Sustainable tourism offers tourists all over the world with the opportunity to travel around the world, in places where people have not put foot yet. At the same time it is aimed at preserving what the community values most and that is its independence, traditions and wildlife. More and more individuals from the industrialized world are interested in what is called cultural tourism and are intrigued by the thought of being able to live within an African community and experience the African culture and lifestyle. This article will guide readers through the concept of ecotourism in Botswana, one of the African countries whose ecotourism is still developing but which has a great potential of becoming an important source of money, for the community and for the country’s economy in general.
There are many places to visit in Botswana and one of them is the Okavango Delta. The ecotourism has slowly developed in the area mainly because the tourism here is dependent on its wildlife. This basically means that for tourism to still be an income source for the communities in the area, the wildlife must be preserved from a generation to another. Ecotourism is focused on this idea of preserving not only the wildlife but also the traditions and culture of the local communities, while allowing tourists to get a grasp of the African life.
Ecotourism is promoted nowadays in Botswana as the government and different associations have seen it as an important income resource. Tourists may choose to lodge at especially built lodging houses or they can stay with the locals, sharing different aspects of life with them. Ecotourism in Botswana offers tourists the opportunity to see how a community here lives, eats and handcrafts all types of souvenirs. Nevertheless, this type of tourism provides tourists with a cheap lodging alternative and the community with a chance to develop.