The only way to comprehend the areas encompassed by Chobe, Makgadikgadi and Okavango Delta Ramsar Site is to deal in superlatives. Chobe is home to the highest elephant concentration in all Africa. Makgadikgadi to one of the largest saltpans in the world. And when the Okavango Delta floods each the summer, it attracts more than 200,000 large mammals.
As this is also a region with few population centres of any note, ecotourism is one of the only sectors that can provide sustainable employment. Through focussing on high end, low impact ecotourism, and the many services that support it, around 60,000 jobs have been created and US$650 million contributed to Botswana’s GDP. Whether collaborating with neighbours on the even larger Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area or ensuring that all eco-certified companies sell locally produced handicrafts on site, there is no vision too large, nor any detail too small in the commitment to keeping Botswana as a rare beacon of hope for Africa’s wildlife and people.