Botswana

bc-map2At 229,000 sq. miles Botswana is just a tad smaller than Texas and in some regards resembles much of that state. There is a small but very important ranching industry which supports much of South Africa with its beef. The country is rich in mineral resources, not Texas' oil, but rather, diamonds and coal. And the climate is almost identical to Texas' (though reversed by hemisphere).

The resemblance ends there, though, as nearly three-quarters of Botswana is uninhabitable with fewer than 2 million inhabitants. Much is the famous Kalahari desert and equally famous, Okavango Delta. The delta is actually the Kalahari in flood. The northern border are the rivers which form the great Zambezi. These areas are famous tourist areas, wild and undeveloped, with big game and ecologies found nowhere else on earth.