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Botswana is one of the few remaining destinations in Africa that still provides…

Botswana is one of the few remaining destinations in Africa that still provides a good sense of adventure while on safari.

Its expansive game parks and preserves, while offering wildlife as diverse and abundant as that found anywhere else, are still largely undeveloped and untamed. Botswana lies immediately to the north of South Africa. It is bordered on the north and west by Namibia, on the north and east by Zimbabwe, and is connected by a narrow strip of land on the northern border to Zambia. Its territory consists almost entirely of a broad, flat, arid subtropical plateau, though there are hills in the eastern part of the country.

Nearby is Chobe National Park, a beautiful grassland reserve that has gained international fame for its abundant elephant population. Botswana’s two largest parks, the Central Kalahari Game reserve and Gemsbok National Park, are found in this region.

The aboriginal inhabitants of Botswana, who have made the Kalahari their home for at least 30,000 years, are the San, or bushmen.

The San number about 60,000 today, constituting a small but fascinating cultural minority in the country. Almost two millennia ago, a Bantu people known as the Tswana arrived, supplanting the San and now constituting the great majority of the population.

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