A virtual travel guide to Botswana, a land-locked country situated in southern Africa.
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With an area of 582,000 sq km the country is slightly larger than France, or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Texas.
Approximately two-thirds of the country lies within the Tropics. Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. 38% of its total land area are devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas.
The country is sparsely populated because up to 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari Desert, the vast arid to semi-arid landscape in Southern Africa covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. Botswana's population of under 2 million people (in 2015) is concentrated in the eastern part of the country.
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Republic of Botswana
Republic of Botswana
conventional short form: Botswana
ISO Country Code: bw
Actual Time: Wed-Feb-10 00:19
Local Time = UTC +2h
Country Calling Code: +267
Capital City: Gaborone (pronounced ha-bo-ro-neh), pop. 213,000
Francistown (101,805 ), Selebi-Phikwe (49,017), Molepolole (47,094), Kanye (36,877), Serowe (33,335), Mahalapye (32,407), Lobatse (32,075), Maun (31,260), Mochudi (30,671).
Type: Republic, parliamentary democracy.
Independence: 30 September 1966 (from UK).
Location: Southern Africa, north of South Africa.
Area: 582,000 km² (224,710 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Desert and savanna, predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest.
Mostly subtropical, warm winters and hot summers.
Nationality: Motswana (sing.), Batswana (pl.).
Population: 2 million (2011 census)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 10 866 (year)
Ethnic groups: Tswana (or Setswana) 79%; Kalanga 11%; Kgalagadi, Herero, Bayeyi, Himbukush, Basarwa ("Bushmen"), Khoi ("Hottentots"), whites 10%.
Religions: Christianity 60%, indigenous beliefs 40%.
Languages: English (official), Setswana, Ikalanga.
Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver.
Agriculture products: Livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts.
Industries: Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash; livestock processing; textiles.
Exports partners: United Kingdom 85.8%, Zimbabwe 2.6%, USA 0.2% (2001)
Imports partners: United Kingdom 4.4%, Zimbabwe 3.1%, USA 1.7%, South Korea (2001)
(Source: Central Statistics Office CSO Botswana)
Currency: Pula (BWP)
Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. The economy, one of the most robust on the continent, is dominated by diamond mining.
Botswana has a flourishing multiparty constitutional democracy. Each of the elections since independence has been freely and fairly contested and has been held on schedule. The country's small white minority and other minorities participate freely in the political process.
Tourism is an increasingly important industry in Botswana, accounting for almost 12% of GDP. One of the world's unique ecosystems, the Okavango Delta, is located in Botswana. The country offers excellent game viewing and birding both in the Delta and in the Chobe Game Reserve--home to one of the largest herds of free-ranging elephants in the world. Botswana's Central Kalahari Game Reserve also offers good game viewing and some of the most remote and unspoiled wilderness in southern Africa.
(Source: various sources)
border countries: Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
related countries: Angola, United Kingdom, Zambia
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Official Sites of BotswanaThe Republic of Botswana
The Government of Botswana Web Site.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Responsible for the foreign policy of Botswana.
Address list of Botswana's Diplomatic Missions Abroad, Foreign Missions, and International Organizations based in Botswana.
Central Statistics Office CSO
Botswana in figures.
met. Services and Department of Meteorological Services
Official websites of the Botswana Department of Meteorological Services.
Botswana Government Agencies
Index of Botswana's National Government Agencies and Ministries.
Map of Botswana
Detailed map of Botswana.
Google Earth Botswana
Searchable map/satellite view of Botswana.
Google Earth Gaborone
Searchable map/satellite view of Botswana's capital city.
Map of Africa
Political Map of Africa.
Relief Map of Africa
Botswana NewsDaily News
Official Botswana news.
Weekly news from Botswana.
Daily independent newspaper in Botswana.
Current news from Botswana.
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Arts & CultureBotswana National Museum
Official site of the research and educational institution for natural and cultural heritage.
Organization dedicated to the preservation of Botswana's culture and heritage.
© Tourism of Botswana
Business & Economy
Bank of Botswana
Botswana 's Central Bank, Gaborone.
Business and Investment - Republic of Botswana
Botswana Economic Information.
Botswana's national airline.
Kalahari Air Services
Commercial maintenance and air charter service provider.
Destination Botswana - Country Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Botswana, Southern Africa: Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Kalahari desert region, Moremi, Mokolodi nature reserve.
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, skiing, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more.
Tourism of Botswana
Official web site for Tourism of Botswana.
Botswana National Atlas
Online version of the Botswana Encyclopaedia.
A guide to Botswana's game reserves: Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Kalahari, and Moremi.
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Tour guide to the Mokolodi nature reserve.
Kalahari Peoples Fund
San information site of the NGO for the benefit of the San (Bushmen, Basarwa) and other rural peoples of the Kalahari desert region.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
EducationMinistry of Education
Official site of the ministry.
University of Botswana
Gaborone, founded 1982.
University of Botswana Library Services (UBLIS)
Its mission is to contribute to the University's endeavours in the advancement of learning and academic enquiry.
Environment & NatureBirdlife Botswana
BirdLife Botswana strives to conserve Botswana's birds and their habitats.
Cheetah Conservation Botswana
Conserving the wild cheetah population of Botswana.
Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS)
Oldest environmental NGO in Botswana for the conservation of Botswana's environment and wildlife resources.
Living With Elephants Foundation
Explore the relationship between the African Elephant and people.
Environment Watch Botswana, a NGO that aims to monitor, protect and increase awareness about Botswana's environment.
Cheetahs © Cheetah Conservation Botswana
HistoryHistory of Botswana
Brief history of Botswana.
The almost complete Botswana Web Site Directory.
Additional Information on BotswanaAfrica South of Sahara (Karen Fung) Botswana
BBC News Country Profile: Botswana
University of Pennsylvania/African Studies: Botswana
The World Factbook -- Botswana
Other Countries of Southern Africa:
Lesotho | Namibia | South Africa | Swaziland
Maps of other Countries of Southern Africa:
Namibia Map | South Africa Map | Swaziland Map
Searchable Maps of other Countries of Southern Africa:
Lesotho Interactive Map | Namibia Interactive Map | South Africa Interactive Map | Swaziland Interactive Map
Major Cities in Southern Africa:
Bloemfontein | Cape Town | Durban | Gaborone | Johannesburg | Maseru | Mbabane | Nelspruit | Polokwane
Port Elizabeth | Pretoria | Rustenburg | Windhoek
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