I’m currently in Botswana, which is the 6th country in Africa I’ve visited. Botswana is about the side of Texas, but the population is only 2 million people. We had a 10 hour drive and didn’t see many people!
Unlike Zambia and Malawi, which are both considered to be some of the poorest countries in the world, Botswana is the 2nd wealthiest country in Africa. Most of their money comes from diamond industry – diamonds account for ~ 70% of Botswana’s GDP and they’re the largest exporter of diamonds in the world.
Driving through the country, it didn’t feel and look that wealthy though; I think there’s a major divide between the rich and poor – rich government but poor people.
We drove an hour from Maun (where we’re staying) to Mokoro Station, along the delta. A “mokoro” is a traditional dugout canoe, made from local wood. They’re pretty narrow, with two seats in them.
At the back, there is a “poler”, which is the guide. They have a long stick and navigate the mokoro with that. The water is really shallow, so they push the stick off the sand on the water for traction.