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About Botswana

Botswana is one of the outstanding countries in Africa. Lying in the southern part of Africa, Botswana is basically a semi arid to arid country dominated mainly by the Kalahari desert, which sprawls the central part of the country. However, the most famous attraction in the country is the Okavango Delta which formes when fresh flood waters fill in the desert basin.
There are other rewarding travel destinations too in Botswana such as the Chobe and Makgadikgadi Pans national parks.
Botswana is also a safe and secure country, a stable democracy and has a low density population, adding to it's attractiveness.
See below for information on it's national parks and reserves, a map as well as information on it's main cities and a description of the climate.

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National Parks and Game Reserves
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Okavango Delta
This is the largest inland delta in the world. Created when fresh flood waters flood inland, into the sandy basins of the Kalahari desert, in the central part of Botswana. The delta covers a vast 15000 square kilometers. The flooded plains result in numerous islands which form unique and diverse eco sytems, home to rich varieties of wildlife including numerous species of birds. There are several places of interest in the Okavango, some of which are listed below.
Moremi National Park
Located centrally in the Okavango delta, the Moremi National park covers 3000 square km, and is a haven of wildlife. Moremi consists of waterways around two main islands, Mpoane Tongue in the east and Chief's Island in the west. The park has a rich and diverse eco system with minimal human intrusion, resulting in spectacular wildlife sightings. There are over 500 species of bird recorded in this area. The ideal time to visit is the local winter time, from March to September. Suggested access is by air from the town of Maun, the tourism center of Botswana.
Bird seen in Moremi National Park
Landscape of the kalahari Reserve
Central Kalahari Reserve
Founded in 1961, this dramatic reserve with an area of 52, 800 sq km, was ironically meant to protect man, not wildlife ! Specifically, this reserve, being the natural home of the endangered San Bushmen, was established to preserve their unique way of life. The reserve is arid to semi arid, with some grasslands and pans breaking the desert landscape. There are four rivers in the reserve, the banks of which support habitats for the wildlife. The southern part of the Kalahari encompases the Khotse Game reserve.
Chobe National Park
This park, in the northern part of Botswana, is known for it's large concentration of Elephants, as well as it's natural beauty. Chobe National Park also has a large variety of other wildlife including mammals and birds. One may see diverse habitats and vegetation zones in this park, ranging from savannah grasslands and woodland, to floodplains and riverine thickets. The park has the Linyanti and the Chobe rivers flowing in the northern region and the Savuti channel in the south.
Elephants near a water hole in Chobe
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
In the distant past, this 2500 sq km park was part of a regional, ancient lake, possibly as large as the present day Lake Victoria in East Africa. However this ancient lake dried up leaving vast salt pans that are even visble on satellite pictures. The attraction for the traveler is the isolation and solitute of a trip here. There are pockets of thriving wildlife in various parts of this park.
Lion in Gemsbok National Park
Gemsbok National Park
Located in south west Botswana, this 26000 sq km reserve is typical of the arid type eoc system coomon in Botswana, such as the Kalahari. The wildlife here includes animals such as the big cats and plains game such as herbivores, as well as close to 200 bird species. Access is by road from Gabarone.
Francis Town: A historic gold mining town founded during the gold rush in Southern Africa. The town which lies at the meeting of the Tati and Inchure rivers, is now an important tourism center, a hub for travelers going north and west for safari. This town has a population of 60000 and is now a commercial and industrial town.
Gaborone: The capital of Botswana, named after the Chief Gaborone, is a modern and bustling city, secure and safe to visit for the traveler, as well as being a comfortable and rewarding place to be. There are many hotels, shopping malls and intercity recreational spots in Gaborone. The city is located close to the border with Sough Africa.
Maun: Situated at the gateway of the Okavango, near Moremi reserve, Maun is the "tourism capital" of Botswana, with most safari and air charter companies based here. The town, established in 1915, has rapidly developed and currently has a population of 30000.
Generally sub tropical, as associated with semi arid regions with variations due to altitude. Rainfall is minimal, and seasons are the reverse of climate patterns in the northern hemisphere, such as Europe. Winter occurs from May to August and is usually cold and dry. Max day temperatures average 250 C. might time temperatures are low. Summer occurs from October to March and sees soaring day time temperatures upto highs of 410C and the night time high lowers to 220C. Summer also sees most of the rainfall. The best time to visit is from April to October.
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