About Botswana

Between the 1880s and its independence in the 1960s, Botswana was a poor and peripheral British protectorate known as Bechuanaland. Post 1960 the country was renamed Botswana after its dominant ethnic group, the Tswana or Batswana and has increased its international stature as a peaceful democratic state. With one of the quickest growing economies in the world Botswana has prospered based on the mining of diamonds and is now an African success story as it's enjoying a high level of economic stability.


About Botswana

Botswana is a predominantly flat country covering an area of over 580,000km, most of which is dominated by the famous Kalahari Desert. Botswana is also home to the world's largest oasis, the Okavango delta, a fascinating location attracting a vast number of animal and bird species making it the perfect place for game viewings. The eastern border of the country is dotted with low hills, bare rocks and a few small rivers. The country is home to a phenomenal variety of wildlife including elephant, leopard, rhino, hippo, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe and zebra.

Size: (Approx) 580,000 square kilometres

Population: (Approx) 2 million people

Capital: Gaborone

Languages: English & Setswana

Religion: Christianity, Islam & Hinduism

Land borders: Namibia, South Africa & Zimbabwe.

Climate: Botswana's climate is semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months (November - March). Rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional. Often a heavy downpour may occur in one area while 10 kilometres away there is no rain at all.

Money: Botswana Pula

Tipping: Tipping in Botswana although not compulsory, is widely practiced. Like South Africa, many employees in the tourism industry will not be earning a large basic wage and therefore rely on tips from customers to help financially.

Formalities: For stays of up to 90 days a visa is not required if you are a UK resident holding a UK passport. For all other nationalities please check with the foreign office to confirm what your visa requirements are.

Travel advice: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office produce up-to-date information on countries around the world. This can be checked on



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