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Botswanan Culture

  • African wild dogs eating tsessebe
  • A herd of African elephants drinking at a muddy waterhole
  • San Bushman going hunting
  • Hooded vulture, Chobe National Park
  • Local working people in the delta, Botswana
  • Leopard on a tree in Botswana

Social Conventions

There are a variety of tribes in Botswana who follow their own traditional ways of life and as such, visitors should be sensitive to this and show respect. It is important to remember that outside of urban areas, many people are not used to visitors. Permission should always be asked before taking photographs of the local population while areas such as airports, official residences and defence establishments should not be photographed. Life in urban areas is not unlike daily life in North America.



English is the official language of Botswana and is taught in schools. It is spoken in the majority of urban centres and even in some rural areas where the younger generations have been taught it in school. The national language is Setswana while some minorities speak Kalanga and Sekgalagadi.



The main religion in Botswana is Christianity with various denominations including Zion Christians, Anglicans, Methodists, United Congregational, Lutheran, Catholics, Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Baptists members.

Many tribes in Botswana also practice Badimo which is based on ancestral beliefs and practices. There is a small Islam population, however, it is mostly made up of immigrant communities.



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



Book your Botswana tour with Goway! 

AfricaExperts is the exclusive division of Goway that specializes in planning and organizing Botswana tours and experiences. Choose from an exclusive African safari, an independent travel module, a stay of distinction, a luxury cruise on the Zambezi and more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Botswana.

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