Botswana, independent and landlocked, is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, having been spared the exploitation and turmoil of other parts of the continent. It offers one of the last unspoilt wildernesses in Africa, with unfenced game reserves where the largest herds in southern Africa roam free and wild alongside some of the continent’s most spectacular and varied birdlife. The great Kalahari Desert covers two-thirds of the country, yet the world’s largest inland delta - the Okavango - transforms 5,800 square miles of potential desert into a paradise of palms, papyrus and crystal-clear waterways. All the elements of an ageless African experience are to be found throughout the Okavango and Kalahari, combined with the Chobe and Moremi National Parks and the Makgadikgadi Salt Palms. The principal areas of population are to be found in the capital city of Gaborone, noted for its national museum, craft shops and open-air markets; and the townships of Maun and Francistown.
May to October is the best game-viewing period. These are the dry winter months when game is concentrated around available water. The bush is brown and dried out, making the animals easier to spot Most visitors to Botswana are attracted by two very different, yet equally intriguing areas - the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert. Botswana offers a great deal to travelers - a fascinating culture and eco-system exists in a very largely unspoilt country. The soft green delta, the red sands of the Kalahari, vast herds of elephant, wonderful bird life, a rich variety of game, hunter-gatherers in the desert and modern businessmen in Gaborone, the capital - they are all to be found here. What you will also find is a warm welcome!
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