At Glance

Location Botswana is a land-locked country situated in southern Africa. It borders South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Approximately two-thirds of the country lies within the Tropics.
Country Size Botswana covers an area of 581 730 square kilometres – about the size of France or Kenya.
Capital Gaborone
Topography Most of the country is flat, with some small hills in the eastern areas. Kalahari sands cover 84 percent of the surface area. With the exception of the northern areas, most of Botswana is without perennial surface water.
Urban Centres Francistown, Lobatse, Selebi-Phikwe
Tourism Centres Maun, Kasane
Independence day 30 September 1966
Government Multi-party democracy
Head of State His Excellency Lt. Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama
Population 1.85 million, with an average annual growth rate of 2.4 % (2006 statistics)
National Language Setswana
Official Language English
Currency Botswana Pula (BWP)
Main Exports Diamonds, copper nickel, beef, soda ash, tourism
Major Crops Maize, sorghum, millet

    Tourist Reviews

    Fauluos Makgadikgadi Pans
    This was our first stop on a safari trip to Botswana and to be honest we had not expected big things from this camp. How wrong we were, the accommodation, staff and food were all excellent and we were made to feel very much at home. As with many...

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    Health

    Botswana is one of the healthiest countries in sub-Saharan Africa, with good primary health care facilities available throughout the country. However, the following health precautions are advised.

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