8 Interesting Facts About Botswana

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The land of Botswana is situated in the southern portion of Africa. In the north of South Africa, it is called the Cape of Good Hope. Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia are its other neighbours.

An intriguing nation to visit, Botswana has a lot to offer to any tourist seeking adventure and a thrilling experience. If these Botswana facts aroused your curiosity, you might want to add them to your travel bucket list! Botswana shares its northern border with Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.

Quadripoints are points where 4 nations meet. Zambia and Botswana share no land boundary but are divided by the Zambezi River, therefore two trijunctions (points where three nations meet) are thought to be located around 150 meters apart. This is a natural wonder as Cellular signals from four nations may be picked up in one spot!

Botswana is also a country best known for its quality production of Diamonds. But what other interesting fact about Botswana present to everyone? Read to find out more!

 

  • Botswana holds one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa

Located in the heart of the country is the Okavango Delta. This area was formed by the Okavango River in a tectonic Desert in the country. It is located in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana. The Okavango Delta was formed by the Okavango River in a tectonic trough in the Sahara Desert.

The delta is home to a wide variety of species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. In addition to being one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, the Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

  • One of the largest Diamond Producers in the world

When it comes to diamonds, Botswana is one of the major players in the industry. There is a high chance 2 out of every 10 diamonds out there came from one of Botswana’s mines.

In the globe, Botswana is the second-largest diamond producer in terms of output. There was a 40 million carat production in 2016 alone!

Considering value, Botswana is the world’s largest diamond-producing country. In terms of output, Botswana ranks second. About 17.7 percent of the world’s total diamond output comes from these countries.

Most diamonds in the country are produced by one of Botswana largest mining companies called Debswana, which is a 50/50 joint venture between DeBeers and the Botswana government.

 

  • The Kalahari Desert covers over 70% of the country

3,000 feet (900 meters) or more above sea level, the Kalahari Desert is a featureless, gradually sloping, sand-covered plain. Botswana’s climate is primarily dry, a semi-arid atmosphere due to the encroachment of the desert. The Kalahari Desert occupies more than 70 percent of Botswana’s entire land area.

An intriguing Kalahari Desert fact is that though it is a semi-arid place, it still receives a large amount of rainfall, roughly 5 to 10 inches a year!

 

  • Holds Africa’s record for the highest Concentration of Elephants

More than 130,000 elephants live in Botswana alone!. Considering the size of the country, this can be considered the highest concentration of elephants in Africa!

Botswana is home to a wide variety of animals. Due to its large mass of protected land and reserves, diverse wildlife in the country thrive, with an increase in the numbers of species once considered endangered.

A total of more than 200 reptiles and amphibians may be found in the nation, which is home to over 150 different kinds of mammals (including the Big Five).

 

  • Botswana Is Africa’s Oldest Continuous Democracy

Formerly known as Bechuanaland, Botswana was a protectorate of Great Britain. On September 30, 1966, Botswana gained its independence. Africa’s longest surviving democracy, Botswana has a long history of free and fair elections.

 

  • Botswana’s Currency Literally translates to “Rain”

The pula is Botswana’s currency. In the native Setswana language, pula means “rain.” The vast majority of Botswana is arid, thus rain is an uncommon occurrence. This has made rainfall a celebrated occurrence among locals, with its relevance stressed throughout the country.

 

  • A World record Salt Pan

The Makgadikgadi Pan is one of the biggest salt flats in the world. Once covering an area bigger than some countries, Makgadikgadi Lake used to be an enormous water body in the region. However, the lake dried up thousands of years ago, leaving behind the Makgadikgadi salt pan.

With an area of approximately 30 000 km2, this is the biggest salt pan in the world. It was also the largest inland sea in history.

Natural salt pans or salt flats are flat expanses of ground covered with salt and other minerals, usually shining white under the sun. They are found in deserts and are natural formations.

 

 

  •  A strange delicacy

Fancy eating a worm? Well, the people of Botswana and Zimbabwe consider a specific worm an outstanding delicacy that should be enjoyed!

A popular source of protein in Southern Africa, mopane worms are known as ‘amancimbi’ in Ndebele and “madoro” in Shona. While they are popularly known as worms, they are actually caterpillars from an Emperor moth called ‘Gonimbrasia Belina’.

Known only in southern Africa, the mopane caterpillar feeds on the leaves of mopane trees after hatching in the summer, hence where it got its name from.


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