|Languages :||English (official), Setswana (national)|
|Currency :||Pula (BWP)|
|Time Zone :||Central African Time (+7hrs EST)|
|Capital City :||Gaborone|
|Population :||1.8 Million|
|Government :||Parliamentary Republic|
|Total Area :||224,606 mi²|
|Climate :||Semiarid; warm winters and hot summers|
|National Holidays:||Independence Day (Botswana Day), 30 September|
|Additional Info:||Tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves|
A relatively new venture for Botswana is the invitation of tourists into conserved national parks. Botswana has some of Africa's last great wildernesses including Okavango Delta, and the Kalahari Desert. Africa's strong sense of care for the natural is summed up in an expression you may hear frequently: "Care of the wild, care of the land, care of the people." Currently, most travelers interested in ecotourism in Botswana partake in an organized tour that can be a set schedule or custom created to suit the needs of a group.
Destinations include game drives, walks, and Mokoro Trips (the BaYei people, who came to the Okavango Delta many hundreds of years ago, brought with them their traditional mode of transport, the mokoro, a dug-out canoe made from a large straight tree such as a sausage tree or an ebony tree).
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