Situated in central southern Africa, Botswana lies at about 950 metres above sea level and more than 600 kilometres from the nearest coast. The country’s most striking features are its relative flatness and aridity. This makes the Okavango Delta even more remarkable: a wetland within a desert that receives its waters from rain falling in Angola, 1 000 km away. Having achieved independence in 1966, Botswana has gone on to become a true African success story. The country’s leaders have adopted an innovative approach to tourism, believing that low-volume, experiential ecotourism was the best way to create a sustainable conservation economy and uplift communities while still preserving the environment.