Botswana is often referred to as the ‘Red Heart of the Kalahari’, and this arid and landlocked country certainly rates as one of Africa’s success stories. A progressive and stable government has seen them proclaim more than a fifth of the country as conservation areas and as a result they are at the forefront of eco-tourism development in Africa.
Geographically, Botswana is similar in size to France, but with scarcely 2 million people living in the country. There’s not much that is ‘third-world’ about the economy, either; a wealth of diamonds and other minerals contribute to one of the highest per-capita incomes and most politically stable countries on the Mother Continent.
Despite their phenomenal growth rate and impressive infrastructure, Botswana still manages to retain an earthy and wild feel, positioning them to offer an unequalled, premium wilderness experience.