Captivating Botswana has largely abandoned mass tourism in recent years in favor of low volume, high quality safari travel into the Okavango Delta and surrounding 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 though the popular months are May through September. During the winter, days are warm but nights are very cold while in the summer, days are hot and the nights balmy.
Ecotourism has been embraced by the local Botswana’ns 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.
Family ecotourism activities
The tourist areas of Botswana are very safe and due to the remoteness of the camp sites, 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 Linyanta 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. As one of Africa’s premier wildlife destinations, our trip to Botswana will not disappoint. Watch a video made by one of our partners in Botswana.