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President of Botswana - His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama
» 581,730 km2 (48th)
»Per capita $17,106
»Per capita $7,704
»Central Africa Time (UTC+2)
A cosmopolitan and peaceful country, Botswana is the perfect place to live and work. Its stability and economic growth have made it a dream destination for many visitors, eager to immerse themselves in the welcoming culture and numerous opportunities available.
The Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. It meets Zambia at a single point.
Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred meters long. Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana: Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa.
Geographically the country is flat and up to 70% of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert. Botswana was one of the most impoverished countries in Africa when it became independent in 1966.
Today, it is home to a stable political system and a rapidly developing market economy.
Being closely tied with the economy of South Africa, the country’s economy is one of the most successful in Africa and is dominated by the fast-growing service sector, world-renowned diamond industry, tourism, and manufacturing.
Botswana seeks to diversify its economy away from minerals, the earnings from which have leveled off.
In 1998-99, non-mineral sectors of the economy grew at 8.9%, partially offsetting a slight 4.4% decline in the minerals sector. Foreign investment and management have been welcomed in Botswana.
Top 5 Products exported by Botswana
- Pearls, precious stones, metals, coins, etc. (66.3%)
- Nickel and articles thereof (14%)
- Ores, slag, and ash (4.2%)
- Articles of apparel and accessories either knit or crochet (2.8%)
- Articles of apparel and accessories neither knit nor crochet (2.6%)
Top 5 Products imported by Botswana
- Mineral fuels, oils, distillation products, etc. (17.2%)
- Boilers, machinery, nuclear reactors, etc. (11.3%)
- Vehicles other than railway ( 10.4%)
- Pearls, precious stones, metals, coins, etc. (8.2%)
- Electrical and electronic equipment (6.2%)
Botswana is Africa’s wildlife wonderland: One of the premier travel destinations in Africa; from the wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the salt pans of the Makgadikgadi – from world famous game reserves to small conservation areas – explore Botswana’s rich cultural and wildlife heritage in your travels.
Botswana is renowned as a premier wildlife destination. Game is prolific and diverse – the country is rugged in places and scenic.
Botswana is where the white-hot Kalahari Desert meets the wild Okavango River delta in an explosion of green that shelters and feeds some of the continent’s most prolific wildlife.
Botswana’s leaders took the view that high-quality low volume tourism was the best way to create a sustainable industry while still preserving the environment.
- Spot antelopes in the Gaborone Game Reserve and the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, and giraffes striding through the Khutse Game Reserve. Be dazzled by flamingos on the Makgadikgadi Pans.
- Search for lions and leopards stalking their prey or just lazing around in the shade in the Moremi Game Reserve.
- Steer clear of charging buffalo in Chobe National Park, and marvel at hippos, while watching out for crocodiles, along the Chobe River.
- Grimace at rare brown hyenas in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, a bi-national Peace Park created on ancient animal migration routes between Botswana and South Africa.
- Admire Botswana’s remaining rhinos, carefully protected from poachers, at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Serowe.
- Watch baboons playing in scattered rocky kopjes in the Savute area, the northern shore of the prehistoric lake that once covered most of Botswana.
- Visit the Tsodilo Hills, considered a sacred site by the Bushmen; known to have been inhabited for at least 100,000 years, these isolated hills are decorated with thousands of rock paintings.
- Venture into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Remote and virtually unexplored, it’s a refuge both for animals and the country’s few remaining Bushmen.
- Gaze at the pot pourri of rocks, millions of years old, that make up the incredible scenery of the Tuli Block. For a longer gaze, stay at one of the private game ranches in this ruggedly beautiful countryside.
- See the Okavango Delta, an extremely beautiful region of vast grass flats, low tree-covered ridges and narrow, shallow waterways opening into lagoons which fill with water during the annual flood.