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WHY BOTSWANA?

Elephants near Great Plains’ Zarafa Camp in Selinda Reserve. Home to the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savuti Channel, Selinda links the Oakavngo Delta with Chobe National Park
GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION

I often ask myself why I love Botswana. It’s like asking anyone in love why they fell in love in the beginning. It is the lift of hair in the breeze, the fragrant scent that you can still remember from the first time you saw her, the sound of laughter that lifted your own spirit to the clouds. It is why I fell in love with Beverly, and with Botswana.

Even now I can recall the scent of wild sage mixed in with the particular elephant smells across the mopane woodland in the north, that no-man’s land between the rivers that bustle with life in the dry season and the vast wilderness that sucks up thousands of herds and makes then disappear into the greenery each wet season.

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