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The Republic of Botswana, a lesser-known jewel of the African continent, is a landlocked coun-try in the south bordering South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Though the sparkle of this ama-zing country was marred by its HIV epidemic, Botswana has since produced one of Africa’s best medical programmes for the treatment and prevention of the virus. Today the country is also con-sidered one of Africa’s most politically stable and fastest-growing economies, and is home to the remarkable Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta (one of Africa’s 7 wonders, and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre).

A country richly blessed with natural attractions and mineral resources, Botswana economy is mainly supported by the export of diamonds (it is one of the world's largest diamond producers) and safari tourism. It is currently considered one of Africa’s most exclusive tourist destinations (as of June 2015) due to its high-end safari lodges and luxury tours.

Getting around

Domestic flights are available from airports within Botswana to major tourist attractions (like the bigger safaris and game reserves), so tourists intending to visit those areas alone need only con-sider air transportation. For those who might want to traverse the rest of Botswana, though, rent-ing a car is recommended as roads and highways in the country are relatively well-developed and comprehensive.

Do note that free-roaming animals sometimes use the same roads, so drive with caution.

What to see and do

Of Botswana’s area of 581,730 square kilometres, more than 80% is covered by the massive Ka-lahari Desert, considered the world’s oldest and largest stretch of sand. That doesn’t mean the country is nothing more than an arid area of infertile land, though - thanks to geologic fortune, the mighty Okavango River empties into a delta of the Kalahari Basin, forming the Okavango Delta. This oasis in the middle of the vast desert is a hotspot for flora and fauna of all kinds, from Africa’s fiercest large predators all the way down to fish. There you can find everything from African bush elephants, buffalo, lions, cheetahs, leopards, rhinoceroses, zebras, ostriches to tigerfish and catfish. Visit the Moremi Game Reserve (once voted the Best Game Reserve in Af-rica by the African Travel and Tourism Association) situated just east of the Delta for your piece of the wildlife action - there, facilities are available for guided tours on foot, wheels or makoro (a sort of canoe).

On top of sustaining a huge variety of wildlife, the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta are also home to some of the world’s last bushmen, the Kalahari San population.

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