Botswana is a country larger than France and only slightly smaller than Texas, scantily populated, landlocked, where drought is the norm and where huge tracts of territory have no surface moisture, with the exception of the Okavango the Linyanti-Chobe and tributaries of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers. These vital sources of water bring sustenance to the far northern sector only and especially the first two, combine to make Botswana one of the globe’s finest tourist and safari destinations.
The Okavango, born as trickles of summer rain 1,600 km away in the highlands of Angola’s north-west, flows into and spreads over the sandy spaces of Kalahari desert, to form an immense and wondrous inland delta of lagoons, labyrinthine channels, palm fringed islands and fertile floodplains. Then sagging on sands 300 metres deep, it finally succumbs to the thirst of one of the largest sandy deserts in the world…the Kalahari.
The Delta owes its creation to a series of fault lines, formed by continual ongoing tectonic movement, that defines its location and form. It is one of the very few unexploited water-surfaces on earth. Where the river dies in the desert, a paradise is born. Recently Botswana has achieved two profound conservation initiatives that will secure the area as world hotspots for wildlife and safari experiences. The first, was the complete banning of hunting and second, was the achievement of World Heritage site status.