Bordered by South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, Botswana is one of the jewels of the African continent when it comes to its wildlife and conservation efforts. With unique and varied landscapes that stretch from the lush Okavango Delta in the north to the dry arid plains that border South Africa in the south, this peaceful and politically stable country offers some of the best safari opportunities anywhere on Earth. Our group trips are open to anyone with an enthusiasm for volunteering together in the developing world; including those at school, in a community group, at university or working together.
With a topologically flat landscape that’s dominated by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, Botswana is one of the world’s best destinations for spotting wildlife. The undulating grasslands of the Kalahari provide a home to a diverse variety of plants and animals which have adapted to cope with the harsh conditions including; wild dogs, giraffes, and cheetahs. The inland river delta supports a wide spectrum of flora and fauna which becomes a lush animal habitat during the rainy season.
With a population of only 2 million people, Botswana is also one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world with 10% of the population living in the capital city Gaborone. Initially a member of the British Commonwealth, Botswana is now one of the most stable countries in Africa. It boasts Africa’s longest continuous multi-party democracy, having a good human rights record and remaining relatively free from corruption. The success of diamond mining, cattle ranching and tourism has pulled Botswana from being one of the poorest countries to now one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Projects Abroad’s Base – Wild at Tuli Reserve
The Bushveld Conservation Project is based in the sprawling nature reserve of Wild at Tuli, situated in Botswana’s central Tuli Block. Rich red sand and abundant rock formations dominate the landscape of this region, providing ideal shelter for big cats, along with Mashatu and two thousand year old Baobab trees. This region is also home to incredible elephant populations, as well as lions, leopard, impala and wildebeest.
It is in these rugged and impressive surroundings that Projects Abroad volunteers focus on protecting wildlife and the biodiversity of the area. The conservation work you will be involved with will include tree wrapping, creating species lists, data collection, building bird hides, anti-poaching patrols and animal tracking.
When not working on the reserve you will have the opportunity to spend your days at the camp lodge; cooling down in the pool and staring in awe at the magical Milky Way, or enjoying conversations around a roaring camp fire.
Travel and Tourism
Tourism has become an important part of Botswana’s economy boasting the nation as the premier photographic safari destination. With iconic parks such as Chobe and Moremi providing opportunities for exceptional wildlife viewing, and Mokoro (canoe) trips in the Okavango Delta for witnessing amazing sunrises and sunsets, Botswana remains one of the most popular destinations in Africa.
When travelling in Botswana tourists have a choice of accommodation ranging from top class hotels and luxury lodges to guesthouses and camping grounds. There is something for all types of traveller.
Botswana’s cuisine is unique and shares some of its characteristics with other nations in Southern Africa. The traditional dish of Botswana is Seswaaa; a meat dish of (beef, goat, chicken or lamb) which is served with polenta, pap or sorghum.
During the last 50 years, the traditional creative skills of the nation have been used to make souvenirs for the passing tourist. Traditional clay pots, beautifully woven baskets (made from real fan palm), wooden artefacts and distinctive paintings by Bushmen are some of the tradition articles tourists can take home as mementoes of Botswana.