Botswana tourism is a thriving industry. Botswana is found just north of South Africa (the country). It is probably best known for the diamond companies and game reserves this country possesses. Originally a British colony, they gained independence in 1966.
Many of Botswana visitors come for the world renown game reserves. Roughly 30% of the country is dedicated to some kind of reserve and opportunities to enjoy them are everywhere. The prices run from reasonable to ridiculous, so a bit of research may be warranted if this is your type of activity.
There are two things worth mentioning in terms of health safety. First of all, this is southern Africa, so malaria is present. While malaria-infested mosquitoes will not bite you in the face as soon as you arrive, I'd still want some anti-malarial's. I hate the things, but they have a purpose. Use them.
The second issue is that Botswana is currently running #2 in the world for HIV infections. Some estimates have at least 20% of the population as HIV positive. If you cancel a trip over this I'm going to be disappointed in you, but it is something to be aware of. If someone gets hurt and you need to provide any kind of medical assistance, use standard precautions.
From all accounts, the people are wonderfully kind and welcoming to travelers. You can fly directly into Gaborone from neighbouring countries, though most travelers prefer to enter the country from an overland route such as South Africa.
Language(s): English, Setswana
Religion(s): Christianity, Islam
Currency: Pula (BWP)
Electricity Voltage: 220
Calling Code: 267
Popular Travel Destinations:
- Central Kalahari Game Reserve
- Chobe National Park
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Official Website: http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/index.html
*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.