is one of the few remaining destinations in Africa
that still provides a good sense of the adventure
of safari. Its expansive game parks and preserves,
while offering wildlife as diverse and abundant
as that found anywhere else, are still largely
undeveloped and untamed.
lies immediately to the north of South Africa.
It is bordered on the north and west by Namibia,
on the north and east by Zimbabwe, and is connected
by a narrow strip of land on the northern border
to Zambia. Its territory consists almost entirely
of a broad, flat, arid subtropical plateau, though
there are hills in the eastern part of the country.
the northwest, the Okavango River empties into
the Kalahari sands, creating the largest inland
river delta in the world. While the Okavango Delta
is home to relatively few large game animals in
comparison to other areas of Botswana, its clear
waters and myriad small islands are home to an
astounding variety of birds, plants, and smaller
species of animals.
is Chobe National Park, a beautiful grassland
reserve that has gained international fame for
its abundant elephant population. Southeast of
Chobe are Botswana's enormous Makgadikgadi salt
pans, home to large herds of blue wildebeest,
several antelope species, and those international
lovers of salt pans, flamingos.
the entire remaining portion of the country is
covered by the Kalahari Desert...a varied environment
of sand, savanna, and grassland. Although this
area of Botswana is only sparsely inhabited by
humans, it is one of the richest wildlife regions
in all of Africa. Botswana's two largest parks,
the Central Kalahari Game reserve and Gemsbok
National Park, are found in this region.
climate can get rather cool, particularly during
the dry winter months of June-August when night
occasionally brings frost. The rainy summer months
(December through March) are best avoided for
those interested in enjoying the best game viewing