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If you grew up watching the Discovery Channel, desperately begging your parents to take you to zoos and safaris, or simply have a love for all animals, Botswana is definitely the place for you. Located in Southern Africa, Botswana has one of the most robust economies in Africa, and is famous for its wildlife. Study Abroad students can volunteer at National Parks and work for wildlife preservation efforts. Filled with exotic wildlife of every kind, students can visit a Nata bird sanctuary, Gcwihaba Caverns, or even the Mokolodi Nature Reserve - home to giraffes, elephants, zebras, baboons, and so much more!
Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, is a perfect mix of urban and rural life - developed enough for students to safely and comfortably stay while traveling abroad, yet filled with game reserves where you could visit with a tour guide for a two-hour game drive and see baboons, giraffes, wart hogs, zebras, elephants, hippos, and more. Travel to the wild parks and sit at their picnic benches - but be careful of grumpy monkeys and ostriches!
A tourist hub, Kasane is an amazing place to stay as well, located on the south bank of the Chobe river, it is a jumping-off point for the Chobe-Victoria falls. While there, students can go on game drives in the Chobe National Park, or even decide to do self-drive game drives (as long as they have the proper equipment!). River cruises down the Chobe River are also offered by many operators, as well as day trips to Victoria Falls. Students curious about the Namibian culture can even plan a trip with a local tribe to the traditional Namibian village on Imalila Island to observe their ways of life and how they carry out their days.
Maun offers scenic sightseeing and charter flights that carry from 3-10 passengers across the desert so that students can see the wild animals that live there. Destinations include Victoria Falls, the prairies of Lusaka, Windhoek, and Gaborone. At night you could even go to the Trekkers Nightclub, which is especially popular with the locals
Botswana has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country with a per-capita GDP of $13,300 in 2008. Diamond mining is a huge part of Botswana economy, and continues to bring in lots of revenue to the country.
The best time to visit the country is during the dry season, otherwise known as the "Safari High Season."
Adventurous students flock to Botswana for its wildlife and preserved natural sites. Some of Botswana's main attractions include the Okavango Delta, home to a huge variety of birds and mammals. This is a unique destination because students can see much of the wildlife from a traditional canoe.
Chobe National Park lies in Botswana's Delta and covers four distinct ecosystems. The Savuti marsh particularly offers some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, year round. In fact, if you have never seen an elephant before, you will definitely not miss them on a Safari ride here - over 120,000 elephants live in Chobe National Park.
Students, pioneers, and expedition seekers alike will fall in love with the beautiful country of Botswana. If the idea of living close to wild animals thrills you, and if being able to hike and drive up close to safari life and beautiful landscapes sends you into a frenzy, you would love studying abroad in Botswana.
Studying abroad doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg! Many scholarships are available to students who are interested in studying in Botswana.
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