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

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    Getting There

    By Air

    Air Botswana, Botswana’s national and only airline, provides international flights between Gaborone and Johannesburg, Gaborone and Harare, Maun and Johannesburg, Kasane and Johannesburg and Francistown and Johann