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Botswana

Facts about country

Capital Gaborona

Population

1.6 Million

Main Languages

English, Setswana

Electricity

3 Plug English System 220 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Botswana Pula

Exchange Rate for US $ as of Aug 2001

5.2 N$ per 1 US$

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

600370 sq km

Transport

bus, minibuses,  hitching,  best is with own car

Cash Machines (ATMS) Yes
Credit Card Usage Some Establishments
Religion Christian + Indigenous Religions
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
30 $ 5 $ (Camping) 5 $ (Self) 10$ 10$

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best, 1 is don't bother)

Okavango Delta

Y

The Delta is really beautiful.  We did not fly over the Delta, but we heard that it is absolutely amazing.  One gets a great view of the swamps. One can also do a Mokoro Trip through the Delta.  We would highly recommend that.  One sees the swamps from another perspective.

7

Chobe National Park

Y

We just drove through it,  seemed like a really nice park though.

7

Serowe

N

   

Gabrone

N

   
Tsodilo Hills N    
Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park N    
Gcwihaba Caverns N    
Maun Y Small Town, good to organize your trip to the Okavango Delta. 5
       

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving
Historical Sites
Sightseeing tours x

Ballooning

x

Bungy Jumping

 

Safaris

x
Boat tours x
Fishing x
Horseback riding x
Canoeing x
Camping x
River Rafting
Sky Diving  
Abseiling  
Surfing  
Windsurfing
Kayaking  
Sailing  
Mountain biking
Roller blading  
Motorbike  
Sand boarding
Others  (Bush walking) x

Feeling and Opinions on Botswana

Botswana was a country that we did not plan to visit because we heard that it was really expensive.  However we found out that if one camps it is not really more expensive than other places we have visited. We actually had the cheapest camping there for 1 US$ a night at a luxury hotel.  The Okavango Delta was beautiful and highly recommended to visit. It is something different that what one normally gets to see in other parks.  They have actually a descent bus system, that seemed to only fail us, but not showing up a couple of times or 7 hours late.  On a whole Botswana is a nice place to visit, just make sure you bring a tent or it will be expensive.

 

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