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
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 www.fco.gov.uk.