Botswana was recently named the number one must-see country in 2016 by Lonely Planet, and we can’t help but agree. Best known for its sprawling national parks and unique landscape, it should definitely be on your travel list this year. Plus, it’s so close to us, there really is no excuse for not going. WHY IT’S HOT You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to appreciate its rich wildlife. With three enormous, incredible parks to visit (Kgalagadi, Central Kalahari and Chobe), you’ll just have to go back more than once. Expect to see amazing animals like hippos, crocodiles, lions, leopards, black and white rhinos and exotic birds, to name a few. They also come out tops when it comes to meerkats, as no other country in the world has so many. Plus, Botswana is home to the world’s biggest concentration of African elephants living in Chobe National Park. Surrounded by the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta, this African gem is ideal for unconventional game viewing. Whether you canoe the delta (with a guide of course!) or walk the desert sands, you’ll get more up close and personal with the wildlife than you thought possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN The luxury camps in the country are second to none. Three nights at Chobe Bush Lodge, including breakfast and dinner daily, game drives and return flights to Livingstone, start at R12 620 per person; book now at

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