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Travel to Botswana

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Botswana has one of the oldest cultures on Earth: the Bushman. Botswana Bushmen are still practicing hunter-gatherers since early times; they are the indigenous population of South Africa.


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Jill Vickerman (416)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:34 am
I have often thought if i moved to another country i would move to Botswana, i like the people and the country is amazing.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:38 am
Map of Botswana - World Atlas

1 Botswana has one of the oldest cultures on Earth: the Bushman. Botswana Bushmen are still practicing hunter-gatherers since early times; they are the indigenous population of South Africa. A visit to the safari has to include interaction with the indigenous: the San people to see how the cave dwellers might have lived. The Basarwa has rock art scattered around South Africa and adventurers can experience life as a forgoer.

2 The Okavango Delta is home to wildlife native to Kalahari Dessert, based in the centre of the dessert, the Okavango River allows a canoe to be paddled through for the adventurer to witness the diversity of life of South Africa. The Okavango Delta is an oasis where the river empties into the swamp rather than the sea. Every rainy season the delta swells upto three times it original size to support all live that depends on it. There are three more wild life parks and seven more game reserves in Botswana.

3 Botswana's government owns one of the largest diamond mining companies in the world. De Beers company had joined with the Botswanian government to operate Debswana, the company that owns all of Botswana's diamond mines. Botswana's main economy is fueled mainly by diamonds and other ores, with tourism and argiculture trailing close behind. Due to fears that diamonds will dry out in Botswana in the future, the government is trying to shift the economy to tourism, agriculture and trade.

4 Going to Botswana during the low season is cheaper, but offers more than during viewing season. From July to October, Botswana's hotel and tours are quickly booked up and hence becomes more expensive due to demand. Other ideal times depend on the adventurer's goal, from November to March birds fly home for breeding and from December to May flowers will bloom after the rain. Botswana is a country that is suitable for visit all year round.

5 Botswana is heaven for photographers, they have beautiful scenery, wildlifes, Bushmen and many other unique identities only found in Botswana. There are many types of flora and fauna found only in the savannahs of Botswana, including several species of antelope, and up to four hundred plant species identified. Dedicated trackers can be hired to help trackdown a specific wildlife or flower to be photographed, they can also offer a better viewing experience to the adventurer.

Ten interesting facts about Botswana

1. The Jwaneng Diamond Mine, located in southern Botswana, is the world’s richest diamond mine.

2. Botswanahas set aside 17% of their land as nature reserves – much more than the recommended 10%.

3. Most Botswanadiamonds are mined by the Desbwana company – 50% owned by DeBeers and 50% owned by the government of Botswana.

4. The word “lekgoa,” which the Batswana often use to refer to foreigners, was originally translatable to “spat out by the sea.”

5. Batswana is the plural term for people who live in Botswana. The singular term is Motswana.

6. Pula, the currency of Botswana, is also the Setswana word for rain.

7. Botswana president Ian Khama was the son of Botswana’s first-ever president, Sir Seretse Khama.

8. President Ian Khama lived in England when he was a child. (His parents had been exiled there.)

9. Ian Khama’s mother was an Englishwoman. Her name was Ruth Williams.

10. Botswana is Africa’s longest surviving democracy.

Foods of Botswana:

The main meal is generally eaten at lunchtime traditionally, and leftovers or bread and tea are eaten at dinner. Many tourists only eat relatively upmarket cuisine at lodges or else self cater if they are doing a self drive safari.

The national dish of Botswana is called Seswaa. This consists of a meat stew served over thick polenta or pap. The stew is made by boiling meat with onion and pepper. Adding anything else is considered an infringement.

Once the meat has cooked for two hours it is shredded and pounded with salt to add flavour. This is then served on top of the thick maize meal. It is often served with a leafy green which is called Morogo. This food comes from a country where many of the population were poor and meat was considered something of a luxury. The dish is quite bland and should suit unadventurous eaters.

Goat meat which is often stewed is the second most popular meat after Beef. Chicken is also popular and many households will raise their own. For breakfast maize or sorghum porridge is popular. This is called Bogobe. It is made by pouring sorghum or millet flour into boiling water and cooking it till it becomes a soft paste. Sometimes this dish is eaten without milk and sugar with meat and vegetables for dinner.

Barbeques are also popular and people will often have one to mark a special occasion. The Afrikaans community introduced dishes such as Vetkoek, a deep fried dough, that is a bit like an un-sweetened doughnut which is cut in half and filled with curried mince.
Pulse based dishes are also popular as many kinds of beans and peas are grown in the country such as cow peas and ditloo, and African legume.

Offal dishes such as Oxtail are very popular in Botswana as well. It is often served during festive occasions, though as the population has become wealthier it has become a regular meal. Rice based dishes are also becoming popular, but these are more associated with the European cultures in Botswana.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:45 am
one of my favorite places on earth....

Veronique L (209)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:59 am
Botswana also has The N°1 Ladies' Detective Agency!! :-)

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 7:59 am
so beautiful, thank you for the excursion Kit

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:01 am
Thanks for reminding us that not all of Africa is coping with conflict or unrest these days Kit!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:19 am

Yes, Veronique a wonderful show. I really did like that show and the actors.

Pat B (354)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:35 am
I see that they have a Riverwalk too, Kit. Beautiful landscape, I'd be walking all over the place there, and I'd be on the bus for the Safari tour. Thank you, Kit for our trip to Botswana.

SuSanne P (193)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:59 am
Thank you so much Kit! JL A speaks my words. I needed a vacation and just may stay!

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 10:15 am
One of MY favorite places on earth, too! (Seems we have more than a few Botswana fans!) Because the Okovongo delta area floods every year, you can drive off-roads and not worry about disturbing the soil/ruining the landscape.

I've paddled the canoes through crystal-clear waters, tasted "Kalahari apples," watched Wild dogs play with their puppies and walked with the San people! I remember trying to lift a Cape Buffalo skull...WOW..those things are HEAVY!

It's a great place! Thanks, brought me some happy memories!

Lynn S (235)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 12:35 pm
I have never travelled to Botswana but it is on my bucket list.

Botswana's record against poachers is impressive --- they actively enforce the wildlife laws unlike some of their neighbours who only pay lip service. The countryside and people are absolutely wonderful.

I was first introduced to Botswana in fiction books by author Wilbur Smith. His stories and painted scenes created an interest in me. I'd also like to go to the White Lion Park Reserve located in South Africa, I believe just north of Johannesburg, operated by lion whisperer, Kevin Richardson.

Frans, be aware, I might drop you a note to say I'm on my way!

Jaime A (52)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 2:16 pm
Great place.!!

Barbara K (62)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 5:15 pm
Wow, this is a beautiful place and the people look so friendly and likable, and happy. Thanks, my friend.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:08 am
Thank you Kit for the travels...

Carli Sager (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 5:09 am
Botswana is truly beatiful!

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:22 pm
Stunning country! And one which I plan to visit in the next 3 years. Really looking forward to it! Thanks Kit 4 this awesome journey!
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