Botswana

Botswana is situated in southern Africa, bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Most Botswana is quite flat and up to 70% is part of the Kalahari Desert. Nonetheless, Botswana has a range of different wildlife habitats. Some of the top destinations for wildlife viewing in Botswana are Chobe National Park, Okavango deltaCentral Kalahari Game Reserve, and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The vegetation can vary from desert to grassland and savannas.

Facts

Language         English, Setswana/Tswana
Capital              Gaborone
Currency          Botswana Pula (BWP)
Population        2.25 Mil
Area                 581 730 km²
Time Zone       CAT – Central Africa Time (UTC +2)
Dial Code         +267
Electricity         230V/50hz

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The climate in Botswana is semi-arid. It’s dry most of the year with a rainy season. Summer is from November till March. This is the rainy season in combination with very high temperatures (reach up to 38°C and more). Winter ranges between May and August. This is also known as the dry season with almost no rain. Night temperature can drop below freezing point in some areas.

Chobe National Park is situated in the North of Botswana. It’s established in 1967 and is about 11 700 km² large. The park is know for the wildlife and the high concentration of elephants. In the very Northeast of the park you have the Chobe riverfront. It’s a nice area with views on the river, and the possibility to do boat safaris. Kasane is the most important town in the area and the best place to stay outside the park. Another great area is the Savuti Marsh area. There are lots of beautiful places and the wildlife in incredible.

The Okavango Delta is a large inland delta, depending on the season there can be a lot of water. Moremi National Park is part of the Okavango Delta and it a well-known place for wildlife watching.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is situated in the center of Botswana and was established in 1961. The park is home to numerous species of wildlife.

 The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is situated in the South of Botswana, on the border with South Africa.

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More Information

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