Botswana is a country in Southern Africa. Landmass surrounds it on all four sides. Zimbabwe is to the northeast, Namibia is to both north and west, and South Africa to the south and southeast. The capital of the country is Gaborone. It is the largest city as well.
In the past, Botswana was one of the poorest countries in the world. However, now it has one of the fastest-growing economies. The main sectors of Botswana’s economy are mining, cattle, and tourism.
It is a former British protectorate. The official language is English, although Setswana (or Tswana) is also widely spoken across the country. Other popular languages are Kalanga, Sarwa, Ndebele, and Afrikaans. The predominant religion is Christianity.
The official currency is Pula. The approximate exchange rate is P10, 82 for US$1. The currency exchange is available in commercial banks. Major credit cards are widely acceptable. Also, ATMs are available in most large cities and towns.
Taxi service is available in all major cities. However, cabs don’t have meters, so you need to negotiate the price beforehand. If you want to explore rural part of the country, it is better to hire a car. Major international and local companies are present in Gaborone, Francistown, Kasane and Maun. Cars drive on the left side of the road here. Roads are in generally good condition. However, in many areas jeep would be the only option.
In Botswana, they use electric sockets and plugs of types D, G and M. Tha standard voltage is 230V. So, don’t forget a universal adapter, if you are coming from the USA.
Botswana is the best safari destination in Africa. Since wildlife is its main appeal, wildlife parks are in abundance. The Chobe National Park is celebrated for its large population of elephants, zebras, and lions.
In addition to wildlife attractions, tourists often visit Gaborone as well. The city offers a variety of activities and accommodations for visitors. The most popular tourist spots in the city include the Lion Park Resort ( the first permanent amusement park in the country), the Gaborone Yacht Club, golf courses and the Kalahari Fishing Club. Also, the natural attractions of the city are the Gaborone Dam and Mokolodi Nature Reserve. If you are into museums, you should not miss Botswana National Museum in Gaborone.
Travel here to experience a one-of-a-kind trip. Immerse yourself in a beautiful land and marvel at species of animals that sadly may be the last of their kind.
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