• Officially: The Republic of Botswana
  • Capital: Gaborone

Facts

  • Population 2 million
  • Languages: English (official), Setswana
  • Religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
  • Life expectancy: 54 years (men), 51 years (women)
  • Currencyย Pula

Geography

  • Area: 581,730 sq km (224,607 sq miles)

Notes

  • Botswana has a countrywide ban on plastic bags
  • One of Africa’s most stable countries
  • Relatively free of corruption
  • Has a good human rights record
  • Sparsely populated

Tourism

  • Carry identification with you at all times. A photocopy of your passport is sufficient.

Climate

  • The best time to visit is from May to September, during the dry season and winter, resulting in more moderate temperatures.
    • September and October temperatures start to climb (40ยบC)
  • November to April is known the wet Season and Summer
    • Rains can be heavy in January and February

Overlanding

  • You can drive using an International Driving Permit (IDP) for up to 90 days.
    • If you intend to stay longer you may need to apply for a Botswana driving licence.
  • Botswana has good tarmac roads covering most of the country
  • Speed limit is 120 km/h
  • Dangerous driving and drunk driving contribute to frequent serious and fatal accidents.
  • Wildlife and livestock on roads are a hazard, particularly at night.
    • Be alert to unpredictable behaviour by wild animals.
  • The Okavango Delta, Moremi, and Chobe are Botswana’s most popular parks

Overlanding Adventures

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary (Map) โ€“ 8-10hr drive from Johannesburg
    • Built to protect Botswana’s remaining populations of black and white rhinos, the sanctuary is also home to zebras, giraffes, leopards, ostriches and wildebeest.
  • Okavango Delta (Map) โ€“ one of the world’s most renowned and complex ecosystems – 16,000 square kilometre maze of wetlands
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Map) โ€“ covering some 12,000 square kilometres, some of the largest salt flats on earth
  • Chobe National Park (Map)

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