Feb 23, 2009
Aug 22, 2009
Where I stayed
The language spoken in Botswana is Setswana and the currency is the Pula (divided into 100 Thebe).
After a long drive, we were delighted to have a hot meal waiting for us at the camp site. We all got dolled up in our 'fancy' dresses from the market in Rundu and had a classy meal of chicken, cabbage and more!
The border crossing into Botswana was also quite simple! A few statistics about Botswana: they were granted independence peacefully from Britain in 1966. The year after they discovered diamonds in the country (I bet that the Brits were bummed!). Around British independence, Botswana had a very low GDP and education rates were paltry. Since the discovery of diamonds, the country has radically transformed and is now one of Africa's prime examples of success. Another positive factor is that Botswana is formed primarily of one ethnic group, the Batswana and thus the country suffers less from ethnic strife than many of its' neighbours. However there are still large problems, one of the worst being the AIDs crisis. It is stated that one in 3 people in the country have aids. The Botswanan government appears to be tackling this issue, so it would be interesting to return in 10 years and witness the improvements made in this area.