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Botswana- The Unspoiled Natural Country

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. It provides excellent adventure in safari and is perhaps one of the last few remaining places providing authentic adventure. It offers diverse and abundant wildlife experience. Stable democracy and good economic condition make it a favorite tourist destination.

Travelers to Botswana can choose from a variety of accommodation options luxury hotels, premium hotels, safari lodges and camps to budget hotels, guest houses and camping grounds. Major tourist destinations have public camping sites, youth hostels, lodges and safari camps. Hotels in Botswana also offer discounts during the festive season. The fares are flexible to cater to vast sections of public.

San were the earliest inhabitants of Botswana. Today Tswana is the major ethnic group of Botswana. They used to live as herders and farmers before the Europeans came in. In 19th century, a major conflict happened between Shona inhabitants of Botswana and Ndebele tribe migrating from the Kalahari Desert. Tension also started with Boer settlers of Transvaal.

Following the conflicts, the British took control of the Bechuanaland. The northern territory remained under Bechuanaland Protectorate while southern part was merged into South Africa. In June 1964, British gave self rule to Botswana. The seat of governance was transferred from South Africa to Gaborone in Botswana. In 1966, Botswana had its first elections and Seretse Khama was elected as the first President of Botswana.

Tourists Spots
Nature lovers from across the globe come to this beautiful landlocked country. The majority of tourists arrive here looking for the unspoiled beauty. Tsodilo hills have mystery side to it. It is an evidence of the Ancient human settlements of the San tribe of Botswana. Then there are the Kalahari deserts and the salt flatlands of the Makgadikgadi pans in the central and northern parts of Botswana.

Botswana has reserved 17% of its land for national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. It is the ideal place for adventure lovers. Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world. Chobe National Park is famous for its large elephant population. Other places for wildlife lovers are the Central Kalahari Game reserve and Gemsbok National Park. Botswana Tourist Board guides the tourists as well.

Transport Facilities
Despite the fact that most of Botswana is an arid country, well paved, all weather roads connect all tourist destinations and major cities. The railways in Botswana connect major cities of Botswana and other adjoining countries as well. The coaches being air conditioned make the journey very comfortable. Public transport is limited in Botswana. Tourists can hire cars to travel to the interiors. Government approved travel agencies offer safari and wildlife packages.

Pula is the currency of Botswana. It is further divided in 100 Thebe. Pula remains one of the strongest currencies in Africa. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 thebe and 1 pula. 1 USD is equivalent to 6.9 Pula. Financial news can provide the latest exchange rates. 

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