TRAVEL INFO: BOTSWANA
The Okavango Delta's maze of lagoons, secret waterways and palm-dotted islands are an ideal destination for nature lovers, while the Chobe National Park with its floodplains and acacia woodlands is the best place to see elephant drink their fill from the Chobe River. The size of this successful country can be compared to countries such as Kenya or France. Botswana is a landlocked country with borders such as South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe which can all be crossed overland. Botswana has the strongest currency in Africa. The currency is Pula which means rain.
For such a small country it boasts an array of spectacular game viewing opportunities such as, hundreds of elephants splashing in the Chobe River, The Okavango Delta and its maze of lagoons, Moremi Game Reserve, and the stunning Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
All you have to do is sit back, relax and have your camera as you get guided through the dozens of mazes. The Okavango Delta is a bird lover's paradise enjoyed by all, best explored by foot and mokoro, and if you wish you can take a scenic flight and have a bird's eye view from the open skies. With over 400 species of birds, 70 species of fish and an abundance of wildlife, your experience in the delta will leave you wanting to explore the whole of Africa.
Chobe National Park allows you many opportunities to explore Africa's beauty, whether you are doing a game drive in the park, or taking a sunset cruise down the Chobe River, you will most definitely not be disappointed with your experience.
Botswana has to types of weather - Wet and dry. You may experience the wet weather from November to March, while you could experience the dry weather from May to August. The temperatures are generally warmer, but can cool down in the evenings.
As a desert region, there are large temperature fluctuations between day and night, and between summer and winter. Early mornings and evenings may be cold and frosty in winter (May-Sep).
17% of Botswana has been set aside as game reserves and parks, more than internationally recommended 10%.
Botswana is the world’s third-biggest diamond producer, behind Russia and Canada, and has the second-highest AIDS/HIV rate behind Swaziland
Pula, the currency of Botswana, is also the Setswana word for rain.
The border between Botswana and Zambia is, at 700m, known as the shortest border between two fully independent countries. It is a riverine border sandwiched between the Zambia-Namibia and Zambia-Zimbabwe borders, all of which run through the middle of the Zambezi River.
None of the water in the Okavango Delta reaches the sea – the large majority of it is either evaporated or transpired, with a remaining 2% estimated to discharge into Lake Ngami.
Botswana is believed to have the biggest population of elephants in Africa. The Chobe region alone is estimated to have a population of up to 50,000 elephants.