Covered by the Kalahari desert, bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast and Zambia to the north; is this beautiful country called Botswana.
She gained her independence on the 30th of September, 1966. Her capital city is called Gaborone, and her official languages are English and Setswana. With a population of just over two million people (2,000,000), she has just five major ethnic groups which are: Batswana, BaKalanga, Basarwa, BaKgalagadi and other groups of White-Africans and indians.
Like many other African countries, Botswana used to be ranked amongst the poorest countries of the world, but of late she’s transformed into one of the world’s fastest growing nations in terms of economy per capital income. The income is generated majorly from the proceeds of the diamond mining industry.
The people in Botswana are majorly Christians, while some others still follow the old indigenous beliefs. Setswana is the major term used to characterize the rich cultural traditions of Botswana. The people mostly vocalize their songs, their music are made without drums, strings and stringed instruments play a major role in their music. Instruments such as the Setinkane, Segankure and Segaba make sonorious rhythms that soothe the soul. Making baskets from Mokola Palm and local dyes, is an expertise of the women in the northern part of Botswana. The Thamaga pottery and Oodi weavers are also witty works that come from Botswana which are worthy of note.
There are over a handful of lovely places that could be visited in Botswana. There are large national and big game reserves to be seen, some of which are; the Chobe National park (contains the worlds’ largest concentration of African Elephants), Moremi game reserve, Central Kalahari game reserve, makgadikgadi Pans national park. Others include; mashatu game reserve, and makolodi nature reserve.
One can also avail him/herself the opportunity to get a gleams of the rhinoceros at the Rhino Sanctuary, or get to see the Flamingos at the Makgadikgadi sanctuary; which are all strategically located within the Central district of Botswana. The Limpopo river is a major landform to be beheld in Botswana.
Botswana is one place to visit; the resources bejeweled upon this beautiful country are simply inexhaustible.