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About Botswana

Interesting tid bits of Information about Botswana.

Basic factual information:

• Established independence in 1966 from the British.

• Population: 2 Million

• Primary Economic Resources: Diamonds, Safari’s, Cattle Exports

• Primary Religion: Christian

• Official Languages: Setswana, English

The Flag:

The  Botswana flag is interesting.  The background is mainly blue which represents water, which is precious in this dry country.  The black and white stripes represent the black and white people in the country living in harmony.

Names:
Botswana is the name of the country.  Motswana is one person from Botswana, the plural is Batswana.


Things to do in Northern Botswana:

-Enjoy mokoro rides through the Okavango Delta

-See Africa’s big five (Lion, Lepard, Buffalo, Elephant, rhinoceros)

-Ancient rock painting and cave exploration

-Fly over the Okavango Delta

-Go on a game drive

-Camp in a game reserve.  See wild animal migrations.  See rare animals including the black maned lion.

-Walk on the pans with native bush-man tribe people.

Locations include:

Okavango Delta | Moremi Game Reserve | Linyati, Selinda and Kwando | Khama Rhino Sanctuary | Tsodilo Hills

 

Things to do in Kgalagadi Central Botswana:

-Go on a game drive

-Camp in a game reserve.  See wild animal migrations.  See rare animals including the black maned lion.

-Walk on the pans with native bush-man tribe people.

Locations include:

The Kgalagadi | Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve  | Central Kalahari Game Reserve | Khutse Game Reserve | Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Khama Rhino Sanctuary | Gcwihaba Caves and Aha Hills | Chobe National Park

 

Things to do in Eastern Botswana:

-Tour the North Tuli Game reserve on foot or bike

-See cultural museums in Fransistown

-Visit ancient civiliations sites

-Visit Moremi Gorge waterfalls

Locations include:

Northern Tuli Game Reserve | Old Palapye | Tswapong Hills |

Also:  Selebi-Phikwe | Francistown

Things to do in Southern Botswana:

-Relax at modern and luxious hotels

-Visit local casinos

-See cultural museums and art stores

Locations include:

Gaborone | Day Trips heading South | Day Trips heading West | Day Trips heading North

GAME RESERVES  (just the names of the main ones)

  • Botswana– Moremi Games Reserve
  • Botswana– Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Botswana– Kgalagadi Transfrontiers
  • Botswana– Northern Tuli Game Reserve

OTHER ACTIVITIES: 

  • Botswana– Tsodilo Hills – Stone Age Rock Painting.
  • Botswana–Nxai PanNational Park- Great Baines Baobabs, (some more than 3500 years old!)
  • Botswana-MakgadikgadiPansNational Park-  Salt pans visible from space.

 

Botswana Tourism Book – www.discoverbotswanathebook.com.   The pictures in the magazine are great.  You may be able to see some great pictures on this web site.

Seasons

Spring is September to December

Summer is December to February

Fall is March to June

Winter is June to August

 

Visas: are not needed for American Citizens.

Departure Tax:  P100.00 ($15.50 USA)

Language:  Official language is English and Setswana.  More than half the population will be able to speak English to you, especially in the larger villages and cities and almost all the young people can and everyone on a Safari can.

Vaccinations:  You must have the Yellow Fever Vaccination 30 days before arriving in Botswana.  They will require proof of the vacation at customs (your doctor must provide you with an official yellow US Vaccination Card that you should keep in your passport.  If traveling in the spring or up north you should also talk to your doctor about Malaria prevention medications before departure.

Drivers License:  US Drivers Licenses are accepted and International Drivers Licenses if written in English.

Money:  There are several banks where ATM cards are generally accepted with the PLUS system.  Credit cards are accepted at major hotels and restaurants, but not in medium or smaller places.  You should carry Pula’s in order to facilitate travel needs in smaller or medium size towns or villages as no one takes US Dollars anywhere.  Seems like all Safaris’ will take credit cards.

Time:  Time is GMT plus 2.   There is no day lights’ saving time here.

The water is safe to drink.



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