When it comes to memorable wildlife experiences and breathtaking natural scenery, few countries pack such a punch as Botswana. Within its borders, visitors can look forward to some of Africa's best game viewing, as well as a warm welcome and sights like nowhere else.
Whether you come to see the country's abundance of majestic elephants or powerful cats roaming across the grasslands, a Botswana holiday is bound to be one you'll remember fondly for years to come.
Here at Bench Africa, it's our passion and our pleasure to bring intrepid Australians closer to the incredible African continent, which is why we are proud to offer a range of Botswana experiences. Let's take a closer look at what makes the country so special.
Bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, The Republic of Botswana is blessed with a diverse scenic landscape - two of the main features being the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert. Covering some 582,000 square kilometres, Botswana is scarcely populated, with national parks making up 17 per cent of the land mass. The majority of the population of 2 million is concentrated towards the eastern regions, where the capital of Gaborone is situated.
Following the arrival of European gold prospectors, Botswana became a British protectorate in 1885 under the name of Bechuanaland. Since gaining independence in 1966, Botswana has seen progressive social and economic change, as well as an increasing number of visitors thanks to its fantastic national parks and wildlife.
In Botswana, while the official language is English, the national language is Setswana, or Tswana, spoken by the majority of the population. You'll be spending either in the local currency of Pula, or in US dollars while on safari.
Tourism in Botswana is slowly growing, with more pe...