Botswana’s story is one of immense success. Some say it is unrivalled in Africa. In fact, so successful has the social, political and economic development been that you will often hear the country referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’.
While the diamond industry has served as the economic engine for this achievement, the country’s immense portfolio of near-pristine wilderness areas has become the basis of a thriving ecotourism sector.
The major drawcard has always been the magic and mystery of the Okavango Delta, southern Africa’s largest wetland and one of the most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries on the continent. No less captivating are the impressive Chobe and Moremi wilderness areas and the smaller river systems of the Linyanti, Kwando and Selinda along the northern border with Namibia. And then further south, the vast and remote drier habitats of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the Central Kalahari and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are no less rewarding.
Botswana has a low-volume tourism policy, which serves as an added attraction.