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BOTSWANA HOLIDAYS   >   AFRICA 


Botswana is one of the last unspoiled corners of Africa and is the ultimate safari destination. Vast herds of animals cross the plains of the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta, the Chobe River swamps and flood plains and the salt pans of Makgadikgadi - a unique range of ecosytems in which bird, plant and animal life abound.

Botswana is the largest exporter of gemstone diamonds in the world as well as a large beef exporter to the European Economic Community. Economy is closely tied to South Africa.

Districts in Botswana: Central District, Ghanzi District, Kgalagadi District, Kgatleng District, Kweneng District, North-East District, North-West District, South-East District, and Southern District.

The Republic of Botswana is situated in Southern Africa, nestled between South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Capital City of Botswana : Gaborone


hotels, tour operators - bostwana tours, travel guides, travel to botswana 

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Hotels in Botswana / Camps & Lodges

 
Hotels like Metcourt Inn At The Grand Palm, Grand Palm Hotel Casino Resort [ located in an African bushveld setting, just 4 km from the city centre of Gaborone and 12 km from the International Airport ], Gaborone Sun Hotel [ A superior first class hotel, gateway to Okavango and Kalahari ].

National Parks

  Central Kalahari
  Chobe National Park
  Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  Linyanti Reserve
  Mashatu Game Reserve
  Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan
  Moremi Game Reserve   -   on the western side of the Okavango Delta
The reserve was named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe.
  Okavango Delta
  Savute Game Reserve

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

  Responsibletravel.com

 G Adventures   -   several combinations possible
*   Botswana, Falls & Kruger
Highlights: Marvelling at Victoria Falls, rhinos in a sanctuary and the salt pans of Makgadikgadi, exploring Chobe National Park and the Polokwane Game Reserve, floating through ...

Kuoni 
Camp under the stars, take a journey up river by boat and marvel at the awe inspiring Victoria Falls. Our tours include a stay in the Okavango Delta, a river that never reaches the sea and supports an abundance of wildlife. There are plenty of photo opportunities, you may capture, herds of migrating zebra, elephants or big cats on film depending on the time of year.



  Zambezi Safari and Travel Co. Ltd   -   an adventurer's guide to Botswana

  Albatros Travel & Safaris 
Albatros Travel is a member of various nature conservation groups like WWF and is an accepted pioneer of ecological tourism. Albatros Travel works closely with local groups to conserve local nature and culture and indeed has been awarded many prizes in recognition of its activities in conservation as well as ecological, responsible and alternative tourism.
  Botswana.com
Botswana is Africa at its very best - untamed, vast expanses of pristine wilderness, teeming with wildlife, alive with expectancy and an ultimate safari holiday. The magnificent Okavango Delta and neighboring Chobe National Park form the nucleus of this ultimate African safari destination, where great herds of grazers and browsers - followed by predators - roam between the red sands of the Kalahari – home to the San Bushmen – prides perfect peace and solitude, and the grand channels of the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Linyanti Rivers. Also worth visiting are the searing thirst lands of the Makgadikgadi Pans - a unique range of ecosystems in which bird, plant and animal life abound, and the Central Kalahari. Botswana is a land locked country, dominated in geographical terms by the Kalahari Desert; however it is probably more famous for its safari tours in the spectacular inland Okavango Delta. Botswana safaris offer travellers truly amazing and diverse experiences in pristine environments. Explore the fascinating deserts, wetlands, savannahs, the delta and wildlife-packed game reserves of one of the wildest regions in Africa.

Travel Guides Botswana / Related Books

Botswana, The Safari Guide (Bradt Travel Guide) - ISBN 1841623083Travel Guides Botswana Botswana: The Safari Guide (Bradt Travel Guide)
Chris McIntyre (Author)
A safari in northern Botswana takes the traveller to a wilderness populated almost exclusively by wildlife. Here are the predators and their prey; here, too, are the elephants, the hippos and the astonishing birdlife of the Okavango Delta. This third edition of Bradt's Botswana Safari Guide: Okavango, Kalahari, Chobe Desert provides unrivalled coverage of the region's wildlife, environment and history, as well as a thorough evaluation of when, where and how to go. Accommodation options for all budgets – from lodges to camps and hotels – are fully revised and updated.
Paperback: 512 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 3 edition (11 Jan 2010); ISBN-10: 1841623083; ISBN-13: 978-1841623085. 

Travel Guides Botswana Lonely Planet Publications
Botswana & Namibia travel guide

Transport / How do I travel to Botswana

  Gaborone Airport  -  Sir Seretse Khama Airport

 
Book cheap flights to Botswana at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights 
Flights to Gaborone / Price comparison possible

Railways

  Shongologo Express   -   railway adventure across South Africa
The Shongololo Express safari trains are very unique in that they only travel at night, thereby arriving each morning in a new and exciting destination and they also carry their own fleet of mini coaches for sightseeing tours during the day. No more packing and unpacking for with Shongololo your hotel travels with you.

  Maps International   -   Maps of Africa  
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
Map   Online map Botswana [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


Links
 

  Government   -   Government Botswana

  Botswana Tourism  ???

  Discover Botswana

  Gaborone   -   Capital City of Botswana

  Central District   -   Capital city Serowe
Traditional homeland of the Bamangwato people.
Sub-districts : Bobonong, Boteti, Mahalapye, Orapa, Selebi-Phikwe, Serowe/Palapye, Sowa Town, and Tutume.
  Ghanzi
Most of the eastern half of Ghanzi makes up the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Sub-districts : CKGR and Ghanzi.
  Kgalagadi
Sub-districts : Kgalagadi North and Kgalagadi South.
  Kgatleng 
  Kweneng
Kweneng East and Kweneng West
Towns in Kweneng  : Gabane, Kopong, Molepolole, Mogoditshane, and Thamaga,
  North-East District
Sub-districts : Francistown, and North East. 
  North-West District
Sub-districts : Chobe, Delta, Ngamiland North and Ngamiland South
  South-East District
Sub-districts : Gaborone, Lobatse, South East.
  Southern District
Sub-districts : Barolong, Jwaneng, Ngwaketse, Ngwaketse West.

  Kalahari Desert
  Lake Ngami   -   endorheic lake in Botswana, north of the Kalahari Desert
One of the fragmented remnants of the ancient Lake Makgadikgadi.
  Okavango Delta   -   world's largest inland delta
  Okavango river 
The Okavango doesn't have an outlet in the sea. Instead, it empties into a swamp in the Kalahari Desert [  Okavango Delta ].

  Francistown
As one of the oldest towns in Botswana and site of southern Africa's first gold rush, Francistown, home to 92,500 people, is a typical frontier town, strategically placed as the gateway to the north, with all the main roads to Gaborone, Zimbabwe, Maun and Kazungula passing through it. It manages to maintain its character despite being Botswana's second-largest urban centre and Capital of the North.
  Gabane
Ghanzi    -   town in western part of Botswana and administrative center of Ghanzi District
Known as the 'Capital of the Kalahari' and stop over for travelers visiting the Okavango Delta.
  Jwaneng
  Lobatse
Town situated in a range of hills in South-Eastern Botswana, 65km south of the capital Gaborone.
  Maun
  Palapye
  Ramotswa
  Selebi-Phikwe
  Serowe   -    Capital City Central District   -   Botswana's largest village
This trade and commerce center is located in a fertile, well-watered area in central Botswana. Capital City of the Ngwato people since King Khama moved here in 1902. It has a memorial to Khama III, chief of the Ngwato people in the late 19th and early 20th century. See Serowe

  News from Botswana   -   Botswana Post
  News   -   MMbegi Online
  News   -   The Ngami Times
  University   -   University of Botswana

  Botwsana Tourist information   -   by Albatros Travel
Beyond the narrow eastern corridor where the majority of population is concentrated, Botswana is a largely roadless wilderness of savannas, deserts, wetlands and salt pans. To ensure the country's natural assets are preserved, Botswana's government has embraced a policy of courting only high-cost, low-impact tourism . Skinflints and softies beware: this is a destination for the intrepid, well-heeled traveller...
  Thuto.org   -   Botswana academic web-site
"Thuto" is a word in Setswana, the national language of Botswana. It is related to the verbs "go ruta" (to teach), and "go ithuta" (to learn), and is usually now translated "education" or "learning".  The "th" should be pronounced as an aspirated "t", not as the English "th" sound.

History of Botswana

Former Bechuanaland.

Independence: 30 September 1966 (from UK)

Prior to European contact, the Batswana lived as herders and farmers under tribal rule. The Batswana (plural of "Motswana") refers to the country's major ethnic group.

  Botswana History Pages by Neil Parsons
  Botswana's History   -   Wikipedia

Music, Art & Culture, Events

  Music of Botswana
Popular music, Botswana Hip Hop, Folk music, Folk Music Styles, Kwaito Music, Folk musicians, Kwasa Kwasa, Rock/Metal.

  Culture of Botswana
Literature, Visual arts, Music.

  Bushmen   -   indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert
The desert spans areas of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Angola.

  Specimens of Bushmen Folklore
Preface : With all its shortcomings, after many and great difficulties, this volume of specimens of Bushman folk-lore is laid before the public. As will be seen from the lists given in Dr. Bleek's "Brief Account of Bushman Folk-lore and other Texts", Cape Town, 1875, and in my "Short Account of Further Bushman Material collected", London, 1889, the selections which have been made for it form but a very small portion of the Bushman native literature collected...

  Kuru Kalahari   -   virtual exhibition Kuru artists


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