Country: Botswana

Population: 1,815,508

Capital: Gaborone

Time Zone: UTC+2

Currency Name: Pula

Government Type: Republic

Languages: English, Tswana

Ethnic Breakdown: Tswana 95%, Kalanga, Baswara, Kgalagadi 4%, White 1%

Religion: Khoisan 50%, Roman Catholic 50%

Major Cities: Gaborone, Francistown

Phone Country Code: 267

Health Concerns: Malaria

Official Tourism Website: http://www.gov.bw/tourism/index_f.html

High Travel Season: April - August

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: m

Major Holidays: July 30 (Presidents Day), October 1 (Botswana Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Diamonds were discovered in Botswana for the first time only several months after independence.