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Map of Botswana
Botswana is Africa at its very best - renowned for its vast areas of unspoilt wilderness, its prolific wildlife and its cultural diversity all of which combine to make it one of the most sought after safari destinations.
Location & Climate
Situated in Southern Africa, straddling the Tropic of Capricorn and bordering South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, most of Botswana is in the tropics and therefore has hot summers and dry winters. The rainy season runs from September - March with electric thunderstorms common during these months. The best time to visit Botswana is between April and October as this is the dry season and wildlife viewing is better during these months as the animals are drawn to the permanent water sources.
Culture & Economy
With a population of around 2million Botswana is a sparsely populated country with
the population concentrated in the south and east of the country.
The economy in Botswana is strong though it is heavily dependent on South Africa for imports. The diamond industry accounts for 50% of government revenue - Botswana is the largest producer of diamond's by value in the world - with the rest coming mainly from the tourism industry as well as from beef exports.
Without doubt Botswana is most famous for its spectacular wildlife, in particular its population - some estimates put the number at over 100,000. With over 550 bird species and over 160 mammals Botswana is one of the finest safari destinations in Africa.
Facts & Figures
Head of State: President Ian Khama
Capital City: Gaborone
Other centres: Serowe, Francistown, Selebi-Phikwe, Maun
Languages: Setswana (English official); also iKalanga in the north
Currency: 100 Thebe = 1 Pula
Independence: 30th September, 1966