adding to the colourful spectacle.
Botswana has a rich cultural history, much of which is being discovered daily by amateur archaeologists. This includes the stone wall ruins, patterned pottery and Stone Age tools that litter the countryside, not to mention the many rock art sites that punctuate the rocky rim of the sandy interior of the country.
The art galleries of Tsodilo
The mystical Tsodilo Hills west of the Okavango delta are not only the richest rock are site in the southern Africa with over 4000 catalogued paintings, but this geological feature is a sacred site of the stone age San people. The area is alive with legends and, as the local San will testify, the gods of old are still strong at Tsodilo.
Today there is a well developed road and rail network throughout the country. Many of the tourist attractions, can be found in the camps deep in the heart of the wilderness areas, almost all of which are accessible by road or air.
Peace and quiet
Unlike much of Africa, Botswana is a safe and secure holiday destination, with little crime and no unrest. The people are passive and content, and with a growing number of successful community based tourism initiatives, there is a widespread appreciation of tourists and the revenue they bring to the country. Only normal precautions need to be taken with valuables.