Getting Oriented

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Getting Oriented

Botswana is roughly the size of France or Texas, and nearly 18% is reserved for conservation and tourism. The Moremi Game Reserve, the first such reserve in Southern Africa created by an African community on its own tribal lands, is a major draw. One hundred kilometers (62 miles) west of Victoria Falls in Botswana's northeast corner is Chobe National Park, known for its elephants. The wide and tranquil Chobe River is surrounded by a natural wilderness of floodplain, dead lake bed, sand ridges, and forest. Downstream it joins the mighty Zambezi on its journey through Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Upstream, where it's known as the Linyanti, it forms the border between Botswana and Namibia. In this area, the Linyanti Reserve, which borders Chobe National Park, is a huge private concession, as is the Kwando Reserve, to the west.

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