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Botswana At A Glance

Welcome to Botswana Safaris. Here is the country of Botswana At A Glance to get a better understanding of the country.

Basic Information

Official name: Republic of Botswana

Area: 581,730 sq. km

Government: Unitary constitutional parliamentary republic

Borders

North: Namibia

North East: Zambia, Zimbabwe

West: Namibia

South: South Africa

Capital

Gaborone

Provinces

  • Central
  • Ghanzi
  • Kgalagadi
  • Kgatleng
  • Kweneng
  • North East
  • North West
  • South East
  • Southern

Population

Total: 2.65 million

Male: 1.31 million (49.4%)

Female: 1.34 million (50.6%)

Language

Official language: Tswana,English, Khoe and San

Business Language: English

Time Zone

UTC (Coordinated Universal Time Greenwich)+2  

Currency

Currency: Botswanan Pula

ISO Code: BWA

Credit cards: Yes

Cards: Mastercard and Visa widely used, American Express and Diners Club not widely used

Traveler’s cheques: Accepted

Tips: Customary

Currency Exchange

Exchange Rate: €1= 14.70 BWP

  • Airports
  • Banks
  • Hotels
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • ATMs

Economy & GDP

Real GDP Growth: 5.8 %

US $ 20,352,322.16 (current US$ for 2022)

US $ 48,195,033.82 (PPP)

GDP per Capita

US $ 7,737.7 (current US $ in 2022)

US $ 18,323.0 (PPP in 2022)

Key Economic Sectors

  • Trade
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Mining
  • Finance

Transport

Major roads in Botswana are tarmacked making driving conditions quite favorable

Stable domestic and international rail and air facilities.

Public transport in major cities

Health

Healthcare sector steadily improving

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Quick Facts About Botswana

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Botswana Travel Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

Botswana is considered one of the premier safari destinations in Africa, renowned for its vast wildlife reserves, diverse landscapes, and exceptional viewing opportunities. The Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park are just a few of the iconic locations teeming with incredible wildlife, from majestic elephants and lions to elusive cheetahs and a myriad of bird species.

The dry season, generally from May to October, is considered the prime time for safaris in Botswana. During this period, the vegetation thins out, making it easier to spot animals gathering around water sources. Additionally, the weather is generally sunny and warm, offering comfortable safari conditions.

The cost of a Botswana safari can vary widely depending on various factors such as the duration of the safari, the level of luxury desired, the time of year, and the specific activities included. On average, a mid-range safari package in Botswana might cost anywhere from $300 to $800 per person per day.

Visa requirements for entry into Botswana vary depending on your nationality. It's advisable to check with the nearest Botswana embassy or consulate or visit the official website of the Botswana immigration department to determine the specific visa requirements for your country of residence.

Botswana is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and diverse landscapes. From the lush Okavango Delta, one of the world's largest inland deltas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the vast expanses of the Kalahari Desert and the wildlife-rich Chobe National Park, Botswana offers a mesmerizing tapestry of scenery.

Botswana boasts an impressive array of national parks and reserves, each offering a unique safari experience. As of the latest count, there are 4 national parks and a number of game reserves in Botswana. These include iconic destinations such as Chobe National Park, known for its large elephant herds; Moremi Game Reserve, renowned for its diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes; and Nxai Pan National Park, famous for its expansive salt pans and unique desert-adapted wildlife.

Botswana offers a diverse range of accommodation options to suit various budgets and preferences. Luxurious safari lodges and tented camps provide an immersive experience amidst the wilderness, often featuring comfortable accommodations to enhance your safari adventure. Alternatively, more budget-friendly options like guesthouses and campsites are also available, particularly in larger towns and villages.

The official currency in Botswana is the Pula (BWP). While USD, Euros, and South African Rands are accepted at some establishments, particularly in larger tourist areas, it's recommended to carry and exchange some Pula for everyday transactions. Major credit cards are also widely accepted at most hotels and lodges.

Botswana is generally considered a safe tourist destination with a low crime rate. However, as with any travel destination, it's advisable to exercise caution. Be mindful of your belongings in crowded areas, and avoid carrying excessive amounts of cash

The national language of Botswana is Setswana and is widely spoken. English is the second official language of Botswana and is widely spoken in tourist areas, making communication relatively easy.

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Zambia Tour

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Table Mountain Cable Way | Ameera Yacht | Cape Point | Funicular Train Ride | Seal Island

South Africa Luxury Safari

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7 Days Botswana And Victoria Falls Adventure Tour

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Zambia Tour

7 Days On Request

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