Harsh salt-crusted pans, extensive semi-arid desert grasslands, lush floodplains and rivers teaming with animals and birdlife – Botswana has something to offer all year round. It is considered to be one of the best wildlife destinations in the world. Conservation is a core priority for the country, with some 38% of its area devoted to national parks and managed wildlife areas. A philosophy of low-density tourism prevails to protect the environment, so exclusive, luxury accommodation features in many of the more remote private park areas. Many game encounters here can be up close, and in seclusion, away from the bustling tourist masses.