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|Africa Pride was established by Edurne Martinez - Garcia in 1996 in Maun, Botswana. Africa
Pride is one of only a few agencies operating from within Botswana offering personalised
travel and safari services to the International traveller. With extensive knowledge of the
photographic safari industry and a passion for wildlife, Edurne offers over a decade of
experience to people wishing to explore this vast African wilderness.
Edurne is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Botswana is a landlocked country in southern Africa, and borders South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and
Zambia. With a population of less than two million, Botswana is one of the three least-populated countries
in the world, but is equivalent in size to France or Texas. The country essentially is composed of a high
(3000 feet) and rather featureless plateau, and forms a significant part of the Kalahari Desert.
However, in the north, Botswana is blessed with one of the few inland deltas in the world, formed where
the Okavango River meets the Kalahari sands. This oasis of water, sand, trees, and grasses is famous
throughout the world as a haven for wildlife in great numbers and diversity. The Okavango Delta has
become a favoured destination for wildlife tourism, on par with the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti
in Tanzania. The advantage the Okavango has, however, is that you can drive all day without necessarily
encountering another vehicle and therefore enjoy this unique environment largely on your own.
South of the Delta, Botswana offers the magnificence of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the stark
beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Both are exceptional places of solitude, African skies wide beyond
description, and sudden encounters with wildlife around unexpected corners. This was the terrain of many
famous explorers like Baines and Livingstone.
Botswana has been an exception among African countries in that it has long enjoyed both political stability
and a working democracy. The country achieved an enviable transformation from being one of the world’
s poorest countries at Independence in 1966 to current prosperity founded on the three pillars of diamond
mining, cattle ranching and tourism. Stability and prosperity have helped Botswana preserve its
magnificent inheritance of wildlife and wild lands, as well as building a strong road, telecommunication,
and health care network.