|The main ethnic groups are the Batswana (descendants of iron age immigrants
from Central West Africa), the Basarwa (San, indigenous hunter gatherers,
pre iron age), and the Herero (pastoralists). Eighty percent of the
population of Botswana are rural inhabitants.
|New Year’s Day 1 January ■ Day after New Year’s Day 2 January ■ Good Friday ■ Easter week end, ■ Ascension Day, President’s Day (varies) ■ Day after President’s Day (varies) ■ Botswana Day 30 September ■ Day after Botswana Day 1 October ■ Christmas Day 25 December ■ Boxing
Day 26 December ■ Day after Boxing Day 27 December
|Your cell phone will work in all larger towns only. (Just arrange with
your service provider for roaming facilities beforehand). The cheaper
method is to buy a "Starter Pack" from one of the local cellphone
companies and change the Sim card.
The Prime Tourist Months are from April
through to October
- both the weather and game viewing are excellent. Animals are at their most visible around
what water there is - the natural waterholes, dams & rivers.
Prices are very high
Summer months from November to March is when the rains arrive and it's hot between the thunderstorms.
The vegetation is a sea of green, wild flowers can be seen everywhere and all mammals and birds have their young. The bush is alive - Africa is at its most productive!
It's a photographers paradise especially in the Kalahari where the large herds of animals have migrated to.
|Foot & Mouth Controls
|Botswana is dotted with foot-and-mouth-disease control points. Vehicles
must drive through a pit of muddy-looking disinfectant, and passengers
are required to stamp their feet on a wet rag, moistened with
|Capital : Gaborone
|Time : GMT + 2 hours
|Area : - 600,370 km2 (585,370 km2 land; 15,000 km2 water)
|President : Ian Khama
|Although the official language of Botswana
is English, most of the population speak Tswana as their home language.
Guided safaris are always conducted in English.
|Pula (P) Most credit cards are accepted
by shops, restaurants and gas stations. Credit card cash advances are
available at local banks in Gaborone, Lobatse, Francistown, Kasane and
Maun. Most facilities accept Rand, US Dollar, Euro and Sterling.
|Almost 60% of the 1,5 million inhabitants of Botswana are concentrated
on the Eastern side of the country. The ancient San (or Bushmen) can
still be found at settlements around the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Most of the country has a subtropical climate with little rain.
The winter season begins in April and ends in August. Winters are clear-skied and bone-dry, the air seductively warm during
the daylight hours but, because there is no cloud cover, very cold at
night and in the early mornings. (Range from 2° to 25°C)
In August the seasonal winds begin, that blow from the west and carry
sand and dust across the country. It is the hottest period, especially
in the weeks that precede the coming of the cooling rains in November and shade
temperatures rise to the 38°C mark and higher,
The summer season begins in November and ends in March.
It usually brings very high temperatures. However, summer is also the
rainy season, and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down considerably.
Temperatures range from 26°C - 38°C (80°F-90°F)