Botswana is the largest natural paradise in southern Africa. Limited tourism, a combination of untouched wilderness and the comfort and luxury of a handful of safari camps, makes this Africa’s model country. Our journey begins in nearby Zimbabwe that is located close to Botswana’s northern frontier at Victoria Falls, that is undoubtedly one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world.
Eighty kilometres west and we have crossed the Botswana border and arrived in the first large city in the north of the country, Kasane. Kasane is located on the Chobe River and marks the country’s frontier with Namibia.
In addition to growing tourism, the fishing industry is also important to Kasane’s economy. The river contains an abundance of fish, providing local fishermen good income to support their families.
Since 1915, Maun has been Botswana’s main city and until the beginning of the 1990s, was only accessible via dusty gravel roads. It is truly a border town on the edge of a vast wilderness.
The state run Moremi Game Reserve that extends for around 100,000 hectares, is the largest nature reserve in the Okavango Delta. It is located on Chief’s Island, the largest island in the region. In recent years, further private wildlife reserves have been established that are well worth a visit and are also strictly controlled and protected natural habitats.
Amid the African wilderness we arrive at a luxurious lodge that is not only the ideal starting point for many safaris but also provides a good degree of relaxation after an exhausting day out. Suddenly two members of the San Tribe approach the lodge. These ‘Bushmen’ will accompany us on our journey into the Kalahari Desert that is also their home.
Elephant herds on the Chobe River, the vast wilderness of the Kalahari and the mystique of the Okavango Delta help to make Botswana one of the last great paradises on Earth!