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Botswana Travel Guide

Plan Your Botswana Vacation

More than half a century ago Botswana was a Cinderella among nations. Then the Fairy Godmother visited and bestowed upon her the gift of diamonds. The resulting economic boom transformed Botswana into one of Africa's richest countries (as measured by per capita income). In 1966 the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland was granted independence and renamed Botswana, and the first democratic

president, the internationally respected Sir Seretse Khama, guided his country into a peaceful future.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Okavango Delta Whether you're drifting dreamily in a mokoro (canoe) through the crystal-clear, papyrus-fringed channels or walking among ancient trees on one of the many islands, your everyday world is guaranteed to fade from your consciousness.
  2. Big Game You won't find huge herds as in the Serengeti, but you'll come face-to-face with more critters than you ever knew existed. And there won't be hordes of other visitors blocking your view or diluting the experience.
  3. Birding Marvel at more than 900 species—many endemic—that crowd the game reserves. A sighting of a Pel's Fishing Owl, one of the world's rarest birds, will have Audubon twitching in his grave.
  4. Walking with the Bushmen Far from being lifeless, deserts are miracles of plenty, you just have to be in the right company—that of the Kalahari Bushmen. Listen to their dissonant music and watch them dance a dance as old as time.

When To Go

When to Go

The best time to visit Botswana is in the autumn and winter months (April through September), though it's also the most expensive. In the Delta dur...

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