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Botswana

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Botswana is a country in the south of Africa known for its national parks. The Moremi Game Reserve in northwest Botswana was the first protected area in the African south to be established by locals before the country's sovereignty and independence from Britain. They must have been people with vision, because today every schoolchild in Botswana has understood that the unique nature is the country's greatest asset. When large masses of water flow from the mountains of Angola into the Okavango inland delta after rainfall, the Chobe National Park also expands into a paradise for animals. It is the listed number 1,000 of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Botswana at a glance

Population2.292.000
LanguageEnglish
Area600370 km2
ContinentAfrica
CurrencyPula (BWP)
Neighboring countriesZimbabwe, South Africa und Namibia

Guide to Botswana

In Botswana, it is not difficult for tourists to find themselves in safari mode within a very short time. Living in the wilderness exerts a very special charm on many. After a night full of unfamiliar sounds from the bush, a pleasant breakfast awaits in the lodge. Often it is cut short because the ranger urges us to leave soon in the off-road vehicle. It is the early hour that the experienced safari guest prefers, because then the chance of getting wild animals in front of the camera is greatly increased. Antelopes, hippos, buffalo – and of course elephants. In Botswana, the range of big game is particularly extensive. Here and there the pachyderms dip their trunks into the lodge pool, marvelled at by bipeds from another world. And the clever guenons are more likely to steal the butter from the breakfast table. Almost all lodges in Botswana offer every comfort. The cottages are air-conditioned, showers are taken under the open sky, and if it should be chilly on a wintry day, a wood-burning stove heats things up. However, as a holidaymaker you have to know that a stay in Botswana is not exactly a cheap pleasure. The country focuses on quality – and that has its price. “Low volume – high cost” is the motto of the officially controlled tourism policy. Few tourists should bring as much money as possible into the country. And that is why the Okavango Delta and most of the game reserves are private concession areas. In some luxury camps it is even called “fully inclusive”. The price includes accommodation, meals, drinks and two daily safaris. Dreams under the stars of the south and the guarantee to meet wild animals at close range are no contradiction in Botswana. A proverb from southern Africa is something of an agenda there: “The dawning day has the wisdom. The day that bends has the experience”. In Botswana, the holidaymaker tends to humility and understands that he is only a temporary guest here.