Botswana, a diamond in the rough

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A land-locked country, Botswana is centrally located in southern Africa and is currently one of Africa’s better stories to tell.  When it comes to choosing a country to visit for your holiday, Botswana is a good pick. Its protection of very large areas of wilderness makes it a must-visit for magical safari-based tourism. Something which the Botswanans do exceptionally well.

Whether your holiday focus is safaris, fishing, off-road adventures or a combination, you will find the perfect place to visit and enjoy the astoundingly prolific wildlife that Botswana has to offer.

Hertz Rent a Car is running a special on vehicles booked in Botswana until 31 August 2017 making their many parks easily accessible to visitors. Hire a Group M – Toyota Hilux 4×4 or similar double cab – from a Hertz location at Gaborone, Maun or Francistown Airports or downtown Kasane, start your adventure in Botswana and make your way to one these unforgettable places.

The Chobe National Park encompasses one of Africa’s most beautiful and abundant rivers, the Chobe River. It is famous for large herds of buffalo and elephant, many species of antelope and over 460 bird species, sure to keep one very busy on a game drive or river cruise.

Makgadikgadi National Park is one of the largest salt pans in the world and provides stark landscapes as far as the eye can see. One of the most significant landmarks is Chapman’s Tree, a massive baobab believed to be between 3 000 and 4 000 years old, which guided explorers such as David Livingstone across unchartered terrain. In times of rain this area is transformed into a large lake which is then inhabited by tens and hundreds of thousands of pinks flamingos, a site not rivalled by much else in the natural world.

These are just two of the examples of magical places to explore. Others include the Okavango Delta, Tuli Game Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park,  the Gcwihaba Caves and Aha Hills to name a few. It is well worth the research and planning for a trip of a lifetime to a country that is truly Africa’s diamond in the rough.