Botswana is one of the few African countries that maintained a stable and representative democracy after independence. This largely Christian nation lies just north of South Africa and is one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries.
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In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Botswana.
1. Botswana is a country located in the southern part of the African continent. For the most part, Botswana has a flat landscape and is about 70% covered by the Kalahari dessert.
2. There are more African elephants in Botswana than anywhere else. Botswana is home to the world’s biggest concentration of African elephants, of which the highest concentration is to be found in Chobe National Park.
3. The Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world. It’s a beautiful oasis in the Kalahari desert, whose waters start flowing from the highlands of Angola all the way over the sands of the Kalahari desert. The Delta gives life to many forms of life which seems to be unexpected in the middle of a desert.
4. Before its independence in 1966 Botswana was a British protectorate and was one of the poorest and least developed countries in Africa. One year after gaining independence, a huge diamond mine was discovered in Orapa. Today Botswana is one of the most prosperous countries in Africa. Botswana is the worlds biggest diamond producing country in terms of value and the second biggest in terms of production. Diamonds count for nearly half of the government’s value.
5. It has a population of just over 1.8 million people and is the size of France or Texas. The majority of people live on the eastern side of the country.
6. Botswana has never really known political conflict and strife. It was a protectorate of Britain only after three chiefs from Botswana travelled to England to request such an arrangement. It was never colonised and has always enjoyed a refreshingly democratic style of governance. The ‘kgotla’ system is an entrenched Setswana culture. It is based on a culture of democracy and free speech where every person has the right to speak their mind.
7. The Makgadikgadi Pans are a popular tourist destination in Botswana. These are the largest salt pans in the world and stretch over an area of 12 000 square kilometres. When the pans fill up during the rainy season, the area attracts the most incredible variety of wildlife. The large colony of flamingos that descend on the pans is a breath-taking sight for tourists visiting Botswana.
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