Botswana

With over 70 percent of its territory occupied by the Kalahari desert, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, and a nature lovers paradise. Chobe and Moremi National Park in the Okavango Delta offer some of the world’s best birding and wildlife safari opportunities. Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve also offers good game viewing and some of the most remote and unspoiled wilderness in southern Africa. Originally inhabited by homo sapiens nearly 200,000 years ago, around 85% of the current population is made up of the Tswana ethnic group, who are descendants of the Bantu-speaking tribes that migrated to this region of Africa around 600 AD. Botswana also has the world’s largest bushman population.

Colonized by the British in 1885 and declared a protectorate under the name Bechuanaland, Botswana only became an independent republic on 30th September, 1966. Since then, it has consistently had democratic elections and has been ranked as one of the least corrupt African nations since around 1998. The economy is dominated by mining, cattle and tourism, which alone accounts for nearly 12% of Botswana’s GDP.


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Botswana is extremely hot in the summers.

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