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Botswana is a landlocked country in the Southern African region, with a total area of 581730 sq. km of which land area covers 566730 sq. km, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Texas, France or Kenya. Read More
A 2012 estimate puts Botswana’s population at 2.10 million. Botswana nationals are called Batswana (plural) or Motswana (singular). Read More
The San and Khoe Bushmen (Basarwa) were the first known inhabitants of the area now called Botswana. Read More
Since its independence, Botswana has benefited from one of the fastest economic growth rates in the world and has thus changed itself from a deeply impoverished country to a middle-income country. Read More
The thriving multiparty constitutional democracy in Botswana holds general elections every five years. Read More
Botswana has a number of festivals, events and sporting tournaments. The Batswana have an inherent interest for sports. In 1965, the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) was instituted with the objective to preside over all sporting matters in the country. Read More
The wet environment of the Okavango Delta encourages the growth of thousands of tree and plant species, many of which have remarkable characteristics and useful attributes – from its natural beauty and environmental balance to medicinal and cultural purposes. Read More
The climate is semi-arid, characterized by high temperatures and dryness for most of the year; while its subtropical nature is imparted by the land’s relatively high elevation. Read More
While there are plenty of wildlife throughout the year, visitors looking to see the most number and diversity of animals should come in the dry winter, from May to October. Read More
By air travel International flights within Africa are served by South African Airways, Air Namibia, Kenya Airways and a few others land in the capital, Gaborone and the safari hub - Maun. Read More
Okavango Delta - World's largest inland delta and jewel of the Kalahari. The Okavango Delta is home to over 200,000 animals that roam the area giving color to whole Delta and the Moremi Reserve. Read More
Game Driving: Experience early morning drives over a wild landscape punctuated by trees and filled with wondrous species, all in the safety of a vehicle. Read More
Botswana focusses on smaller accommodations when it comes to places to stay in its national parks and reserves offering Top Tier I luxury lodges/camps to rustic bush accommodations with the oddity of larger accommodations in Chobe National Park due to its close proximity and visitor arrivals from Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Read More
After long days of sight-seeing in the city, visitors can turn to a more relaxing but equally thrilling activity – shopping. Botswana can be a buzzing, fun place to shop, with the usual necessities as well as exotic goods that mirror the uniqueness of life in the country. Read More
Visitors to Botswana can partake of both local and foreign cuisines, whatever suits the moment’s taste. Read More
Travelers to Botswana with a valid passport from North America, European, most Commonwealth countries (with the exception Ghana, India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Mauritius) do not require a visa and will be eligible for a one-month entry permit upon arrival. Read More
International visitors numbered 1,455,151 in 2007 and 1,499,794 in 2008, most of who came from Africa. Read More
American Embassy Embassy Drive, Government Enclave P.O. Box 90 Gaborone, Botswana Phone: (+267) 3953982 (Monday-Thursday, 7:30AM - 5:00PM) (+267) 3953982 (Friday, 7:30AM - 13:30PM) (+267) 3957111 (After Hours) Read More
There are two major airports in Botswana. The first, Sir Seretse Khama International is about 15 km northwest from the capital, Gaborone. Read More
Telephone and Fax Botswana has an international country code of +267. Within the country, there is an extensive network of public telephones, reaching even relatively isolated places. Read More
The Morupule coal-powered station is responsible for producing most domestic electricity but most of the power Botswana consumes is bought from South Africa and Zambia. Read More
Any amount of foreign currency may be carried into and out of Botswana but an individual or family carrying an amount of money of at least ten thousand Pula in value must declare their possession to customs. There is no need to declare traveler’s checks. Read More
Botswana’s flag has been used since its independence on September 30, 1966. Light blue symbolizes rain water held precious in Botswana. Read More
For general medical care, there are competent medical staff and facilities in Gaborone and other major settlements. Read More
Botswana’s currency is called Pula and is the Tswana word for “rain”. Rain is considered a blessing in Botswana which is mostly an arid desert. Read More
Special needs facilities like wheel chair accessible accommodations are mostly found in major city like Gaborone. Read More
The following is a list of actual dates or specific times of national public holidays marked in Botswana. Read More
The units of measurement used in Botswana are metric - road distances are measured in kilometers, petrol in liters and solid food in grams. Read More
What are our Customers saying about our safari holidays?
On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari. Everything you promised exceeded our expectations and was superb, which is saying a lot since this was our second trip, having had a wonderful Botswana Safari 10 years ago. Do not ever hesitate to use me as a reference.
Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
Chobe was delightful, less than half full. Sussi and Chuma, very nice, again only 13 people in all. All the game drives and river cruises were excellent. We had great weather. The ability to get really close is in inspiring. EVERYWHERE we went, the people were warm, helpful and charming. Thank you so much. We will be recommending your services to all.
Thomas Kelch - California, United States
Raza Visram at AfricanMecca planned the most amazing trip for my friend and I. I wanted to go to 4 countries in 15 days and he made it happen. It was an aggressive itinerary and Raza planned it so well, that the transitions were seamless. The last leg of the trip was Botswana for another Safari and we stayed at the most beautiful lodge. The excitement in seeing the animals so closely is indescribable.
Karin Alsdorf - New Jersey, United States
I had a wonderful trip to Africa and I would highly recommend your company.I have been to Africa many times and I have never had such wonderful service. The guide and safari vehicle were both great and all the lodges were outstanding. We will be going to Africa again the year after next and I assure you I will be contacting you. Thanks again for arranging such a great trip.
Ronald Price, President, Ron Price Motors Group - California, United States
Our Botswana safari was FANTASTIC! It truly was a luxury, but rustic enough, safari. We really loved our trip! We saw everything here. From lions to leopards to elephants to buffalos. Our guide, Rams was truly amazing. He really knew his stuff! While on the bush walks we encountered zebras, warthogs and much more. Thanks for your help! We will definitely do another trip within a year.
Duncan Rosen - Florida, United States
Thank you for everything; we had an amazing honeymoon. Words really can't describe our experience, all we can really say was that it was the most amazing experience of our lives and we would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone. We hope to visit Africa again sometime next year! Thank you & all of your staff for an amazing & perfect honeymoon.
Rick Sagoo - London, United Kingdom
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