Thursday, January 24, 2013

Moremi Game Reserve Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa,  Namibia  Zimbabwe and Zambia (for a very small part).

In March 1885 Botswana was declared a British Protectorate. Extensive territories were incorporated into the then British colony of South Africa under the name of British Bechuanaland. In 1966 the country became the independent Republic of Botswana with Sir Seretse Khama its first President.

Moremi falls within the tribal land of the Batswana and is named after the late Chief Moremi III. It was clear to his wife, who reigned after his death, that the game in their traditional hunting grounds was fast disappearing. 

With encouragement from conservationists, Mrs Moremi proclaimed the Moremi Game Reserve in March 1963 and the tribe agreed to vacate the land. Today, Moremi rates as one of the leading wildlife areas of the world.

From a set of 14 stamps picturing butterflies, issued 2007: Sapphire (left), Apricot Playboy (right) and an African Monarch (bottom).


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