Botswana may have diamond-rich deserts but it is the shimmer of the Okavango Delta's crystal clear water, the perplexing perspective of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and the sight of hundreds of elephants in the Chobe National Park that make it a rare beauty.
The Okavango Delta is the watering hole for the world's rarest mammals, both black and white rhinoceros, as well as cheetahs and the African wild dog. Unusually, the delta of this UNESCO World Heritage site flood during the dry season, so animals are in abundance and best spotted from a mokoro, Botswana's traditional canoe.
The Chobe National Park is another of the country's wet wonderlands that offers the best chance to see wildlife, especially elephants. The waters from the Chobe River sustains Africa's greatest elephant population who roam the area in impressive herds of up to 400, and it also supports a spectacular variety of birds including ostriches, eagles and storks.
A haven for birds too is the former watery wonder of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans; its bright-white sparkle the result of the once mighty lake that evaporated under the African sun. Today, it is perfect for camera trickery, as across the sea of salt perspective is lost. So float above mountains, hold a 4x4 in the palm of your hand and get dwarfed by the greater flamingo that breed in the area.
A country of wild variety, dramatic scenery and untamed parks, Botswana is one of Africa's diamonds. Here, the camera will never be far from hand.
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