Botswana is located in the South of the African continent and covers about 600,000 square kilometers. With only 1.8 million inhabitants, it’s one of the more sparsely populated countries in the world. The country gained independence from the UK in 1966 and has been a parliamentary democracy ever since. Botswana’s tourism policy has a very restrictive set-up, using concessions – contractual rights – to limit the numbers of guests for each area. This makes Botswana an expensive but at the same time it has successfully preserved the authenticity of its various areas. In practice this means that, unlike in other African countries, you don’t have to stand in line with ten other jeeps to catch a glimpse of a sleeping lion.