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  3. Botswana is one of the premier safari destinations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Spectacular national parks and natural landforms support a vast array of animal, bird and plant life throughout the year. Magnificent sights range from the largest elephant herds in Africa in Chobe National Park to the varied ecosystems of the more than 900,000 square kilometres of the Kalahari Desert to the confluence of rivers that form the mile-wide cascade of Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Botswana's capital, Gaborone, boasts many five-star hotels and a world-class resort with a golf course that meets Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) standards.

    Botswana is a democracy with one of the world's fastest-growing economies and the fourth-largest in Africa. Tourism is a major industry, and the country has concentrated on protecting its natural resources and enhancing its tourist facilities to ensure that visitors are able to experience the exceptional native hospitality for which the region is renowned.

  4. More than 17 percent of Botswana's land is protected to preserve its natural heritage and provide ample territory to sustain wildlife. The country supports six national parks, eight protected areas and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park jointly managed with South Africa.

    Safari experiences in Botswana range from day trips in small reserves to multi-day expeditions in larger parks. Mokolodi Nature Reserve, a small game reserve a short jaunt from Gaborone, supports a wide variety of wildlife including rare reptiles and birds. It also serves as a breeding ground for the southern white rhinoceros. The vast lands of both Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park are fundamental to wildlife survival with year-round water sources. Most reserves offer night safaris to view the amazing world of nocturnal animals and hear the sounds of the bush after sundown.

    Longer stays allow visitors to fully experience the rhythm of the days and nights in the larger parks. Luxurious safari lodges within and near parks allow up-close exposure to wildlife in private settings. Amenities include viewing decks, en-suite rooms, gourmet cuisine, spas, swimming pools and, in some lodges, airstrips for fly-ins and aerial viewings of the landscape.

    Okavango Delta drains inland into the Kalahari Basin. During the summer rainfall, the Okavango River carries 11,000,000,000,000 litres (11 cubic kilometres) of water to the delta, where it spreads out over 15,000 square kilometres. During the dry months of June through August when floodwaters peak, the delta becomes three times its normal size. At this time, some of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa can be seen.

    The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve, 3,900 square kilometres in the Kalahari Basin, is a dry, featureless plain much of the time. After rains, pans fill with water and attract large herds including zebra, wildebeest and bushbuck. The Nata Sanctuary, part of the reserve, is the breeding ground for more than 150 species of birds. During the winter when the pans are full, thousands of flamingos, ducks and pelicans breed here.

    Experiencing Botswana is not limited to safaris and game reserves. Its rich cultural heritage spans more than 100,000 years. Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes stone-age habitation and more than 4,500 rock art paintings that document the lifeways of the indigenous peoples.

  5. Best Time To Visit: 

    All seasons in Botswana give ample opportunity for wildlife viewing. Botswana lies south of the equator, so summer, the wet season, falls between November and March and winter, the dry season, between April and October. During the cooler dry season vegetation recedes, giving greater opportunity to view wildlife. During the hotter rainy season, vegetation revives and water sources swell. This is the time many animals give birth and birds breed. In some areas like the Okavango Delta, rivers are at peak flood during the dry season.

    Botswana is landlocked, situated on a plateau more than 1,000 metres above sea level. Rainfall patterns vary from northeast to southwest, with the northeast receiving more rain and the southwest areas less. The most rain falls between December and February. October is typically the hottest month, with temperatures often reaching over 40 degrees C.


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