Botswana

Campsites in Botswana

Botswana is found in the southern part of Africa and borders Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nambia and Zambia.

The shortest border in the world is between Botswana and Zambia, it is 150m.  Because it is separated by the Zambezi River you have to cross it via the Kazungula Ferry.

This is probably the only place in the world where cellular signal can be picked up from 4 countries in one place. It is believed to have 2 separate trijunctions about 150m apart.

Although 80% of Botswana’s landscape is covered by the Kalahari Desert 38% is dedicated to National Parks, reserves and wildlife management areas.

In the middle of the Kalahari Desert lies the Okavango Delta.   This beautiful oasis is the largest inland delta in the world as it’s water flows from the highlands of Angola all the way to the Kalahari Desert.

One of the largest salt pans in the world is The Makgadigadi pan.  It spans over 12000km2 where the climate is harsh, very hot with little rain.  However, after the rains the pan changes into a blue lake attracting many animals including flamingos.

The African elephants of Botswana mainly inhabit the Chobe National Park.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of the the wild bush in a camp site in the Park.

The diamond industry counts for nearly half the governments value.  As a result every child in Botswana receives free education up to the age of 13.

English is the official language taught at schools and widely spoken in all urban and some rural areas.
Setswana is the national language.

Find a camp site and experience Africa at it’s best.

Climate

For much of the year the climate is semi-arid, hot and dry however the rainy season falls within the summer months. Despite this, rainfall can be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional.
The best time to visit Botswana’s most popular parks, The Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe is from May to September.  This is the winter months when temperatures are moderate.  However, The Okavango is flooded from June to October.

Roads

The cities main roads are tarred.  All other roads require 4×4 vehicles.  During the rainy season the roads in the parks become small dams.  A 4×4 vehicle is a must!

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