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Botswana

'The Land of the Giants' is how locals fondly describe Botswana. This is because her vast plains allow for elephants, giraffe and baobab trees to tower above the horizon. The country has enjoyed peace since its independence in 1966 and boasts a strong economy.

A land of sunshine and peace, the Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country famed for its wildlife, herds of elephants and the unparalleled Okavango Delta, which visitors regularly explore via traditional canoe. Such a remote location means visitors encounter a level of tranquility and solitude often not granted in busier African nations.

Botswana’s land is 40% wildlife reserves, which makes it the ultimate safari destination with many famous reserves at a visitor’s disposal, such as the famous Chobe National Park, which is highly acclaimed as one of Africa's top safari locations.

QUICK FACTS

  • According to a survey conducted in 2007, there are more African elephants in Botswana than any other country.
  • The coat of arms of Botswana is based on a shield supported by two zebras, one holding an elephant’s tusk, the other a stalk of millet.
  • Botswana is Africa’s oldest democracy.
  • Nearly 40% of Botswana’s land is national parks and wildlife reservations.
  • The national dish of Botswana is Seswaa, a stew of boiled meat, maize meal and green vegetables.

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Makgadikgadi Pan, located in Botswana, the world’s largest dry lakebed, an extensive network of saltpans and ephemeral lakes.
  • The Chobe area in northern Botswana is also within reach of day trips to the Victoria Falls on either the Zambia or Zimbabwe side.
  • Botswana is easily accessible from Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia, which makes it a great weekend holiday destination while visiting other African nations.
  • Other activities available include canoeing, boat cruises, fishing adventures and more, making this an ideal destination for most travellers.

GETTING THERE

Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, hosts the country’s major airport, Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, however volunteers joining our projects in the Tuli Game Reserve will access the country from South Africa, usually flying into Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.

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