The Republic of Botswana (Tswana: Lefatshe la Botswana) is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Citizens of Botswana are called "Batswana" (singular: Motswana), regardless of ethnicity. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. It meets Zambia at a single point.
At 231,788 mi² (600,370 km²), Botswana is the world's 45th-largest country (after Ukraine). It is comparable in size to Madagascar, and it is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Texas. It is predominantly flat, tending toward gently rolling tableland. Botswana is dominated by the Kalahari Desert, which covers up to 70% of its land surface. The Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta, is in the northwest. The Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt pan, lies in the north.
Botswana’s main airport is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport situated 15km from the capital of Gaborone, which has banks, a post office and limited duty free shopping. Other airports receiving international flights include Francistown, Selebi-Phikwe, Maun and Kasane.
Top Botswana Destinations
Okavango Delta - world's largest inland delta
Chobe National Park – large concentrations of game
Makgadikgadi Pans – world's largest salt pan
Maun – tourism capital of Botswana
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