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Botswana, formerly an English protectorate that is located just north of South Africa, has one of the most booming economies in Africa. This is fueled by the diamond, mining and tourism industries. But don’t let that put you off—this is still an untouched gem in terms of tourism and is a place well worth discovering. Looking to do a bit of sustainable, ecotourism in Africa? Look no further. Prior to your trip:
Look into Visas and Regulations
If you’re planning to visit Botswana specifically for touristic purposes, you likely won’t need a visa—citizens from the US, Canada or any EU citizens don’t. But it’s always worth double-checking your requirements, either online or at your local embassy! If you do need a visa, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time for it to process.
Decide When to Go
October is probably the best time for you to visit Botswana. If you visit earlier in the year, you’ll likely be subjected to some unpleasant rain or high waters. If you visit later in the year, you might find yourself victim of unpleasant warmth or cold nighttime temperatures.
Ecotourism in Botswana
Select a Tour
If you’re looking to minimize planning on your part, there are plenty of eco-friendly tours around Botswana. Actually, the country has been voted as one of the most eco-friendly in all of Africa! And wildlife is 1/5 of the country’s land, so there’s plenty for you to explore! The primary draw of the country is wildlife, but that doesn’t mean you have to go out trekking. Most of the roads in Botswana are pretty well-developed, and you’ll be fine if you rent a car or hire a driver.
Find Eco-friendly Lodges
If you decide to do-it-yourself, you can book many lodges online prior to your arrival in the country, or book them via travel agents. Check out some of the popular eco-friendly lodges and decide which place best suits your travel style. Eco-friendliness is an integral part of the Botswana tourism sustainability plan, so you should have no problem finding green alternatives.
Participate in Outdoors Activities
The climate of Botswana ranges from deserts to savannah to waterways, and there’s a range of wildlife to suit this. Take a safari, and you’re sure to see all sorts of special species in this vast wilderness. Grab the African Safari Wildlife Guide app, and you’ll be able to tell all the types of animals you see. Make sure to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your devices before you travel though. Traveling and using public WiFi can make you more vulnerable to internet security problems, but using a VPN will ensure your personal information stays secure!
Botswana is a fascinating, pristine country that is still developing in terms of tourism. As a highly eco-conscious country, they do their best to minimize the impact that tourists have on the environment—which can only benefit travelers, who come to the country to find untouched vistas and undisturbed landscapes. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly journey through part of Africa, this is surely your place! Time to get out and explore.
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