oa Botswana Notes & Records - The Establishment of National Parks and Game Reserves in Botswana

Volume 36 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



In 1925 Kalahari sands cover about 75% of the Bechuanaland Protectorate. The Kalahari contains not only the Okavango Delta, but fossil rivers, dead lakebeds and grass-covered pans, dune formations, parkland, mosaics of varying woodlands, savanna and open grassland. Three different legal forms of land ownership pertained in the 1930s and still do. Crownland, now called State Lands, have been much reduced in size. Tribal Reserves, the property of individual tribes where the greater part of the country's population lived and still lives, have been enlarged at the expense of Crownland. And small areas of Freehold land, originally owned by White farmers, were, and still are, used for cattle ranching. Differences in the land's legal statuses have, to some extent, shaped the ways in which reserves and parks have been established.

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