Botswana is home to the vast Kalahari Desert and the unique Okavango Delta. These habitats are home to numerous plant and animal species. This is the perfect spot for a trip abroad. Come to Botswana to experience an untouched African natural environment!
Botswana is a landlocked country about the size of France. It is bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Kalahari Desert dominates the west and south of the country. The Kalahari is a dry savannah rather than a sand desert, and is home to various grass species, briar brushes and acacia trees. It stands in striking contrast to the Okavango Delta, which is a biodiverse wetland in the middle of the Kalahari. Despite being 1000 m above sea level, Botswana does not have any major mountain ranges. It does however have a striking hilly landscape. The only significant mountain ranges are the Otso Mountains and the Tsodilo Hills, which reach heights of over 1000 m.
The landscape of Botswana can be characterized by vast shrub savanna, steppe, desert and wetlands in the North. Due to its geographical diversity a variety of animals and plants can be found in Botswana such as Baobab trees, sausage trees and acacia as well as palms and strangler figs. The world-famous Okavango Delta is inhabited by numbers of rare and endangered animals like lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and buffalos.
The climate conditions in Botswana are subtropical, dry and hot. Due to the fact Botswana is located in the southern hemisphere; wintertime is from May till late August. During this period it is not raining a lot and the temperatures are relatively low.
Botswana’s currency is Pula. One Pula is 100 Thebe. For the current exchange rate please visit www.oanda.com
All units accord to the metric system.
In Botswana the standard voltage is 230 Volt. Before your departure you should check if you need any adapter.
The public transport in Botswana is not well developed. For longer trips a rental car (off-road vehicle) is highly recommended. For that purpose you need an international driving license. You should avoid driving by night because wild animals can cross the street then.
The park is named after the Chobe River which runs from Angola to Botswana. At the same time it is the northern border between Namibia and Botswana. During dry spells the water level of Chobe River is relatively high that is why many wild animals gather in the National Park at that time. The National Park is famous for its high numbers of elephants and giant buffalo herds. There are boat trips provided to observe the animals from close up.
The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inner delta and one of the most fascinating and beautiful landscapes in Africa. Compared to other rivers the Okavango does not flow into an ocean but into the Kalahari Desert where it drains/evaporates. Thousands of endangered animal and plant species inhabit the delta and make this place to one of the most unique nature treasures.
The Kalahari Desert spread over the major part of Botswana. Long time ago a large inner lake was located in this area. Nowadays there are only some salt pans left. During rain seasons hundreds of thousands of birds can be observed in this area: A perfect place to join a bird-watching safari.
Close to Chobe National Park, the Mashatu Game Reserve is located in vicinity to Simbabwe and South Africa. The place is also called “Land of Giants” due to its large number of Mashatu trees which can reach heights of up to 30 meters.