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Botswana Country Quickfacts

  • Jeep safari in wild savanna(National park Chobe
  • African wild dogs attacking hyena defending prey
  • Saddle-billed Stork looking for food in the Okavango Delta
  • Elephant play game
  • Nile crocodile
  • A blue wildebeest running
Area:  581,730 km²
224,610 sq mi


Country Code: 267
Country Population: 2,155,784
Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted on a limited basis. Most hotels and lodges accept major foreign currency or travellers cheques, but the surcharges may be high. It is advisable to change money at the airport or major towns and villages as bank facilities may be limited in the remote villages.
Currency: Pula (BWP)
Departure Tax: There is no departure tax when leaving Botswana.
Drives on the: Left

220 - 240 V (South Africa configuration)

Ethnic Groups: 

79% Batswana
11% Kalanga
3% Basarwa
3% Kgalagadi
3% White African
1% others


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Location:  Botswana is two-thirds desert and Kalahari sand. The Okavango Delta fans out across the northwestern region, making a maze of islands, waterways and lagoons teeming with birds and wildlife. Northeast, the Savuti Channel area is famed for its lions and Chobe National Park has great herds of elephants and buffalo.
Official Language(s):

English, Setswana

Religion: Christians (Anglicans, Methodists, and the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa) Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Seventh-day Adventists, Baptists, the Dutch Reformed Church, Mennonites, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses
Time Zone: Central Africa Time (UTC+2)
Tipping: Tipping within tourist areas is accepted. Tipping guides, trackers, valets, etc is usually $10 per day, per person.

Botswana Fun Facts

  • The Border between Botswana and Zambia is only 150 meters which makes it the shortest border in the world.
  • Crossing between the 2 countries Botswana and Zambia is via the Kazungula ferry.
  • The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world.
  • The Makgadigadi pans stretch over an area of 12 000 square kilometres.
  • Botswana is home to the world’s biggest population of African elephants.


Botswana Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Botswana.

Learn about the history and culture of Botswana, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Botswana's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, and 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Botswana for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Botswana tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your African Safari, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from Botswana or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours



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