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Botswana

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Botswana

Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. Four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

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Botswana is a land-locked country located in Southern Africa and bordering on Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. The economy, one of the most robust on the continent, is dominated by diamond mining and tourism. Botswana is famous for its wildlife, areas like the Chobe National Park, Moremi National Park in the Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve have a very high concentration of game. The bulk of the Kalahari desert falls within Botswana's borders and Botswana is home to most of the world's San (bushman) population.

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BotswanaNgoma Safari Lodge 

Chobe Forest Reserve
Ngoma
Botswana

Price (US$): $990 - $991 / night

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Location. Ngoma Safari Lodge is located in Ngoma. Property Features. Ngoma Safari Lodge features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. The lodge serves a complimentary full breakfast each morning in the dining room. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Additional property amenities include tour/ticket assistance and coffee in the lobby. Guestrooms. 8 air conditioned guestrooms at Ngoma Safari Lodge feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Rooms are all accessible via exterior corridors.… more »

BotswanaPhakalane Golf Estate Hotel 

Plot 61238
Phakalane Golf Estate
Gaborone 0267
Botswana

Price (US$): $291 - $291 / night

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Location. Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel is located in Gaborone and near the airport. Botswana National Stadium, University of Botswana, and National Museum are regional attractionsRegional points of interest also include Game City Mall. Hotel Features. Dining options at Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel include 3 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply).… more »

BotswanaPeermont Walmont - Gaborone 

Bonnington Farm, Molepolole Road
Gaborone
Botswana

Price (US$): $190 - $253 / night

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Location. Peermont Walmont Gaborone is located in Gaborone, close to National Museum. Additional area points of interest include Game City Mall and Botswana National Stadium. Hotel Features. Peermont Walmont Gaborone features 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a steam room. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. This Gaborone property has event space… more »

BotswanaCRESTA PRESIDENT HOTEL 

BOTSWANA ROAD
GABORONE BW-267
Botswana

Price (US$): $238 - $463 / night

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In the heart of Gaborone, you will discover the President Hotel, the first built accommodation of its type in Botswana. Whether itÂ’s sealing the deal using the highly functional conference facilities or getting that all important nightÂ’s rest in the luxurious rooms, Cresta President covers each businessmanÂ’s needs. It also boasts a range of delicious cuisine and an all accommodating staff that could be mistaken for friends. Relax on the terrace in the evening or unwind with a… more »

BotswanaCRESTA MARANG GARDENS 

OLD GABORONE ROAD
FRANCISTOWN
Botswana

Price (US$): $196 - $204 / night

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HOTELYEAR BUILT 1980 YEAR REMODELED 1980NEW HOTEL OPENING DATE, 2011ADDITIONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION A MERE 5 MINUTES OUTSIDE OF FRANCISTOWN, LOCATED ON THE BANKS OF THE TATI RIVER IS THE CHARMING CRESTA MARANG GARDENS. THIS 105 ROOMED FACILILTY IS THE IDEAL SETTING FOR RELAXATION BUT ALSO ENSURES A PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS FEEL WITH MORE THAN ADEQUATE CONFERENCE FACILITIES. AN ALWAYS FRIENDLY STAFF, COMFORTABLE AIR CONDITIONED BEDROOMS AND SUMPTUOUS A LA CARTE AND BUFFET MENUS, MARANG GARDENS… more »

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Botswana

Full name
Republic of Botswana
Capital
Gaborone
Location

Southern Africa, north of South Africa

Geographic coordinates

22 00 S, 24 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Texas

Border countries

Namibia 1,360 km, South Africa 1,840 km, Zimbabwe 813 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

semiarid; warm winters and hot summers

Terrain

predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest

Lowest point

junction of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers 513 m

Highest point

Tsodilo Hills 1,489 m

Natural resources

diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver

Population

2,029,307

Ethnic groups

Tswana (or Setswana) 79%, Kalanga 11%, Basarwa 3%, other, including Kgalagadi and white 7%

Religions

Christian 71.6%, Badimo 6%, other 1.4%, unspecified 0.4%, none 20.6% (2001 census)

Languages

Setswana 78.2%, Kalanga 7.9%, Sekgalagadi 2.8%, English 2.1% (official), other 8.6%, unspecified 0.4% (2001 census)

Government type

parliamentary republic

Independence

30 September 1966 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day (Botswana Day), 30 September (1966)

Chief of state

President Seretse Khama Ian KHAMA (since 1 April 2008); Vice President Mompati MERAFHE (since 1 April 2008); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Seretse Khama Ian KHAMA (since 1 April 2008); Vice President Mompati MERAFHE (since 1 April 2008)

Internet country code

.bw

Internet users

120,000 (2009)

Airports

78 (2010)

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