Botswana is a land of contrasts and striking beauty and is undoubtedly one of the world's most exciting holiday destinations. It is landlocked and straddles the Tropic of Capricorn in the centre of the Southern African plateau between latitudes 17 and 27 and longitudes 20 and 30 east. It is bordered by South Africa in the south and southeast, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the northeast and east, and Namibia in the north and west. The natural beauty of Botswana is found in its land formations, its wilderness, wildlife and its cultural diversity. The land is flat, with gentle undulations and occasional rocky outcrops.
In the north-west, the Okavango River drains inland from Angola to form the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world. It provides sustenance to a rich profusion of wildlife, and it is still in its natural state - unspoiled and unpolluted. It attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year from all over the world. In this Delta, dryland mingles with wetland. It has marsh, river, grasslands, riverine forests of palms, islands, flood plains and lagoons. In fact, the Okavango Delta is an an oasis in a land dominated by the desert, and is part of the larger geographical network which embraces Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans and Mababe Depression.
In addition to this Delta, Botswana offers a number of other exciting areas. In the central north-east is a large area of plains bordering the Makgadikgadi Pans. In the east, adjacent to the Limpopo drainage system, the land rises above 1200 metres, and the Limpopo Valley gradually descends from 900 metres in the south to 500 metres at its confluence with the Shashe River.