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Introduction ix PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 History and Economy 3 History 3, Government and administration 17, Economy 17 Chapter 2 People and Culture 21 Population overview 21, Social groups or 'tribes' 21, Language 38, Religion 38, Education 39, Culture 39 Chapter 3 The Natural Environment 45 Physical environment 45, Flora and fauna 55, Conservation 61 Chapter 4 Planning and Preparation 67 When to go and highlights 67, Organising and booking your trip 75, Red tape 89, Getting there and away 91, Money and budgeting 94, What to take 98, Getting around 103, Accommodation 107, Food and drink 108, Crafts and curios 109, Communications 110, The media 111, Travelling positively 112 Chapter 5 Health and Safety 115 Health 115, Safety 128 Chapter 6 Into the Wilds 133 Driving 133, Bushcamping 137, Walking in the bush 141, Boating 145, Minimum impact 147 PART TWO THE GUIDE 149 Chapter 7 Maun 151 Getting there and away 151, Orientation 155, Getting around 155, Where to stay 158, Where to eat and drink 166, Entertainment and nightlife 167, Shopping 167, Other practicalities 169, What to see and do 171, Beyond Maun: getting organised 174, The road north of Maun: to Moremi and Chobe 179 Chapter 8 Kasane and the Northeast 181 Kasane 181, Around Kasane 198, South of Kasane 202 Chapter 9 Chobe National Park and Forest Reserve 205 Background information 205, Getting organised 211, Chobe riverfront 212, Chobe Forest Reserve 221, Liambezi area 222, Driving from Kasane to Savuti 222, Ngwezumba Pans 227, Ghoha Hills 228, Savuti 229, Driving south from Savuti 238, Linyanti 239 Chapter 10 Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando Reserves 243 Background information 243, Linyanti Concession (NG15) 244, Linyanti and Saile Enclave (CH1) 249, Selinda Concession (NG16) 250, Kwando Concession (NG14) 254 Chapter 11 The Okavango Delta - Moremi Game Reserve 259 Background information 259, The Mopane Tongue 265, The private areas of Moremi (NG28) 283 Chapter 12 The Okavango Delta - Private Reserves around Moremi 293 Mapula (NG12) 296, Khwai Development Trust (NG18 and NG19) 297, Kwara (NG20) 298, Xugana, Camp Okavango and Shinde (NG21) 302, Vumbura and Duba Plains (NG22 and NG23) 306, Community area (NG24) 311, Jao, Kwetsani, Jacana, Tubu and Pelo (NG25) 312, Abu, Seba and Macatoo (NG26) 318, Pom Pom, Kanana and Nxabega (NG27A) 322, Delta, Oddballs', Gunn's and Eagle Island (NG27B) 327, Xigera, Mombo and Chief's Camp (NG28) 333, Gubanare, Xudum, Xaranna and OHS (NG29 and NG30) 333, Chitabe and Sandibe (NG31) 339, Stanley's, Baines' and budget mokoro trips (NG32) 343, Sankuyo Tshwaragano Management Trust (NG33 and NG34) 348, Santawani Partnership (NG33) 351, Mababe (NG41) and Mankwe (NG43) 351 Chapter 13 The Okavango Panhandle and Northwest Kalahari 353 The Panhandle 353, The Delta's western fringes 366, The northwest Kalahari 373 Chapter 14 The Kalahari's Great Salt Pans 395 Background information 395, Getting organised 402, Nxai Pan National Park 403, Makgadikgadi Pans 410, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park 424, Towns around the pans 432 Chapter 15 The Central Kalahari 439 Background information 439, Practical information 444, What to see and do 454 Chapter 16 Livingstone and the Victoria Falls 459 Livingstone 459, What to see and do 470 Appendix 1 Wildlife Guide 477 Appendix 2 Language 501 Appendix 3 Further information 504 Index 512
Chris McIntyre is a director of a UK travel company specialising in southern Africa. He travels regularly throughout the region, including extended trips to Botswana.
'There can be few people better qualified to write a travel guide on Botswana than Chris McIntyre...Like all good guide books, this is packed with all kinds of practical and wide-ranging advice - from driving near elephants to maps with GPS references and how to shake hands Botswana style....What's more, even the nuts-and-bolts sections are well-written and make enjoyable reading. In particular, the region-by-region chapters on the country's reserves, camps and lodges had me longing to jump on the first plane to Maun. Each area is painstakingly described - clearly the result of meticulous first-hand research...If you can take only one book to Botswana, make sure it's this one.' BBC Wildlife 'Gives a complete coverage of this unique ecosystem and its bird and plant life.' NHBS (Natural History Book Services) 'The definitive guide for wildlife enthusiasts.' Wanderlust 'A good overview of the parks' - Wanderlust '...excellent companion for your Okavango trip.' Travel Africa