Botswana is undoubtedly one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, with the Okavango Delta an undisputed highlight. Landlocked, it is a country of diverse and mesmerising landscapes - from the watery byways of the Delta, to the semi-arid expanses of the Makgadikgadi saltpans, to the sandveld of the Kalahari, (often called ‘thirstland’ to distinguish it from true desert). Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world with just over 2 million people in a country the size of Texas. Huge areas are protected as National Parks or Game Reserves and it enjoys a rich variety of wildlife including many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Botswana is one of the oldest continuous democracies in Africa and it is known to be safe and welcoming.