Botswana

Where is Botswana?

  1. Approximate Population of Botswana: 2,303,697


Botswana Travel Guide is it the best African destination? Botswana is a country in Southern Africa, lying in the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert, that forms a prominent tourist destination throughout the world. Botswana has an impressive landscape defined by the majestic Kalahari Desert and the beautiful Okavango Delta, that forms a lush vegetated landscape during the dry summer months. The largest Central Kalahari Game Reserve, home to a multitude of large herbivores, is also home to a number of threatened animals such as hyenas, cheetahs, lions and wild cats. The Okavango Delta is an inland body of water that drains into Lake Tanganyika and is also home to a variety of aquatic mammals and birds.

Botswana is a popular tourist destination, due to its natural beauty and wildlife parks. There are various parks in Botswana; some are nature reserves meaning they are not commercially exploited, while others are tourism parks or areas that provide opportunities for tourists to observe, photograph and try out various activities. It is an ideal destination for animal lovers and aficionados, bird lovers and more. You can go on a guided tour, where you will be assisted by an experienced guide who will share information about Botswana's wildlife, geology, culture and history. There are also numerous game lodges where you can stay and observe the wildlife while you take in the sights and sounds.

Botany is a very popular destination and is a great place to visit during the summer months. It has many popular hotspots, including Springbok Camp, tire Game reserve, Chobe National Park, Mount Elgon National Park and more. There are various cultural events and festivals throughout the year. It also has many sporting facilities like golf courses, tennis courts and others.

Etiopeira is also known as The City of Lakes and is located in the northern region of Botswana. It is renowned for its beaches and marine parks. The city was named after a lake that flowed into it. Its marine parks and wildlife sanctuaries house several endangered species of flora and fauna. Tourists can go on safari in these parks and experience the serenity of the wilderness.

Tuli is another major urban centre in Botswana. It is known for its casinos and other entertainment facilities. The city is a leading agricultural and commercial center in the region. The Tuli airport also services several domestic flights and international flights. It has been a popular destination with tourists and holiday makers because of its temperate climate and clean, green surroundings.

Living conditions in Gaborone are favorable and there is enough room for cultivation of crops. The climate is moderate with hot summers and cool winters. There is also plenty of fresh water in the city and it is safe to drink. There are no major animal and bird populations in the city but tourists are advised to keep their hands clean when bathing due to the presence of small crocodiles.

Okavango Delta is situated in the northern part of Botswana and is famous for its large bird population, including the black-necked storks and siskins. There are some reserves here and it is a good place to visit while in Botswana. It also has a number of game reserves where hunters can come and shoot lions, elephants, buffalo and leopards. The park also offers camping opportunities and luxury lodges. Some lodges provide accommodation to foreigners.

There are many other important wildlife destinations in Botswana. It is therefore necessary to make a Botswana travel guide before traveling to the country. These guides offer tips about various attractions and points of interest. They also tell about what one should pack and what one should not. These travel guides also advise about which hotels to stay in and what food to take along.

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Gaborone is the capital of Botswana

Gaborone has an approximate population of around 231,592 people and you can typically expect to pay around £1.39p for an equivalent pint of lager or beer.

Gaborone is the second largest city and capital of Botswana with an estimated population of 227,026 according to the latest 2021 census. Its agglomerated population is home to about 421,900 people at that time. The city, which has been built up over recent years, covers almost all areas of Botswana, including but not limited to the towns of Maun and Muges respectively. This makes it a diverse city and places like Maun and Muges have populations predominantly comprised of outright gay people.

The city was incorporated into the Republic of Botswana in 2021. Maun is the oldest part of the city; it was built around a cove and the Old Town/ Casino was included in this. Muges was built on a new peninsula across the Old Town. The Old Town was included in the refurbishment/ reconstruction process. The city is growing fast, being one of the fastest developing cities in Southern Africa.

This city is very welcoming to the gay community and has an active gay community which meets irregularly but openly. It has a vibrant nightlife as well as plenty of gay bars and restaurants. There is a wide choice of both restaurants and pubs for people to choose from. People travelling to Botswana from the USA or Europe might like to consider the recommendation of a friend or colleague to go to Maun first and then to the capital, Gaborone. This way they will be able to see the differences in both the gay and the straight communities.

What vaccinations do I need before travelling to Botswana

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Botswana are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel to Botswana?

For up to date information around safety and security in Botswana read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Botswana.

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Best time to visit?

The best time to visit Botswana is during the dry season between May and October, when you can expect warm, sunny days (22°C-35°C) and chilly nights. This is also when the water levels in the Okavango Delta are at their highest, creating the waterways and channels Botswana is famed for.

Festivals in Botswana

Festivals in Botswana are fun and festive. Many of them take place in cities and rural areas, such as in Gaborone. The Maitisong Festival takes place during the month of March every year and is the country's largest festival of performing arts. The festival showcases both local and international artists in a range of artistic styles, including theatre, dance, music, poetry, and comedy. The purpose of the festival is to promote the arts in the country and raise the professional bar for local and international artists. During the Festival, visitors will experience the vibrant local and international art scene, and will be able to see some of the best work of local and international artists.

A number of festivals take place in the country, including the annual Gaborone Arts Festival, which lasts for a month. The festival showcases local and international performances, and aims to raise the profile of arts and culture in Botswana. It is also an opportunity for visitors to see local artists and participate in workshops to learn more about their art. The Gaborone Arts Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Botswana, and is an exciting way to get a taste of the culture.

In the north-western part of the country, the Nlapkhwane Festival takes place over two days. In addition to ancient dances and games, the festival also features stalls selling local food. This festival is held on an annual basis, and draws motorsport enthusiasts and ancient game lovers. The competitions involve quads and cars and include 25 spectator areas. While the Maun and Nlapkhwane festivals are both beautiful and memorable, the Nlapkhwane Festival is a must-attend event for tourists in the area.

Other festivals in Botswana include the Maitisong International Arts Festival, organized by the Maun artists. This festival features traditional dances, poetry, and visual arts, and is held for nine days. In the northeast, the Guu Tjilenje Cultural Fair features ancient games and local foods. The Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race is also a fun and memorable experience. There are many cultural events in Botswana, so it's easy to find a festival that suits your tastes.

In April, the Maun Festival is held over two days, and it raises funds for local schools. In northeastern Botswan, the Nlapkhwane festival is a celebration of the tribal culture. Its highlight is the off-road motor sport, with quads and cars competing in a race over a series of hills. There are also a number of other popular events and attractions, including festivals for children.

In May, the Maitisong Cultural Festival is the country's biggest festival. It includes traditional music and dance, as well as traditional visual arts. Its purpose is to promote and preserve Bakalanga culture. During this festival, participants enjoy local food and drinks and other events in the region. And in July, Christmas is a major holiday in Botswana. While the weather in the area can be cold and wet, the festivities in May are lively.

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Do I need a Visa?

British nationals do not normally need a visa to enter Botswana for stays of up to 90 days. Overstaying can cause delays on departure.

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What currency do i need for Botswana?

The official currency of Botswana is the Botswana Pula (BWP). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Botswana you can grab amazing Botswana Pula deals via Wise.com (GBP to BWP).

What wildlife live in Botswana?

Botswana is a natural game reserve for most animals found in southern Africa, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, African buffalo, hyenas, and 22 species of antelope.

What is the traditional food of Botswana?

Tswana food? The national dish of Botswana is called Seswaa. This consists of a meat stew served over thick polenta or pap. The stew is made by boiling meat with onion and pepper.

What Languages are spoken in Botswana?

The official languages of Botswana are English and Tswana. English, which was inherited from colonial rule, is the language of official business and most written communication. Most of the population speak Tswana, but over 20 smaller languages are also spoken. You can learn some basic Tswana before you travel to Botswana and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip in Botswana?

The currency in Botswana is the Botswana Pula (£15 per guest per day for a private guide. £3 per guest per day for mokoro polers, trackers or a butler. £3 per guest per day for the general staff.).

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