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The landlocked country of Botswana is an amazingly wild place, which even today remains relatively untouched. It is a diverse mix of great swathes of desert, vast salt pans and water filled deltas, all offering refuge for all manner of animal and bird life.
With its seemingly endless supply of diamonds, since achieving democratic rule back in the 1960’s Botswana has been able to enjoy a high standard of economic stability, medical care and education which makes it an attractive prospect for the visitor. That said, Botswana still remains a great choice for the discerning safari traveller, with much of the country rarely explored. Botswana is not really a country for the budget traveller (although a few options do exist!) as the government advocates a policy of encouraging high cost low volume tourism. The country boasts a number of luxury lodges that fit this criterion, and whilst a visit to Botswana is more expensive than one to its nearby neighbours, the experience of encountering wildlife in relative isolation is something that is often difficult to find elsewhere. A visit to Botswana definitely makes travellers feel that they are able to get off the beaten track!
With much of the country’s population settled around the far eastern border, great areas of Botswana are populated only by wildlife. From the famous Okavango Delta with its emerald green waters which provide nourishment for a whole magnitude of species, and the vast salt pans of the Makgadikgadi across which herds of wildebeest, zebra and other animals migrate to the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, there is something here to appeal to everyone.
One of the best times to visit is during the Autumn (March/April) by which time the flood waters have reached the delta and animals are prolific. Spring (September/October) is a great time for ornithologists as the migrant birds start to appear in the Botswana sky – the flora is also in full bloom at this time and creates a rich carpet of colour.
As with all of the countries in which ecoTravel operates, the accommodation options offered have been selected based on their environmental and conservation management practices. It is sometimes possible for you to see the conservation and/or development projects at the sites themselves. A variety of accommodation options exist from which ecoTravel Africa will select the most appropriate mix to suit your personal needs – from a sunset mokoro river safari along the Chobe River to an early morning elephant back safari in the Okavango Delta – the possibilities are endless!
Botswana takes conservation seriously and has devoted around 40% of the country to National Parks, Game Reserves and wildlife management areas. With around 60% of all the people who live in northern Botswana employed within the tourism and wildlife industry you can be assured that a visit to Botswana is having a tangible benefit to both conservation and local people.
More information about all the projects that you will be contributing towards throughout the course of your holiday will be explained in further detail once your itinerary has been finalised. ecoTravel Africa believes that environmental education is important for all travellers, it is essential that you are aware of the issues facing the country which you are visiting and that you appreciate how you can help, both whilst you are away and upon your return home.
Whatever you are looking for from your safari holiday in Botswana ecoTravel Africa can ensure that your tailormade itinerary caters to your every need and desire. You can opt for a self drive option, an escorted tour or small group travel.
Click on the links to find out more about some of the areas you can visit in Botswana.
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