Botswana

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  Overview

The Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country created by a vast plateau that provides a natural habitat for a huge variety of African wildlife.

This scenic wonderland draws thousands of tourists from around the world throughout the year. Most visitors arrive under the influence of expensive safari-package operators.
Botswana encompasses striking salt pans, diamond-rich deserts and fertile flood plains which teem with game. The jewel in Botswana's crown is, without a doubt, the Okavango Delta - the largest inland delta in the world. Its seasonal lagoons and waterways are crammed with hovering birds, while zebras and giraffes amble across vast grass flats.

Visitors to Botswana can experience and seek the tranquility of being in an environment that is symbiotic with nature and wildlife.


 
  Bordering Countries   Capital City   Currency  
  Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia   Gaborone   Pula (BWP)  
             
  Official Language   Largest City   Dialling code  
  English   Gaborone   +267  
   
 
 
 
 
           
           
           
  When to go

Mainly temperate. Summer, between October and April, can be very hot, but daytime temperatures typically hover around 30°C. The rainy season lasts from January to March. Winter, from May to September, brings cooler weather with an average temperature of 25°C; early mornings and evenings may be cold and frosty, particularly in the Kalahari. The average annual rainfall decreases westwards and southwards.

Best time to visit: April to October
High season: July to October
Low season: December to April
Best weather: June to September

Worst weather: October (unbearable heat) & November (early rains can cause a total wash-out)
   
               
 
           
Fast Fact

The Makgadikgadi pans are the remaining dry beds of the ancient Lake Makgadikgadi that covered most of northern Botswana and covered an area larger than Switzerland. They are the largest salt pans in the world and are split between 2 pans, the Ntwetwe Pan and the Sowa Pan. The area is visited by wildlife during the rainy season and has spots of vegetation and water for grazing
           
           
Electricity / Voltage
Plugs / sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter

The voltage is 231V
The plug used is M
The electrical frequency is 50 Hz
           
           
Itravel's preferred Top Attractions
Brief descriptions of our recommended areas to visit
           
    The Okavango Delta
The Okavango River cuts through the centre of the Kalahari Desert, creating a unique inland water system that gives life to a huge variety of birds and mammals. The Okavango is a unique safari destination because you can view much of the wildlife from a traditional canoe (mokoro). Every year the delta floods covering over 16,000 km's.
 
         
    Chobe National Park
Lies in  Botswana's Okavango Delta and covers four distinct Eco-systems. The Savuti marsh in particular offers some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa year round. Chobe boasts around 120,000 elephants, and they are wonderful to watch from the water on a safari cruise, popular at sundown here.
 
         
    Central Kalahari National Park
At 20,380 square miles, the Reserve is larger than some European countries, such as Denmark or Switzerland, and is bigger than Lesotho and Swaziland put together! Indeed, the reserve is the second largest game reserve on earth and its sand dunes, saltpans, riverbeds, mopane forests and vast open plains are home to an array of fascinating wildlife species, as well as settlements of local Basarwa or San tribes.
 
         
    Gaborone
Situated between Kgale and Oodi Hills, on the Notwane River in the southeastern corner of Botswana, and 15 kilometres from the South African border. The city is served by the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. It is an administrative district in its own right, but is the capital of the surrounding South-East District.
 
         
    Kgalagadi Transfontier Park
Located in both Botswana and South Africa, extends over 15,000 square miles of the southern Kalahari Desert. About three quarters of the park lies in the extreme south-west of Botswana, locally known as the Gemsbok National Park. Visitors to the park can witness the fragile balance between migratory animals and their predators in this harsh, semi-arid environment.
 
         
   
Tuli Block
The Tuli Block is a narrow fringe of land at Botswana's eastern border wedged between Zimbabwe in the north and east and South Africa in the south. It consists mainly of privately owned game farms offering safari tourism. The eastern section up to and including Redshield has been declared a game reserve, known as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.
 
         
 
 

 

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