Campe im Okavango-Delta und folge den Spuren der exotischen Tierwelt, bestaune die Victoriafälle, versuche ein Mokoro-Kanu zu lenken, campe unter den Sternen.
Diese Erlebnisreise bietet eine umfassende, authentisch afrikanische Erfahrung auf einem kompakten, 8-tägigen Trip. Erlebe die Wildtiere und die prächtigen Farben und Landschaften von Sambia, Botswana und Südafrika, mit Tierbeobachtungen und zahlreichen Möglichkeiten für Pirschfahrten. Campe im Okavango-Delta unter den Sternen und bestaune die mächtigen Victoriafälle. Dein wendiger, robuster Overland Truck bringt dich zuverlässig zu den Sehenswürdigkeiten und beim Camping kannst du zu den Klängen der Wildnis unter dem weitläufigen afrikanischen Himmel einschlafen. Du beendest dein Abenteuer in Livingstone, wo ein Vertreter von G Adventures dir hilft, in die entspannte Atmosphäre einzutauchen.
Ankunft zu jeder Zeit möglich.
Überquere die Grenze nach Botswana und genieße die erste Campingnacht unter dem afrikanischen Sternenhimmel. Optional kannst du von Maun aus einen Flug über das atemberaubende Delta machen.
Genieße einen Spaziergang mit Tierbeobachtung, einen Ausflug auf einem Mokoro (traditioneller Einbaum) und Vogelbeobachtung. Betrachte die wilden Tiere aus nächster Nähe. Singe und tanze mit den Einheimischen rund ums Lagerfeuer.
Campe unter uralten Affenbrotbäumen. Du kannst die Wildtiere auch auf einer Bootsfahrt am Chobe im Chobe Nationalpark beobachten.
Einreise nach Sambia mit der Fähre, danach Besuch der Victoriafälle.
Abreise zu jeder Zeit möglich. Überlege dir, eine Nacht länger zu bleiben, um aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten zu wählen, wie raften, Bungee-Jumping oder über die Wasserfälle zu fliegen.
Campe im Okavango-Delta und folge den Spuren der exotischen Tierwelt, bestaune die Victoriafälle, versuche ein Mokoro-Kanu zu lenken, campe unter den Sternen.
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
1. Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 2. This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, countries, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience. We use a comfortable and safe customized safari truck for the long drives. 3. Sleeping bags can not be rented on any of our Africa overland or safari trips 4. SOUTH Africa is to enforce new rules requiring proof of Yellow Fever vaccination for all travelers - even in airport transit - who have been in Zambia or other countries where the disease is endemic. The stricter guidelines, effective 01 Oct 2011, will see pax without an international Yellow Fever certificate refused entry. It is compulsory to show a valid Yellow Fever Certificate if you are travelling to Botswana from a Yellow Fever endemic country. Entry into Botswana when travelling from the following countries (but not limited to) will require a Yellow Fever Certificate: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Zambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela 5. An essential part of your safari is participation. The group is usually divided into small groups and given different tasks which change on a day to day basis, from kitchen duty group (helping in prepare meals and clean up afterwards), the packing group (sets up all tables and chairs outside) and the cleaning group (which cleans the truck by emptying the rubbish bin and brooming). it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEOs will do all the meal preparation, but we do ask the clients to help with the washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also available, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.
On this tour, you will be accompanied by two Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will be the group manager and leader, cook and driver. They will provide information on the places where we are travelling, offer suggestions for things to do and see and introduce you to our local friends. He/she will take care of the small things so you can concentrate on enjoying your adventure. All of our CEOs in southern Africa are experienced group leaders, with a broad knowledge base of the region’s history, cultures, and wildlife. Most of our leaders in the region are from South Africa, though it may be possible that you’ll have a leader from another country in the southern African region. All of our overland truck drivers are experienced in the routes travelled, and highly skilled in dealing with different terrains. All of our cooks will organize and lead the meal preparation, and have experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups. We also use local guides for some included activities where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting.
Max. 22, im Schnitt 18.
7x Frühstück, 6x Mittagessen, 5x Abendessen.
As mentioned above, most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available - we would like to give you the opportunity to explore a bit and test the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from. All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for foodstuffs will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Our cook will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotating participation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.
Plane 30-40 USD für nicht inbegriffene Mahlzeiten und Getränke ein.
Overland Truck, zu Fuß, Mokoro.
Here’s a quick look at the well-equipped G Adventures overland truck: - Storage for main luggage in a compartment under the seating area (accessed from the outside of the truck). Day packs can be stored at your feet (there is plenty of room). - Onboard safety box(es) for valuables. - Front view windows - Large sliding windows, great for game viewing - Fully equipped retractable kitchen - Intercom between seating area and driver - Inverter for battery charging (South African plug - 220-240V) Please note that our trucks do not have on-board bathrooms. Nor do they have seats that recline as often reclining seats will break, and thus you will have some seats that recline and some that don't. This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary, and consider that this is often on poor quality, bumpy roads. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience.
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Einfaches Hotel (1 Nacht), Mitmach-Camping (5 Nächte), Busch-Camping (1 Nacht).
Camping in Africa is truly an adventure. You will be able to get off the beaten track to get a first-hand experience of the beautiful wilderness and nature. While camping, we stay at designated campsites in national parks and outside towns. Campsite facilities in southern Africa are generally good, but can be basic in certain places. There are generally small restaurants and/or bars, washing facilities and occasionally telephones available. The camps have flush toilets, and showers at some camps are outdoors, having simple reed enclosures for privacy. Additionally, warm water is available at most sites, but it is not guaranteed to always be warm when you take your shower; the warm water may be used up others who also use the camp. We usually set-up camp within close proximity to the toilet facilities, though occasionally to reach them you may to walk a short distance. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses, which are warm and comfortable. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard 2-person safari canvas tents. Please note that most adults will not be able to fully stand up inside the tents, though most travellers find these more than adequate, as they have a base area of approximately 4 square meters. These tents are regularly treated with a waterproofing agent, but under certain rainy conditions, the tent fabric may become saturated to the point where seepage or leakage may occur. All tents have built-in mesh insect netting on the windows and doors. We travel with our own portable camp chairs with a comfortable back-rest, and we utilize our own cooking equipment to provide the group good quality camp meals. In camping within the national parks and conservation areas, some camp sites are enclosed for keeping the resident wildlife out. Other camps are open to the natural environment – care must be taken, especially at night, when a torch/flashlight is recommended when walking around the camp area. Despite the challenge that a few days “roughing it” may pose to some, the experience of being that close to nature, camping under the African stars, and seeing incredible wildlife at your tent door-step is not just gratifying but ultimately an experience of a lifetime.
Airport Game Lodge 21 4th Road Bredell, Kempton Park Johannesburg, South Africa Tel: +27 (0)11 396 2969 Website: http://www.sa-venues.com/ga/airport_game_lodge.html The hotel can help with organizing excursions/tours in and around Johannesburg (tours such as Soweto, Lion Park, Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg City Tour, Pretoria City Tour, etc.). They also offer transport to all shopping centers such as Eastgate, Sandton City at an extra cost. The Airport Game Lodge is situated in a safe quiet area surrounded with lost of nature and animals, you can go for morning runs or walk down to the Supermarket which is down the street.
Please note that the Airport Game Lodge offers a complimentary airport pickup. This will likely be a shared transfer and you may have to wait between 20 minutes and 1.5 hours to either be picked up or for others that are also taking the transfer. In order to get this transfer you need to call the hotel directly upon your arrival in Johannesburg. They will arrange the pick-up. If you have a pre-arranged, pre-paid transfer, look for a transfer person on walking out of international arrivals with a sign G Adventures and your name. Ask him/her what hotel he/she will take you to (do not volunteer this information). Then present your passport for proof of identity. The difference between the pre-arranged transfer (paid transfer) through us and the "free" airport transfer through the Airport Game Lodge is that you cannot pre-arrange the free shuttle. You will have to phone the lodge upon arrival at the airport in Johannesburg and they will arrange a pick up point just outside the arrival building whereas our pre-arranged "meet&greet pick up" will have an assistant waiting for you with a board and your name on it upon walking out the luggage arrival hall. Taxis are easily accessible at JHB International Airport. Please see that the taxi driver is a registered driver and has an ID card to show you. The transfer should cost between $25-$35. If you do plan on taking a taxi, it is advisable to print off a map of directions from the airport to the Airport Game Lodge for your driver before you depart. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day in which no activities are planned. There will be a ‘Welcome Note’ at your starting point hotel in Johannesburg to advise you of the start time of the Welcome Meeting on Day 1. Please look out for it on the notice board or ask reception. At the Welcome Meeting you will meet your CEO and other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. The tour departs Johannesburg on Day 2 at 06:30 am.
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Reprsentative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. AIRPORT TRANSFER If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that: Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Local Representative (South Africa) After Hours Emergency number From outside South Africa: +27 82 556 4562 From within South Africa: 082 556 4562 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 01805 70 90 30 00 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, sports bag, or backpack, no larger than 30cm(height) x 30cm(width) x 60cm(length), maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Porters are not available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. For our camping style tours you will need to provide your own sleeping bag, small pillow and sleeping sheet (if you would like). We provide the tent and the sleeping pads. Please note that the seasons in Africa is quite extreme. Winters (especially South Africa and certain parts of Botswana) can be really cold and summers will be really hot. If you travel during winter months please ensure that you bring warm clothing and a suitable sleeping bag. It is wise to bring plenty of layers for cool mornings and evenings. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.
Suggested Items: ▪ Fleece top ▪ Warm sleeping bag ▪ Windproof/waterproof jacket ▪ Small towel and swimwear ▪ 4 shirts/t-shirts ▪ Sun hat ▪ 1 pair of shorts ▪ 2 pairs of long trousers ▪ 1 pair hiking pants/track pants ▪ Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes ▪ Sport sandals ▪ Sunblock ▪ Sunglasses ▪ Toiletries (biodegradable) ▪ Water bottle ▪ Purification tablets or filter ▪ Pocketknife ▪ Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulbs) ▪ Money belt ▪ First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) ▪ Camera with extra memory cards and batteries ▪ Personal Entertainment ▪ Binoculars ▪ Waterproof backpack cover Documents: ▪ Passport (with photocopies) ▪ Yellow Fever Certificate (with photocopies)(If traveling from an endemic country). ▪ Travel insurance (with photocopies) ▪ Airline tickets (with photocopies) ▪ USD cash ▪ Credit or debit card (see personal spending money) ▪ G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier ▪ Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Laundry can be done at most campsites by the local women. The price can be different from area to area. Please be aware that the clothes get washed in unpurified water, and this can lead to ringworm infections and irritable skin conditions. It might be better to bring some eco-friendly soap with you on tour, as well as some clothes pegs, and do your own washing.
All countries require a valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements. South Africa The information provided here is to be used as a guide only. Please consult with the relevant embassy or your travel agency before you travel. We cannot take any responsibility whatsoever for the use of this information. This information is based on the following assumptions: • Is for non-South African passport holders only • The requirements are based on tourist and not business applications • You have the necessary funds/ tickets/ paperwork The applicant's passport should remain valid for a period of 6 months after the applicant's departure from South Africa. Visa requirements for entering South Africa You will need the following: • A valid visa, if required. • Sufficient funds. • A return or onward ticket. Yellow fever certificates are required if the journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America. Foreigners who do not need a visa For stays up to 90 days If you are a passport holder of the following countries/areas you do not need a visa for stays of LESS THAN 90 days: African Union / Unity Laissez Passes, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, United States of America, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica For stays up to 30 days If you are a passport holder of the following countries/areas you do not need a visa for stays of LESS THAN 30 days: Antigua and Barbuda,Barbados,Belize,Benin,Bolivia,Hong Kong,Hungary,Jordan,Lesotho,Malaysia Cape Verde,Costa Rica,Cyprus,Gabon,Guyana,Peru,Poland,Seychelles,Slovak Republic ,South Korea,Swaziland,Thailand,Turkey,Zambia Botswana Whilst African Travel Gateway does not arrange visas, the following information has been provided to assist you in finding out the visa requirements for the passport that you are holding. While every effort is made to keep this information updated, it is subject to change. All nationals of foreign countries, except those from countries which have reached visa abolition agreements with Botswana, require a visa for entering Botswana. Nationals not requiring visas: Members of all Commonwealth countries (except the nationals of Ghana, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh), Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, German Federal Republic, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Samoa (Western), San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA and Yugoslavia. Any visitor - whether visa exempted or not that wishes to stay more than 90 days should apply for prior permission for the extended period to the Chief Immigration Office in Gabarone. No visitor is allowed to work or seek employment in Botswana One should first however, check if there is a Namibian Consulate in your country of residence. This will make the process of applying for a visa a lot simpler Zambia ***Please be sure to visit http://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm to determine if your nationality requires a Visa, can purchase one upon arrival or must apply for one in advance. Note that Zambia and Zimbabwe have come out with a UNIVISA. This Visa allows holders to cross back and forth between Zambia and Zimbabwe as many times as they would like within a 30-day period (giving the passenger the ability to see Victoria Falls from both sides). These Visa’s can be purchased at Livingstone and Lusaka airports and the border posts at Victoria Falls and Kazangula for 50USD. We would recommend this Visa to our passengers as a single entry Visa to Zambia costs 50USD and upwards (therefore, the UNIVISA offers more value). If they should decide they wish to visit the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls, they could do so at no additional cost and without obtaining another Visa. Information below is in regards to Zambian Visas only. Entry / exit requirements: A passport valid for three months beyond the date of entry, visa and evidence of yellow fever vaccination are required. Visas are available Zambia Embassies (see list below). Travellers should obtain the latest information and details from the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia. An entry visa is required. Visas can be obtained by most nationalities at the point of entry to Zambia. Approximate costs include: - U.S.A (US$20), - Canada (US$60 on arrival; CAD$75 for advance application) - U.K. (US$20; US$45 for advance application) - Australia (US$20 on arrival) - Austria, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Portugal & Spain (varies from US$10-100) - South African (USD15 on arrival) Visa costs can change at any time and with little notice depending on the political climate of the region.
REGIONAL INFORMATION Climate Southern Africa is renowned for its excellent outdoor living climate. The winter months are from May to September and are characterized by cold nights and pleasant days. Summer is from October to April and starts off with increasing dry heat and dust. Rains generally only start from mid to late December and last until March; this period is hot and humid. Large parts of Southern Africa are desert environment, so you will have to come prepared with a three-season sleeping bag and appropriate clothing for the winter season (nights only). Local Currency South African Rand; Botswana Pula; Zambian Kwacha. We recommend that you bring US$ or South African Rand for personal expenses on this trip. Traveller's cheques are not recommended. Electricity 220-240V, 50Hz. Electric plug types come in two sizes and are standard throughout the countries. The two and three round pin standard plugs are acceptable in most parts of these countries. Language There are multiple official languages in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, although English is widely spoken. There are also numerous dialects spoken throughout different parts of these lands. ZAMBIA Full country name: Zambia Area: 752,615km2 (17th largest in Africa) Population: 10.4 million Capital city: Lusaka Largest Towns: Lusaka, Ndola, Livingstone, Kabwe, Kitwe. People: Bemba, Tonga, Nyanja, Ngoni, Lozi plus many other different groups as well as Colonial ex-pats and people of Asian descent Official Language: English Other Languages: Bemba, Tonga, Nyanja, Lozi Religion: Christian, ZCC and Islam Government: Multiparty parliamentary democracy President: Levy Mwanawasa Currency: Kwacha Major industries: Agriculture (mainly subsistence farming), mining, tourism • Formally called Northern Rhodesia, Zambia gained its independence from colonial Great Britain in 1964. • By the end of 1970, Zambia has become one of the poorest countries in the world due to corruption, mismanagement of the economy and a fall in the world copper price. • In the 1990s Kuanda, the president since independence, was forced to amend the constitution, legalizing opposition parties and setting full elections in 1991. They were defeated by Frederick Chiluba. However, Zambia’s situation has not improved. • The country has three distinct seasons: cool and dry from May to August, hot and dry in September and October and rainy between November and April. • The majority of the population are subsistence farmers and there are also some large commercial farms growing sugar cane. INTERESTING FACTS 1. Zambia is the fourth-largest supplier of copper in the world and the leading producer of cobalt. Combined the mining of these two minerals accounts for 75% of Zambia’s foreign exchange and 5% of employment in the country. 2. There are 73 officially recognized ethnic groups living within Zambia’s borders, each with their own culture and language. 3. Unlike many African countries, Zambia’s borders do not adhere to any logical language or tribal boundaries. 4. Unlike neighbouring Botswana the Zambian government does not have a comprehensive anti-poaching policy and poaching remains a major problem facing Zambia’s wildlife. 5. Approx 750 different species of bird have been recorded in Zambia. 6. The Victoria Falls on the Zambian side is known as “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) BOTSWANA Full country name: Republic of Botswana Area: 600,370 sq km (231,800 sq mi) Population: 1.6 million Capital city: Gaborone (pop 192,000) People: Botswana 60%, Bakalanga, Basarwa, Bakgalagadi Languages: English, Setswana Religions: indigenous beliefs 50%, Christian 50% Government: parliamentary republic President: Festus Mogae Major industries: diamonds, copper, nickel, coal, salt, soda ash, potash, livestock processing, sorghum, maize, millet, pulses, groundnuts (peanuts), beans, cowpeas, sunflower seed, livestock Major trading partners: EU, Southern African Customs Union (SACU), Zimbabwe The first inhabitants of Botswana were the San (Bushmen). They still populate the country, but the Tswana tribe is now more prominent. Other tribes include the Kalanga, Nbukushy, Yei and the Herero. The Herero women still wear the full-length Victorian-style dresses, which were introduced to them by German missionaries in the late 1800’s, however it is now a tribal trademark. The British controlled Bechuanaland (as Botswana was then known) from 1885 until the country received their independence on September 30th 1966. Ironically diamonds were discovered in Botswana in 1967! Interesting fact – Botswana’s diamonds do very well on the International market as they are classified as “Blood free,” meaning they are not used to fund guerrilla warfare. Botswana has the strongest economy and currency in Africa, mostly due to their diamonds and livestock. The European Union put many stipulations on their imported meats and Botswana’s tight vetenary checks, aiming at controlling foot and mouth, mean that the EU are happy to buy their meat. Agricultural income will improve when they have combated the problem of widespread drought. They are currently installing irrigation systems around the country to try to feed the most water-deprived areas. Botswana handles it’s international debt much better than any other African country with the interest being paid with one months export earnings, rather than the six months earnings it takes most other African countries. With the amount of for ex the have save
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