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Botswana is one of Africa’s richest countries and is a destination for some high-end, luxury safaris. It’s also possible to see the country on a budget and parks like Chobe and Moremi provide excellent game viewing. However Botswana’s unique and must-see attraction is the incomparable Okavango Delta. Travelling through this vast and beautiful waterway on a traditional mokoro is one of the quintessential African experiences and should be combined with walking safaris on the Delta islands and camping underneath the African stars. Explore in depth highlights of Botswana.

Travel Information for Botswana
Time zone:GMT +2 (Central Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English, Setswana Other languages:    Kalanga, Sekgalagadi
Currency: pulas (BWP)

1 = P12.26, $1 = P0.00, £1 = P0.00

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.bwInternational Dialling Code:    267

For help planning your trip to Botswana including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Botswana trip planning page.

Further information on Botswana

Discover more about Botswana - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of botswana

Total area: 600,370 sq km (15,000 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): Namibia (1,360km), South Africa (1,840km), Zimbabwe (813km)

Climate: Semi-arid climate with hot summers and warm winters. Rainy season is between October and April.

Highest mountain: Tsodilo Hills (1,489m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Botswana from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 28/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 36/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 41/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 31/174
Overall Ranking:    53/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Botswana     Status: Independent Country

Population: 2,155,784 (rank: 141/196)     Density: 3.5 people/sq km (rank: 187/196)

Ethnic groups: Tswana (or Setswana) 79%, Kalanga 11%, Basarwa 3%, other, including Kgalagadi and white 7%

Religions: Christian 71.6%, Badimo 6%, other 1.4%, unspecified 0.4%, none 20.6% (2001 census)

GDP (PPP): $34 billion       GDP per capita: $16,400 (rank: 64/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.