Botswana travel options are definitely outside the bounds of mass tourism in favor of low volume, high-quality safari travels into the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert. Roughly the size of Texas, this progressive democratic republic has a stable economy, which also has taken steps to protect 40% of its land for wildlife, thereby creating one the highest game concentrations in southern Africa.
In general, Botswana is a place to visit during any season through the popular months are May through September. During the winter, days are warm but the nights are very cold while in the summer, days are hot and the nights balmy.
Ecotourism has been embraced by the local Botswana’s who not only feel involved with the effort but internalize the message of environmental conservation. Another positive effect is that the local people are setting up their own safari companies and applying to the national ecotourism certification scheme.
In 2005, Botswana passed the Environmental Impact Assessment Act, which to date has been the most successful and comprehensive means of regulating the environmental impact of tourism. It requires that new companies that apply for a tourism license be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment. Also, based on the results from the Assessment, the company must implement carbon reduction measures and monitoring strategies.
Botswana Travel: Family Ecotourism Activities
The tourist areas of Botswana are very safe and due to the remoteness of the campsites, relatively free of crime. Some safari companies have realized that children are the future of conservation in Botswana and therefore have implemented various children’s programs and specially trained guides to teach kids the value of conserving the environment.
The three main areas to experience in Botswana besides the Okavango Delta are the savannas of the Moremi Reserve and the forests of Chobe and Linyanti Game Reserves. There are large concentrations of elephants, lions, hyena, wild dogs, buffalo, hippopotamus, and birds. The main ecotourism activities include game drives, quad bikes, walking and elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, bicycle safaris and boating.