RHINO CONSERVATION BOTSWANA
Private Bag 14, Maun, Botswana
Tel: (+267) 7165 8686 or (+267) 686 0086
A landlocked country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Botswana was one of the poorest countries in Africa when it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year. Botswana has since transformed itself, becoming one of the fastest-growing economies in the world with a GDP per capita of about $14,000 per year, and a high gross national income, possibly the fourth-largest in Africa, giving the country a modest standard of living. Botswana has diverse areas of wildlife habitat. In addition to the delta and desert areas, there are grasslands and savannas, where wildebeest, antelope, lion and other mammals and birds are found. Northern Botswana has one of the few remaining large populations of the endangered African wild dog. Chobe National Park has the world's largest concentration of African elephants.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a large inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean. The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, is on the eastern side of the Delta. The Okavango Delta is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The area is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife which attracts tourism to the area. However, Botswana maintains a policy of high-income-low-volume tourism, ensuring an exclusive and unique wilderness experience.