Welcome to Botswana
Geography of Botswana
The Okavango Delta is a river delta usually leads to the open sea. But in Botswana the Okavango River empties onto open land and floods the savannah.
1867- European miners begin mining in Botswana
1967- Diamonds were discovered at Opra
1996- Independence in Great Britain
1997- President Ketumile Massire retired after 17 years of service
1999- The country suffered it's first budget deflict in 16 years.
Culture of Botswana
Government of Botswana
Botswana is a republic headed by a president. The National Assembly, the country's chief legislative body, elects the president to a five-year term. Assembly elections must be held at least once every five years. Citizens who are at least 18 years old may vote. The president selects a cabinet from the National Assembly. The House of Chiefs, made up of the leaders of the nation's major ethnic groups, advises the government on matters on ethnicity. Botswana has several political parties. The Botswana Democratic Party is the most powerful.
Economy of Botswana
Botswana has a stronger economy than most African nations. Since the late 1960's, the country's economy has developed rapidly. Diamond mining is Botswana's leading industry, and Botswana is one of the world's largest diamond producers. Botswana also mines coal, copper, gold, salt, and soda ash. More than a fourth of all Botswana's workers are farmers. Cattle, which are raised for both beef and milk, are the leading agricultural product. Farmers also raise chickens, goats, and sheep. Botswana's leading crops include beans, corn, sorghum, and sunflowers.
Top 5 places I would like to visit
- Gemsbok National Park
- Khana Rhino Sanctuary
- Mokolodi Nature Reserve
- Tswapong Hills
- Matsieng Footprints