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Botswana

Botswana offers spectacular Wildlife viewing in four major regions:

The Chobe National Park, The Kalahari Desert, Moremi Game Reserve and The Okavango Delta

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Each region offers wildly different environments - differing wildlife, vegetation, peoples and Safari Activities.

As the largest Tour Operator to Botswana - Island-Safari.com can offer you either a ready-made Itinerary

- or can design an Itinerary to suit your own preferences, time available and budget at no extra cost.

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Botswana Flag Botswana: a place where the world renowned Okavango Delta meets the Kalahari thirstland. A destination of myriad beauties, rich cultures, wonderful scenery, and most importantly a very peaceful and stable country.

Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. Four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves.

The Government of Botswana's conservation policies and eco-tourism strategies ensure that Botswana’s tourism is sustainable for its inhabitants and future generations of tourists while contributing meaningfully to the national economy.

This also ensures that you can keep coming back to the unspoilt pristine environments, but keep a look out for new exciting discoveries and developments as we expand and diversify our tourism product offer further into new awesome and less known geographic locations.

Botswana offers the traveler a choice of accommodation options from top class hotels, luxury lodges and safari camps, to budget guesthouses and camping grounds. The main wildlife areas have a choice of private lodges, safari camps, and public camping sites.

When to go: Wildlife viewing is usually at its best during the dry season - in winter and Springtime (May to October) , when theBotswana Sunset wildlife are concentrated near rivers, pools and waterholes. The chances of spotting lions are better just after sunrise then at other times. In summer, most of the game tends to lie up during the heat of the day, so the recommended times to set out on drives are the early mornings and late afternoons.

November and December - the calving months - are an excellent time to witness nature's own timetable of regeneration. The rainy season, from January to March, sees the migration of large numbers of game into the summer grazing areas, while the Okavango Delta comes alive with sounds of hundreds of bird species - see a Bird Checklist.

In March and April thousands of zebras and other animals migrate towards the Savuti area of Chobe National Park.

Perhaps best known for its enigmatic San Bushmen. There are also several Bushmen groups represented by a handful of people. These groups were decimated by diseases of contact in the middle part of the 20th century, and most of the remaining members have intermarried with the ||anikwhe. The Botswana Government has somewhat controversially relocated the remaining Bushmen away from their traditional hunter / gatherer grounds into sterile compounds in the name of 'social development'. As with the native American Indians, alcoholism has become a major social problem

The Okavango Delta peoples consist of five ethnic groups, each with its own ethnic identity and language. They are Hambukushu (also known as Mbukushu, Bukushu, Bukusu, Mbukuschu, Ghuva, Haghuva), Dceriku (Dxeriku, Diriku, Gciriku, Gceriku, Giriku, Niriku), Wayeyi (Bayei, Bayeyi, Yei), Bugakhwe (Kxoe, Khwe, Kwengo, Barakwena, G/anda) and ||anikhwe (Gxanekwe, //tanekwe, River Bushmen, Swamp Bushmen, G//ani, //ani, Xanekwe).

The Hambukushu, Dceriku, and Wayeyi are all Bantus who have traditionally engaged in mixed economies of millet/sorghum agriculture; fishing, hunting, and the collection of wild plant foods; and pastoralism.

The Bugakhwe and ||anikwhe are Bushmen who have traditionally practiced fishing, hunting, and the collection of wild plant foods; Bugakhwe utilized both forest and riverine resources while the ||anikhwe mostly focused on riverine resources.

Bushmen of the KalahariThe Hambukushu, Dceriku, and Bugakhwe are present along the Okavango River in Angola and in the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, and there are small numbers of Hambukushu and Bugakhwe in Zambia as well. Within the Okavango Delta, over the past 150 years or so Hambukushu, Dceriku, and Bugakhwe have inhabited the Panhandle and the Magwegqana in the northeastern Delta.

||anikhwe have inhabited the Panhandle and the area along the Boro River through the Delta, as well as the area along the Boteti River. The Wayeyi have inhabited the area around Seronga as well as the southern Delta around Maun, and a few Wayeyi live in their putative ancestral home in the Caprivi Strip. Within the past 20 years many people from all over the Okavango have migrated to Maun, and in the late 1960's and early 1970's over 4,000 Hambukushu refugees from Angola were settled in the area around Etsha in the western Panhandle.

The Okavango Delta has been under the political control of the Batawana (a Tswana sub-tribe) for several hundred years. Most Batawana, however, have traditionally lived on the edges of the Delta. Small numbers of people from other ethnic groups such as Ovaherero and Ovambanderu now live in parts of the Okavango Delta, but since the majority of the members of those groups live elsewhere and the habitation is recent they are not considered as part of the Okavango Delta peoples.

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