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Botswana

  • Capital: Gaborone
  • Area: 581,730km
  • Population:2,029,307 est
  • Official Language: English, Setswana
  • Currency: Pula
  • Time Zone: CAT (UTC+2)
  • Dialing code: +267
  • Rainy season: November-March
  • Dry season: April-October

Botswana is one of the most beautiful wildlife regions in Africa, with vast tracts of empty wilderness set aside as game reserves. These reserves are home to hundreds of wildlife species, including Africa's Big Five, as well as many other large game such as cheetah, hippo, crocodile, giraffe and many smaller antelope. Game safaris are by far the most popular tourist attraction in Botswana. The major national parks of Botswana offer plenty of related activities including fishing, canoeing, and boat cruises.

Game Reserves

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, providing a vast refuge for the abundant wildlife of the region. Stretching over 15000 sq kilometres. The Okavango River flowing in from the north provides the primary water source of the delta, also known as the Okavango Swamps.

The Moremi Wildlife Reserve covers nearly 5,000 sq. km. of the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. This beautiful region is well supplied with many bush camps and bush lodges providing excellent access to the woodlands and flood plains of the region. Most camps and lodges in Moremi can arrange to pick up travellers at the airport in Maun, located about 100 km to the south of the reserve. To the east of the Okavango Delta lies the Chobe National Park, which is also primarily an inland delta, fed by the Chobe River, that flows in from Zimbabwe. The Chobe provides sanctuary for the largest elephant population in the world. Accommodation and transport in these regions are equally sparse.

Weather

Summer (Nov to March) is generally very hot in Botswana, with the occasional thundershower offering some relief. Visitors to Botswana are therefore well-advised to plan their vacation here during the winter months from April to October, when the days are warm and sunny. Winters offer better game viewing because the bush is less filled in, and large game can more easily be found gathering near watering holes, that become increasingly scarce towards the end of the dry season.

Travel

There are two ways to travel to Botswana, by road and by air. Air Botswana (Botswana's airline) has daily flights which include international flights from Gaborone to Johannesburg and Harare as well as internal flights to Francistown, Maun and Kasane. South African Express also provides daily international flights, and Air Namibia has flights five times a week from Windhoek to Maun.

Roads in Botswana

As in most other southern African countries, driving is on the left side of the road. The national speed limit on tarred roads is 120km/h (75mi/h), while through towns and villages the speed limit is 60km/h (37mi/h), even in the absence of a sign. Seat belt use is compulsory, as is proof of no-fault insurance.

Malaria

Present in the following districts: Central, Chobe, Ghanzi, Northeast, and Northwest. None in the cities of Francistown and Gaborone.If you will be visiting an area of Botswana with malaria, you will need to discuss with your doctor the best ways for you to avoid getting sick with malaria. Ways to prevent malaria include taking a prescription antimalarial drug, using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites or sleeping in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or using bednets