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Botswana

The Republic of Botswana became independent on 30th September 1966, and is a multi-party democracy. Botswana has an Executive President which is president for five years, the current president is His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama. Botswana is landlocked and has a surface area of 581,760 square kilometers, its bordering neighbours are South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, most of Botswana is covered by The Kalahari Desert and most of the population is located in the east and southeast of Botswana.

The capital city of Botswana is Gaborone which is located in the southeast of Botswana, Gaborone has good communication with South Africa via road and air, Botswana's other main towns are Francistown, Lobatse, Selebi-Phikwe, Ghanzi, Mahalapye, Maun and Kasane.

Botswana is one of the most beautiful wildlife regions in Africa, with vast tracts of empty wilderness set aside as game reserves. These reserves are home to hundreds of wildlife species, including Africa's Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, water buffalo, and rhino), as well as many other large game such as cheetah, hippo, crocodile, giraffe and many smaller antelope.

Game Reserves
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, providing a vast refuge for the abundant wildlife of the region. The Okavango River flowing in from the north provides the primary water source of the delta, also known as the Okavango Swamps.

The Moremi Wildlife Reserve covers nearly 5,000 sq. km. of the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. This beautiful region is well supplied with many bush camps and bush lodges providing excellent access to the woodlands and flood plains of the region. Most camps and lodges in Moremi can arrange to pick up travellers at the airport in Maun, located about 100 km to the south of the reserve.

To the east of the Okavango Delta lies the Chobe National Park, which is also primarily an inland delta, fed by the Chobe River, that flows in from Zimbabwe. The Chobe provides sancuary for the largest elephant population in the world.

The Kalahari Desert covers most of the southern regions Botswana. As it's name implies this region of Botswana is very dry and sparsely populated. Much of this region has been set aside in two game reserves, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Accommodation and transport in these regions are equally sparse.

Weather
Summer (Nov to March) is generally very hot in Botswana, with the occasional thundershower offering some relief. Visitors to Botswana are therefore well-advised to plan their vacation here during the Winter months from April to October, when the days are warm and sunny. Winters offer better game viewing because the bush is less filled in, and large game can more easily be found gathering near watering holes, that become increasingly scarce towards the end of the dry season.

Travel
There are two ways to travel to Botswana, by road and by air. Air Botswana (Botswana's airline) has daily flights which include international flights from Gaborone to Johannesburgh and Harare as well as internal flights to Francistown, Maun and Kasane. South African Express also provides daily international flights, and Air Namibia has flights five times a week from Windhoek to Maun.

The official language spoken in Botswana is English, and the common business hours in Botswana are Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. The currency of Botswana is the Pula, notes are P100, P50, P20 and P10 and coins are P5, P2, P1 and thebe 50t, 25t, 10t and 5t. There are seven main banks in Botswana and a number of foreign exchange bureaux.

Activities
Game safaris are by far the most popular tourist attraction in Botswana. The major national parks of Botswana are offer plenty of related activities including fishing, canoeing, and boat cruises.

Public Holidays
1 January : New Year's Day
2 January : Public Holiday
March/ April (variable) : Good Friday and Easter Monday
1 May : Labour Day
May (variable) : Ascension Day
1 July : Sir Seretse Khama Day
21 July : President's Day (and following day)
30 September : Independence Day (and following day)
1 December : Public Holiday
25 December : Christmas Day
26 December : Boxing Day

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Sleeps: 14 in 7 units/rooms

Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge

Caravan or Camping Accommodation in Francistown

WOODLANDS STOP OVER AND LODGE'S tranquil, out of the noisy city, location makes it an ideal destination for a few days or a quick stop over en-route to the Okavango Swamps, Chobe Game Reserve, Central Kalahari, Makgadigadi Pans, Botswana National Parks

Sleeps: 30 in 18 units/rooms
From R 183,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Limpopo River Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Tuli Block

The Lodge is situated on the banks of the Limpopo River in the Tuli Block. A perfectly situated weekend getaway or overnight stop en route to central or northern Botswana. Only 12 kilometers from the friendly and little used Platjan

Pom Pom Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Okavango Delta

In the heart of the Okavango Delta within the MATSEBE concession area, Pom Pom camp is another jewel in Botswana's crown! Here hippo grunt and frolic in front of camp that is surrounded by miles of reeds. In a clear water oasis "makoro's" offer ...

Kasane Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kasane

Kasane Self Catering is nestled on the banks of the Chobe River in the town of Kasane, in the Chobe District of Botswana. You are afforded all the comforts of home with two stylish, fully-equipped rooms in a luxurious garden.

Sleeps: 4

Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Francistown

WOODLANDS STOP OVER AND LODGE'S tranquil, out of the noisy city, location makes it an ideal destination for a few days or a quick stop over en-route to the Okavango Swamps, Chobe Game Reserve, Central Kalahari, Makgadigadi Pans, Botswana National Parks

Sleeps: 4
From R 990,00
Per unit, per night.

Kleynhans Home

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gaborone

The Kleynhans Home is set in a beautiful garden surrounded by African bush. It makes for a tranquil, up lifting stay. The well appointed guest suites open on to a private deck which offers ever-changing views of the surrounding hills

Sleeps: 12
From R 956,46
Per unit, per night.

Olive Leaves Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gaborone

Olive Leaves has six individually decorated en-suite guest rooms and one self-catering flat. Each room has air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, LCD screen television and DSTv (8 channels provided). All rooms have private entrances and are non-smoking.

Chobe Safari Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Chobe National Park

On Botswana's far northern border lies the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe river system forming a series of lakes, islands and floodplains. This area forms the Chobe National Park, famous for its large buffalo and elephant herds...

Gunn's Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Okavango Delta

The Main Camp has an elevated lounge and dining area with beautiful sunset views, it's own swimming pool and eight deluxe en-suite tents. Delicious three course dinners, announced by the beating of drums, are served in our raised dining area...

Nata Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Nata

For keen bird watchers and naturalists, Nata Lodge offers open vehicle, three hour excursions into the Nata Sanctuary. Mammal species in the sanctuary include antelope such as kudu and springbok, as well as springhares, jackals, foxes, monkeys...

Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms

Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge

Room Only Accommodation in Francistown

WOODLANDS STOP OVER AND LODGE'S tranquil, out of the noisy city, location makes it an ideal destination for a few days or a quick stop over en-route to the Okavango Swamps, Chobe Game Reserve, Central Kalahari, Makgadigadi Pans, Botswana National Parks

Chobe River Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kasane

Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, luxurious bathroom and beautifully furnished bedroom. The comfortable lounges, fitted with DSTV, offer a pull out couch so that each cottage can sleep up to four people and are ideal for families.

Sleeps: 16 in 6 units/rooms
From R 600,00
Per unit, per night.

Egret Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Gaborone

There are four en-suite self-catering thatched chalets situated in a quiet and peaceful farm-style surrounding just outside town. They are each equipped with its own kitchen, television and 24 hour internet service

Phokoje Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gaborone

1 cottage with small kitchen, bedroom, shower and toilet. The cottage is situated approximately 70 meter's from the main house with its own private entrance. It has an out door area with a braai facility.

Sango Safari Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Accommodating 12 guests in 6 en-suite meru tents Sango Safari Camp is designed in the style of the classic tented safari camp of days gone by. Sango Safari Camp aims to rekindle the atmosphere of the luxury mobile safari camp.

Sleeps: 110 in 11 units/rooms
From R 627,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Tuli Game Reserve - Pride Rock

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Tuli Block

With the Black Eagles' nest perched along the rugged cliff faces above the Limpopo River, Pride Rock looks out regally across the landscape. This boldly dramatic guesthouse, home to 5 suites.

Palapye Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Palapye

Palapye Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Botswana, and is situated at Palapye Railway Station.