Botswana Capitalizes On Eco-Tourism

Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world, a country the size of France but with just over 2 million people.

Although the population is small in comparison to the total land mass, the humble nation is abundant in natural resources including wildlife, minerals, and diamonds. Botswana also has the distinct honour of housing 40% of Africa’s entire elephant population, which does well to attract a larger population of tourists than those who reside in the country.

“The number of visitors we have into Botswana is between 2.6 and 2.7 million, which is more than the population of Botswana,” saidTshedidi Khama, Botswana’s Minister for Environment, Wildlife and Tourism.

“We have made a deliberate decision to grow tourism in this country and become imaginative in the way in which we’re doing that. In 2002, the country adopted a national ecotourism strategy aimed at conserving Botswana’s natural resources and wildlife,” explains Khama.

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Source: Footprint to Africa