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Botswana

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

About the size of Texas, Botswana has a population of just over 2 million people. From the country’s southern border with South Africa, the arid grasslands of the Kalahari extend northward for more than 800 miles, eventually meeting the waters of the Okavango and ...

About the size of Texas, Botswana has a population of just over 2 million people. From the country’s southern border with South Africa, the arid grasslands of the Kalahari extend northward for more than 800 miles, eventually meeting the waters of the Okavango and the Cuando rivers flowing down from the rainy highlands of Angola. Botswana’s Okavango Delta is one of the finest wildlife destinations in Africa. The annual flood, which arrives in April/May, inundates a wilderness area nearly 250 miles across. The delta’s crown jewel is the 1,200-square-mile Moremi Game Reserve.  Predators such as lion and leopard can often be seen in abundance. Birdlife is unbelievably prolific. To the northeast lie equally famous wildlife areas such as the Selinda Reserve, Savuti Marsh and Linyanti Swamp. 

Recognizing the value of wildlife as a sustainable natural resource that generates jobs and revenue, Botswana has set aside 20 percent of its land for national parks and protected game reserves, with an additional 20 percent of the terrain designated as wildlife management regions. To further preserve the “Africa as it used to be” environment in the prized Okavango Delta, only small lodges are permitted, each catering to usually no more than two dozen guests at any one time. The far-flung Kalahari Desert encompasses much of Botswana's arid terrain, the most striking anomaly of the landscape being the Okavango Delta in the northwest corner. This vast oasis of lush grasslands, floodplains, riparian forests and papyrus-hugged channels harbors the greatest collection of wildlife species in southern Africa.

The delta camps are reached via small charter planes from Maun (20-40 minutes) or Kasane (75-90 minutes). Maun and Kasane (Chobe National Park) in turn can be reached from Johannesburg via charter or commercial flights on Air Botswana.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay and containing at least three unstamped pages). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

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