Investing in Botswana Conservation

Safest investment environment in Africa !

Botswana’s economy is one of the strongest in Africa and the country has one of the world’s highest growth rates, largely attributed to abundant diamond resources coupled with sound macroeconomic policies and a small population.  Botswana is relatively peaceful with a low crime rate, and it has practiced fiscal discipline and sound management.  In a nutshell, a business case toward investing in Botswana can be listed as follows:

  • Botswana, the “Switzerland of Africa”
  • Stable multi-party democracy since 1966
  • No Exchange Control
  • Stronger currency compared to the South African Rand
  • English speaking in parliament and law
  • Highest GDP per Capita Head in Africa
  • Part of the Commonwealth
  • Black and white stripes on flag to reflect racial harmony
  • Administration and enforcement of regulations (no corruption)
  • Environmental regulations
  • Low crime rate
  • Favourable Tax Regime
  • Deliberate upmarket tourism positioning (low human footprint)
  • Attractive to property investments as there are no land claims or restrictions to land investments like in South Africa

And more particularly to the Tuli Block region, including Limpopo Lipadi Game Reserve :

  • FREEHOLD property rights
    • In Botswana, 97% of land is owned by the government or through concessions, with only 3% owned outright (freehold, full title deed) and limited to a few areas such as the Tuli Block in Southeast Botswana.
  • Closeness to South Africa’s infrastructure
    • Access to hospitals (Polokwane) in case of medical emergency
    • Access to broadband Internet

 Wildlife Conservation in Botswana

Invest in Africa where Nature Conservation stands a chance !

Bostwana is world renowned for its exceptional wildlife and more generally its pristine nature environment, thanks partly to its low population density and also to determination from the highest level of government to conduct an uncompromising policy to preserve nature as an asset.

Botswana has set aside nearly 40% of its total land surface for conservation in national parks, game reserves and management areas known as private reserves or concessions. Its two million inhabitants live mostly around the only two major cities, Gaborone and Francistown accounting together for 30 % of the overall Botswana population.

Botswana Conservation

Several studies have shown that Botswana and Namibia are the only two countries to stand a chance in the long run of preserving wildlife from human encroachment in Africa.  Yet, alarming declines in some species also prove that Botswana cannot afford to rest on its laurels. It may be due to the overpopulation of elephants impacting the ecosystem, particularly in the north (Okavango Delta).  Hence only a region wide policy involving all neighbouring countries (particularly Zimbabwe) can help restore natural migration routes and help sustain a very fragile environment. In the meantime, a hunting ban has been declared countrywide in 2014.

Each region of Botswana has its own beauty.  It would be pointless to compare the Okavango to the Kalahari, and this applies also to the lesser known Tuli region and Limpopo-Lipadi, sometimes nicknamed “Home of the Leopard”.  The Tuli could be called the “HIDDEN GEM of Botswana”, and Daley’s Koppie epitomises the beauty of this best kept secret…