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Offering travellers a stunning landscape of vastness and isolation with fantastic game viewing, the Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The official language is English and the country’s capital city is Gaborone. The Tswana people is the majority ethnic group in Botswana, making up over 75% of the population.
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The country consists of mostly flat lands with 70% of the territory being within the Kalahari Desert. It became independent from the Commonwealth in September of 1966; however, it still maintains keep ties with the British Royal family.
Archaeological findings have shown that hominids have lived in Botswana for around two million years. Remains have shown that the country itself was inhabited at least 400,000 years ago. Botswana has various areas of wildlife within the main region of both the delta and desert areas. There are also grasslands and savannas, where blue wildebeests, antelopes, and other mammals and birds are found. If you are looking for the endangered Africa Wild Dog, Northern Botswana has one of the few remaining large populations left!
The Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem and one of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world. It is found deep into Africa’s untouched interior where you will be surrounded by serenity and tranquility. Okavango River is the major river that feeds the Delta. It creates flooding in March and June to feed the water-starved wildlife. While in the Okavango Delta, a mokoro ride is a must do. It is a canoe used to get around the shallow waters of the Delta. They are usually navigated by a guide in the stern, pushing the canoe along with a pole. Experiencing the delta with this quiet mode of transportation will allow you to get closer to the birds and wildlife in an uninterrupted way.
The Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve (in the Okavango Delta) are major tourist destinations. Chobe National Park has the world's largest concentration of African elephants and is home to about 350 species of birds. The Moremi Game Reserve is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta and has become a very popular destination for tour groups as is it often combined with a visit to Chobe National Park. There are also specialised sanctuaries like Khama Rhino Sanctuary (for rhinoceros) and Makgadikgadi Sanctuary (for flamingos).
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Plan your dream adventure and experience Africa’s best kept secret, Botswana. Be amazed with the vast wildlife and adventure, camp in peaceful serenity, and be delighted with the beautiful people and delicious food. Botswana truly is paradise and a perfect adventure for any pace. Speak to one of our destination specialist and learn more about customizing your next adventure.
Botswana is generally of a sub-tropical climate year-round. It’s sunny mostly throughout the year as well, however, the country has two seasons. The winter period from May to August has an average temperature of around 14 °C whereas the hot summer season from November to March offer average temperatures of around 26 °C.
Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Botswana. We recommend our travellers purchase travel insurance. The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day. Take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else have copies on-hand of your important documents.
Some vaccines may be recommended, and should be up to date when travelling to Botswana. These recommended vaccines include: Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, meningitis and the influenza shot among others. It is best to seek advice from a medical professional prior to travel.
Currency & Customs
The currency in Botswana is the Botswanan pula. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is widely accepted. Your passport must be valid, or should not expire, for at least 6 months past the date of your return. You would need a visa to enter if you are entering on a temporary passport.
The electrical current for Botswana is 230 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust (best to seek advice from an electronic or gadget specialist).
The main spoken language in Botswana, including business language and in written communications, is English. The language in Botswana is Tswana.