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Africa Travel - Botswana Travel Guide   by Swati

Botswana is one of the finest travel destinations in the African continent. It is among the best places in the world for exploring wildlife and to take safaris. Okavango Delta region, is the most popular region among the tourists. During the rainy season this region becomes a maze of waterways, islands, and lakes. Moremi Wildlife Refuge in Okavango has a wide variety of wildlife, flora and fauna.

Most popular regions of Botswana are
- National Parks and Game Reserves
- Kalahari Desert
- Gemsbok National Park
- Tuli Block
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary
- Okavango Delta

Adult Male Kudu with Impala at Pump Pan Waterhole, Chobe National Park, Botswana
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Other than visiting the wildlife reserves you can also do the following exciting activities:
- Fly over parts of Botswana in a hot-air balloon.
- Fishing in Okavango Delta and Chobe river systems.
- Experience Botswana's culture in a historic village called Serowe.

Once the Visitors reach their camp by a light aircraft, they can then safari by vehicle, on foot, by motorboat, riding in a makoro canoe, a horse, ride a quad bike or even an elephant. The transportation modes in Botswana are a fun and fascinating part of the safari experience. To protect the country's natural assets, the government has instituted a policy of promoting and encouraging low-volume, high-cost tourism. It is one of the few remaining places in Africa where the adventuresome safari still exists.

Canoeing the Okavango River, Okavango Delta, Ngamiland, Botswana
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PEOPLE: San people have lived here for thousands of years using the ancient methods of hunting and gathering. The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park in the north are areas of outstanding natural beauty, rich in animal life.

CLIMATE: Summer: November to March. High temperatures average 85-95°F with lows around 65°F. Winter: June to August. Daytime temperatures around 75°F with nighttime lows around 40°F.

ECONOMY OVERVIEW: Botswana has one of the world's highest economic growth rates. Through fiscal discipline and sound management, Botswana has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country. Diamond mining has fueled much of the expansion. Tourism, financial services, subsistence farming, and cattle raising are other key sectors.

CURRENCY: Botswana Pula (BWP), 1 BWP = 100 Thebe.

ELECTRICITY: 230 volts, 50Hz. ( US visitors should consider carrying the voltage converters)

LANGUAGE: Official language - English. Most popular spoken language - Setswana.

Although Botswana is a relatively safe country for tourists, still you should visit travel.state.gov for any current safety recommendations for Botswana.

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CENTRAL KALAHARI ACCOMMODATION / SAFARI LODGES

Haina Safari Lodge, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
This luxury lodge is situated in the heart of the Central Kalahari, bordering the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, about 30 kilometres North of Deception Valley. The setting of Haina Safari Lodge is classically African, relaxed and informal while catering for exclusive needs. The lounge, dining room and bar areas have a typically African ambience that is reflected in the décor of rich wood and thatch. The lodge accommodates 18 guests in private, secluded units, all with private decks, a combined bedroom and en-suite bathroom. All units are furnished in subtle earth tones and dark woods in a contemporary African theme and reflect the bush atmosphere that is unique to Africa, while providing complimentary tea and coffee, fragrant linen and made-in-Africa furnishings.

CHOBE ACCOMMODATION / SAFARI LODGES - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Elephant Valley Lodge, Chobe
The Chobe National Park in Botswana is home to the largest elephant population in the world. This magnificent reserve draws life from the Chobe River and is surrounded by protected wildlife sanctuaries. As the region is barrier free, this allows for large numbers of big game to move freely through these protected reserves.  Straddling the game rich area between Chobe and Zimbabwe’s Matetsi reserve lies the Kasane Forest Reserve. It is here in the Lesoma Valley that one will find Elephant Valley Lodge, uniquely positioned thus offering spectacular game viewing long after guests have left the national park.  The lodge has a very active waterhole frequented by numerous species, including elephant, lion, buffalo, and leopard. These sightings present superb photographic opportunities from the comfort and safety of the viewing hide or the lodge’s main deck areas.
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, Chobe
At the confluence of the Zambesi and Chobe Rivers, in the heart of real Africa, lies a special Lodge: the Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, also known as "The Gem of the Chobe".  Ichingo is a luxury African Lodge providing the 'All Africa' experience in one of the world's finest wetland areas with spectacular game and bird viewing, and the opportunity to land a mighty Tigerfish.  The Lodge is a member of the Hotel Association of Namibia. It also has its own airstrip on the island with customs and immigration facilities, ensuring that your stay starts off with the convenience and good service that will typify your visit.  ICHINGO is a luxury tented lodge accommodating a maximum of sixteen guests in large twin bedded Meru tents, each with cupboards, tables, electric lights etc, plus its own private thatched en suite bathroom and balcony.

OKAVANGO DELTA ACCOMMODATION, BOTSWANA

Drifters Maun Camp, Maun, Okavango Delta
This camp is situated 30 kilometres east of Maun on the banks of the seasonal Boteti river. We offer an exclusive, quiet, uncrowded, beautiful, treed site for those who wish to stay in the vicinity of Maun. Our ablutions are first class and all facilities are serviced by our own clean, on-site borehole. A main social boma with bar and swimming pool is available and meals may be arranged on request.  This camp is ideal as a base camp for those adventurous individuals who wish to explore the Okavango Delta, Moremi, Savuti and Chobe National Parks, as well as the central Kalahari and Makgadikgadi areas.
TULI BLOCK ACCOMMODATION, BOTSWANA
Tuli Safari Lodge & Nokalodi Tented Camp, Tuli Game Reserve, Tuli Block
We offer a uniquely varied, highly affordable safari experience.  Tuli Safari Lodge - our peaceful main lodge, a charming home-from-home nestling on the banks of the Limpopo against a rugged backdrop of sandstone outcrops.  Nokalodi - our rustic bush camp, offering lodge guests an under-canvas experience or providing a base for those who prefer to self-cater.  Molema - our self-catering camp site & chalets a joint venture project with the local community.  A wide choice of activities, including drives, walks, hides, horse rides, visits to nearby places of interest such as the World Heritage Site at Mapungubwe and the Venetia Wild Dog Project, opportunities to participate in our community & conservation projects 

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