Botswana, or the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country in the Southern part of Africa. The capital, Gaborone, is also the most populated city. The country of Botswana has just over two million people, but with its huge size, it is one of the world’s most sparsely populated.
Surprising to some, the official language of Botswana is English. However, many other languages are spoken in the country as well including Setswana.
- Botswana’s Okavango Delta is, at 17,000 square kilometers, the largest inland delta in the world.
- Jwaneng Diamond Mine, in the south of the country, is the richest diamond mine in the world.
- Batswana is the word used for many citizens of Botswana. One citizen, however, is a motswana.
- It is considered very rude to raise your voice in public in Botswana.
- Botswana is home to the Tsodilo Hills, one of the unknown wonders on Earth. Tsodilo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has many features that allow historians to look back on human settlement from thousands of years ago.
- A Scottish author, named Alexander McCall Smith, has written many novels based in Botswana—the most popular of which is No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
- Music is very important to Botswana and its people. Much of the music is strictly vocal, although accompaniment by drums is not uncommon.
- Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Botswana. This is common among many African nations. However, cricket, tennis and rugby also have huge followings in the country.