Vast wild open spaces

Low volume tourism

What sets a Botswana safari apart from other Southern African countries is the concept of “low-volume” tourism. Most of our recommended properties in Botswana are set on wide open spaces on private concessions, coupled with capacities restricted in many cases to 20 guests or less, it is easy to feel as if you have “the entire place” to yourself while on one of our luxury Botswana safaris.

Tourism Statistics

  • Tourism density is only 3 tourists per square kilometre
  • Population density is only 4 locals per square kilometre
  • 12.85 metric tons of carbon dioxide were emitted per person in 2021 (Qatar emits 35.6 per person)
  • 29.1% of total terrestrial area is protected
  • Botswana’s Human Development Index score is 0.735
  • Ranked 48 on the Global Peace Index

Botswana – is renown for its unspoiled beauty and abundance of wildlife, making it a top destination for luxury travellers and adventure seekers alike. Aside from its natural wonders, Botswana is also an outstanding destination for sustainable tourism. Botswana has a big emphasis on high-value, low-volume tourism. Botswana is a sort after destination for sustainable tourism, from its successful efforts to minimise environmental impact to its inspiring initiatives that maximise positive social and cultural influence.

Sustainable Management

The high-value, low-volume tourism model is an approach for promoting tourism that focuses on quality over quantity. It involves offering visitors a unique and exclusive experience tailor made to each traveller’s individual requirements. The model emphasises the importance of conservation and sustainability in tourism and providing high-quality services and amenities that will attract and retain visitors. The goal is to create a sustainable tourism industry that offers long-term benefits to the country and its people.

Botswana implemented the ‘Responsible Tourism’ policy, designed to ensure that the country’s tourism industry is managed sustainably and responsibly, with consideration for the environment, local communities, and resources. The government has also has in place a Botswana Tourism Levy, which funds various tourism and hospitality-related projects. There are deliberate initiatives to promote eco-tourism, preserve local cultures and traditions, and a strict ‘no littering’ policy. 

Teamwork, Co-operation and Co-existance

Sustainable tourism in Botswana is an industry supported by various key players, including: the government of Botswana and the Botswana Tourism Board, are responsible for developing and applying sustainable tourism policies and regulations, as well as providing the necessary financial and technical support to ensure the industry’s success. The tourism board promotes responsible practices, such as reducing pollution and waste, limiting human impact on wildlife, and supporting local communities. By working together, Botswana’s government and tourism board are helping to safeguard the country can enjoy a sustainable future.

The Private Sector

Including tour operators, accommodation providers and transportation companies, are key for developing and delivering sustainable tourism. Companies reduce environmental impacts by implementing green practices, such as reducing waste and emissions, improving energy efficiency, and investing in renewable energy sources. Companies help to create jobs and invest in local communities, helping to increase economic growth and reduce poverty.

Local Communities

Botswana is big on Community-Based Tourism and encourages local communities to develop and manage tourism businesses. Local communities play an important role in ensuring sustainability. They have a long-standing tradition of conserving their natural resources and protecting their environment. They have adopted traditional land management practices eg: rotational grazing, which helps to prevent overgrazing and soil erosion. Managing protected areas such as national parks and game reserves and by restricting access to certain areas and engaging in community-based ecotourism.  They are also involved in the sustainable use of natural resources such as water, fish and wildlife and are committed to preserving their traditional ways of life.

Planning for Future Change

Botswana’s government is taking positive steps to ensure its nation is prepared for future environmental change. Investing in a national climate change adaptation strategy, which focuses on building the necessary infrastructure and resources to be resilient to climate change impacts. This includes investing in renewable energy, increasing water conservation efforts, and early warning systems to anticipate extreme weather events. The government encourages sustainable land management and land use practices to ensure that natural resources are managed responsibly. Through these efforts, the Botswana government actively plans for future environmental changes and ensures the nation is prepared for any potential impacts.

Botswana is a world-class sustainable tourism destination due to its commitment to preserving its natural environment and cultural heritage. Its well-managed wildlife reserves, national parks, and game reserves allow tourists to experience the region’s beauty without disrupting its ecosystems’ natural balance. Additionally, Botswana has a robust set of policies and laws to protect its environment, ensuring that the region remains an attractive destination for visitors worldwide. With its commitment to sustainability, Botswana is an ideal destination for those seeking a unique and unforgettable travel experience.  Serendipity Safaris will take you there, so check out our trips to Botswana.