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BOTSWANA

Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens refer to themselves as "Batswana" (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It has held uninterrupted democratic elections since independence.

Botswana is flat, and up to 70% is covered by the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula, Zambia is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred metres long.

When to go:
The hottest time of year in Botswana is also the wettest. The rainy season occurs in summer between October and April. Dry and cool weather, with cold and often frosty nights, occurs between May and September, when the average daytime temperature is a pleasant 25 C. The months between April and October are ideal for tourists in terms of weather and game viewing.

Average monthly temperature (°C)

Timezone (GMT):
+2 (Botswana).

Language:
English, Setswana.

Currency:
Botswana Pula (BWP).

Tourist/Visa/health information:
Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Hepatitis B are recommended aswell as malaria tablets for protection against disease.

Flight information:
There are connecting flights to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Botswana from the UK. The flight duration from London to Botswana is 9 to 10 hours and the airport is approximately nine miles (15km) north of Gaborone.

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