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With its magnificent landscape and its stunning wildlife, this country in southern Africa is one of the wildest parts of the entire continent. Its parks and reserves are geared towards sustainable tourism and reveal the secrets at the heart of this natural gem.
Botswana is a former British colony which has been independent since 1966 and its 582,000 km² cover the south of the African continent, between Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Namibia. It is a flat country of savannas and deserts, with the lowest population density in Africa, and is home to a large number of parks, reserves and protected areas which cover 38% of the country. Some of these are truly remarkable with outstanding wildlife. In the North, the tangle of rivers, lakes and islands of the Okavongo Delta is a refuge for hundreds of species, including the hippopotamus. Further still to the north, Chobe National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in the world. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is more arid and the chosen land for the king of animals, the lion whose roar can be heard for up to eight kilometres in all directions ... Botswana is also a land of culture known for the warmth and friendliness of its people. In the capital Gaborone, and in Francistown, an important town in the former British protectorate, there is the opportunity to appreciate the ethnic diversity of this young nation. Botswana is a safe country, well on the way to controlled development and has looked to develop its tourism through providing high-quality lodges and camps. These serve as bases for unique and memorable trips, with safaris in four-wheel drives, in mokoros (traditional canoes) or even on horseback.
Travel to Botswana often involves multiple destinations. The distances are vast and safari logistics can be complex. Drop us an enquiry and Icon Expeditions, a team of African travel experts based in Cape Town, will plan your dream trip to Relais & Châteaux properties in the region.
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve. Duba Plains Camp offers guests a setting unlike any other, featuring woodlands, islands and flood plains that shelter thousands of animals, including interesting Kalahari species that enthusiasts come from afar to admire. Located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, in a private 77,000-hectare reserve, you will find several luxury tents designed to blend into the landscape while also evoking a style of the 1920s. Extremely comfortable and slightly elevated, each one offers stunning views over the plains that can also be explored by 4x4 with a private guide. Great Plains Conservation, the camp’s owner, is the only operator on this concession, thus giving guests exclusive access to this wild paradise. ... Learn moreless
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve. Elephants, buffalos, cheetahs, leopards, lions, giraffes and antelopes are the main guests at this 320,000 acre private reserve. The region is renowned for the opportunities it offers to observe predators, and the 300 species of bird to which it is home, including the rare African skimmer. The camp, which overlooks the Zibadianja Lagoon, and its new villa, The Dhow Suites, were created by two safari enthusiasts, National Geographic photographers Dereck & Beverly Joubert, who wanted to protect this wilderness while also wishing to share it with others. It is designed with the environment in mind, with large, magnificently appointed tents in a traditional style reminiscent of the safaris of yesteryear. ... Learn moreless