Beyond the narrow eastern corridor where
the majority of the population is concentrated, Botswana is
a largely roadless wilderness of savannas, deserts, wetlands
and salt pans. Skinflints and softies beware: This remains
a destination for the intrepid, well-heeled traveller.
Botswana is an African success story. It
achieved independence from Britain in 1966 and in a mad stroke
of luck then unearthed three of the world's richest diamond
mines. Though suffering from a high HIV rate, it enjoys relatively
stable governence and good educational and economic standards.
To ensure the country's natural assets are
preserved, Botswana's government has embraced a policy of
courting primarily high-cost, low-impact tourism, although
recent years have seen options for independent, budget-minded
travellers grow. The Republic of Botswana is situated in Southern
Africa, nestled between South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and