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is a sparsely populated country in southcentral Africa which is dominated by the vast Kalahari Desert, but brought to life by the flood-waters of rivers which rise in the distant highlands of Angola.
Botswana offers the purest and arguably the highest quality safari on the continent, with almost the entire north of the country being given over to wildlife.
For decades the government has pioneered a visionary concept of high value low volume safari tourism, in which vast virginal swathes of the country have been parcelled up into huge private concessions and licensed out to top safari companies. These pristine concession areas commonly have their visitor density limited to around one guest per 50 square kilometres, which has enabled them to remain wonderfully wild and remote.
Botswana now has a remarkable collection of extremely high quality safari camps and lodges, the majority of which are seamlessly connected one to the next by light aircraft.
The main potential downside is that the cost of safari in Botswana is extremely high.
The relatively few areas which remain open to the public are left to soak up all the lower cost and self-drive safari traffic, meaning that they can get extremely busy and offer a very poor quality safari experience. It is ironic that the lower cost lodges in this area are the ones which probably represent the lower value for money.UpsidesDownsidesSeasonsAreasTripsVisasHealthMoneySecurityElectricityBooks