Botswana Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Botswana

Where is it?: Botswana lies in southern Africa, north of South Africa

Why do people go here?: Another country for safari holiday-makers, Botswana once only catered to high-end safari tourists. Slowly, more and more independent travelers are attempting to traverse the vast country. Due to its vast national parks and the famous Okavango Delta, as well as the lack of tourists, this is quickly becoming Africa’s best destination.

What are the main entry points?: There are flights into Gaborone, but it’s more affordable to fly into Harare or Johannesburg. A number of travelers come from South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Currency used: Pula

Country Code for Phones: 267

Area codes for Major Cities: Gaborone 31

Religion: Khoisan 50%, Roman Catholic 50%

Population: 1.9 million

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

Government: Parliamentary Republic

Languages: English, Tswana

Travel Information

Major Cities: Gaborone, Francistown

Attractions: Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park

Accommodation:Botswana Hostels, Botswana Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Botswana-Department of Tourism Private Bag 0047 Gaborone, Botswana,http://www.gov.bw/tourism/index_f.html

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Gemsbok National Park, Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park

Health Issues: Malaria

Tips for Visiting

When to go: April through September are the best times to visit Botswana

Common Phrases: English is the official language, although Setswana is spoken by a huge majority of the population

Specific Events/Holidays: Presidents Day: July 30, October 1: Botswana Day

Getting Around: Botswana has a few major bus lines between the bigger cities. However, without a vehicle, traveling around Botswana can be difficult. Hitching is a good option.

Cheapest airport to fly into: There are two main airports offering flights to/from Botswana, namely Sir Seretse Khama International and Maun International Airport. To obtain cheaper flights to Botswana, choose the airport that is nearer to your trip destination.

Need more information?: Check out the Botswana travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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