Botswana

After steaming through Mafikeng, those lounging in Rovos Rail’s luxury train accommodation will find themselves puttering ahead until they reach the domain of the Botswana Railways. Once called Bechuanaland Protectorate, Botswana gained independence from British rule in 1966 and is referred to by economists as an African success story.

While having one of the sparsest populations in Africa, Botswana enjoys a high standard of economic stability, education and healthcare which – with the exception of South Africa – is unrivalled in Africa. In addition to having one of the strongest currencies in Africa, Botswana sits firmly on three of the world’s richest diamond bearing formations, known as diamondiferous extinct volcanic pipes.

Gaborone

Passengers aboard the luxury train journey will travel through the city until they reach Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city and the fictional headquarters of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, a bestselling series of detective novels written by Alexander McCall Smith. Though incredibly hot and dry, Gaborone is a typical African city heavily populated with urban development.

Habitat

Though appearing large on the map, a significant portion of Botswana is made up of Kalahari semi-desert. A full 38 percent of the vast land area is home to an assortment of popular national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas; the majority of which allow the prolific wildlife to roam free in the wild. The incredible beauty and seemingly limited space of the Botswana landscape is celebrated with attractions like the world’s largest intact inland Delta – the Okavango; the world’s second largest game reserve – Central Kalahari Game Reserve; and the wealth of wildlife found in the Chobe National Park.

Animals

Beautiful Botswana is a safe haven to an assortment of endangered bird and mammal species which include the Wild Dog, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Cape Vulture, Wattled Crane and Pel’s Fishing Owl. An endless parade of vast uninhabited wilderness provides ample environments for these incredible creatures to reside.

Culture

While the rich wildlife and unspoiled beauty of Botswana is bound to charm visitors, cultural tourism experiences give tourists the chance to experience the country’s rich cultural heritage. Be it a nature walk against a backdrop of star-littered skies or a visit to a rural town – Botswana has the ability to put you in touch with your natural self.