The Country of Deltas
Botswana is home to the world’s biggest inland delta. It is here that the Okavango River floods the Kalahari Desert, forming a maze of winding channels that create palm-fringed islands and fertile floodplains.
The game rich Moremi Game Reserve and grasslands of the Chobe National Park add to the immense variety of wildlife, with 600 species of birds and a migrant population of over 120 000 elephants. In the south, the baobabs of the Makgadikgadi Pans mark the site of an enormous, ancient lake which still fills in the rainy season while the Tsolido Hills were sacred to the Stone Age San. With over 4 000 catalogued paintings, it is one of the richest rock art sites in Southern Africa.
Getting to Botswana
Getting there: Buses and mini-buses run between the bus station in Gaborone and Johannesburg (via Mafikeng) daily. The National roads are tarred but access tracks leading to the parks and reserves require a 4x4 vehicle. Campsites must be booked in advance.