Botswana’s vast, sweeping landscape is home to the expansive Kalahari Desert and the lush Okavango Delta where animals flock during rainy seasons. The nation is a champion of conservation and has a number of excellent national parts to explore including Chobe, Moremi, Makgadigadi, Central Kalahari and Nxai Pan National Park to name a few. Thanks to its array of wildlife – cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs, buffalo and giraffe to name a few – it is a renowned incentive travel destination with DMCs like Dragonfly Africa, Grosvenor and Wedgewood offering a range of packages for the region.
According to a recent white paper by HVS called Learnings From and For Africa’s Game Lodge Industry, the African safari experience is epitomised in just few countries on the continent – one of which id Botswana. “The popularity of tourism in the plains of Serengeti, or the dotted landscape of Mara, the vastness of the Kruger National Park, the deltas and deserts of Botswana are examples of this trend. HVS anticipates this momentum will grow as tourism and connectivity in African wildlife destinations continues, presenting a strong investment potential for passionate developers/wildlife conservationists especially in upcoming wildlife destinations in Africa (reserves of Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda and Zambia among others).”
Although it has a small population when compared with the rest of Southern Africa, Botswana continues to grow and hold its own as a world-class business events destination. It has hosted the Diamonds Still Sparkling conference in Gaborone twice in six years, and hosted the 11th International Kimberlite Conference in September. The country sees mainly mining and investment conferences and events through its borders, although late last year Botswana hosted a leading ITU event: the 14th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium.
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