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Botswana

Botswana

Etymology

“Country of the Tswana” in Setswana, after the country’s dominant ethnic group. The etymology of “Tswana” is uncertain. Livingstone derived it from the Setswana tshwana (“alike”, “equal”), others from a word for “free”. However, other early sources suggest that while the Tswana adopted the name, it was an exonym they learned from the Germans and British. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Campers Lounge – This is a Shisanyama spot based in extension 10, providing lounge music that is deep, tech and soulful house, the best pork, beef pap and chakalaka providers. [facebook]

Gaborone- Massive Wealth Creation with Bitcoin – This is a group for anyone interested in mining Bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash and other cryptocurrencies. We discuss and present opportunities and strategies on cryptocurrency mining, protecting your income, increasing cash flow, asset appreciation (S9 antminers), growing your residual income and hedging with these Crytocurrencies and massive wealth creation opportunities with Bitcoin and Ethereum Mining and other cryptocurrencies. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Afro Romance – Are you getting tired to the types of singles you are meeting throughout Botswana? Want to line up a meeting with someone you know you’ll like? Browse the profiles available at AfroRomance today. If you are looking for all different kinds of relationships, so you can find someone completely compatible and attractive to you online at AfroRomance, we have just what it is you are looking for. [afro romance]

Lava Place – Botswana Dating Site, Botswana Singles Site, Botswana Personals Site. [lava place]

Mingle2 – Mingle2.com is a 100% Botswana Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Botswana men and Botswana women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. [mingle2]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

African Bush Camps – The Footsteps Across the Linyanti in the Chobe Enclave exposes you to the heartbeat of Africa, a one of its kind opportunity to experience the best of this spectacular continent on foot. On arrival at Saile Private Airstrip, guests are met by their guide. Their luggage is then taken ahead by vehicle to the camp and guests immediately begin the first day of their walking safari. [african bush camps]

Audley Travel – A wonderful way to the wildlife in Botswana is on foot, varying from a gentle morning ramble to two or three-day hikes. Walking safari were pioneered in Africa in the 1960s, and they’re still the best way of getting really up close and personal to nature. You also get a completely different perspective when on foot, seeing many of the smaller things that you can’t easily pick out from a vehicle. [audley travel]

Backroads – There’s no other Africa trip like this. And you know it when you’re eye-to-eye with a giraffe—from the seat of your bike, on foot or in an open-top 4×4. It’s more than you can imagine and everything you expect: premiere lodges, untamed landscapes and once-in-a-lifetime cycling and hiking—all seamlessly connected by our private charter flights. [backroads]

Expert Africa – Botswana isn’t well known for walking safaris. This stems primarily from the lack of strong national guiding standards for walking safari guides. The result is that there are only a few camps that we recommend for walking safaris – ones where we know that the owners focus on high-quality guiding for walking safaris. [expert africa]

Ker & Downey Botswana – At Footsteps Across The Delta (walking safari) you enter one of the great, untamed regions of Africa: the spectacular Okavango Delta. Experience the astonishing contrasts created when the mighty Okavango River flows into the arid Kalahari Desert – the result is a variety of habitats, riverine forest, palm islands, permanent swamps and dry sandveld all with an unparalleled wealth of animal diversity. [ker downey botswana]

Okavango Delta Explorations – Along with its riding safaris Ride and Walk Botswana offer walking safaris the Selinda Reserve that encompass tracking, searching for specific game, bird watching as well as detailed study of flora and fauna. Small groups are accompanied by an armed, professional guide who will tailor activities to specific areas of interest. Mekoro and boat trips are also available. [okavango delta]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

A roadtrip across Botswana – There are many more things to do in terms of safari and wilderness experiences in Botswana, but a roadtrip across the country can often be just as fueled with adventure and a variety of unique experiences. [things to do everywhere]

Chobe National Park – Next to the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the town of Kasane in the northeast corner of Botswana is renowned for some fascinating things to do and it offers unrivalled safari options in what can often appear as a microcosm of Africa. [things to do everywhere]

Makgadikgadi Pans – One of the largest salt pans in the world, Makgadikgadi was once a lake covering an enormous 10,000km² of North Eastern Botswana, although for thousands of years since it has been the same dry and inhospitable terrain it is today. [things to do everywhere]

The Okavango Delta – Guided by a professional Poler, your mission for the next few hours is to lie back in the canoe and drink in the scenery as you glide amongst the waterways, brushing past overgrown reeds while you keep a lookout for nearby hippo, lion, hyena, elephant or the many other animals who make the delta their home. [things to do everywhere]

Tsodilo Hills – Little known and less visited than most parts of the country, Tsodilo Hills is located in an isolated pocket of Botswana to the west of the Okavango Delta and close to the Namibian border. [things to do everywhere]

Festivals

Festivals

Botswana Day – The Batswana are proud of the advances their country has made since independence, happily hitting the streets in celebration every year on September 30. Traditional events, street parties and parades are the order of this important day. [iexplore]

Festive Season – Most Batswana follow the Christian religion, and Christmas is a great time to visit as it’s a major holiday here. Seasonal events take place across the region and local choirs sing their hearts out in iconic African style at carol concerts. Western-style restaurants and pubs offer Christmas dinners and everyone gets together to celebrate. [iexplore]

Kuru Dance Festival – This unique event takes place every August on the only Bushman-owned game farm in Botswana. The Dqae Game Farm lies in the Kalahari Desert close to D’Kar and comes alive with traditional dance and music for three days. [iexplore]

Maitisong Festival – Gaborone’s major festival takes place in March, and is a performing arts cornucopia of traditional music, dance and theater held all over the city and its suburbs. The event lasts for nine full days and sees the entire population take to the streets in carnival mode. [iexplore]

Maun Festival – Traditional poetry, music and dance are the hallmarks of the Maun Festival, held over a two-day period in April. The visual arts also have their place in this celebration, which is held for the benefit of local schools, as well as honoring northwestern Botswana’s rich tribal culture. [iexplore]

New Year’s Day – As in the rest of the world, the arrival of each new year is a Botswana holiday celebrated with street parties, dances, traditional music, and inordinate amounts of food and drink. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are great times to celebrate another year of life. [iexplore]

President’s Day – Botswana’s President’s Day in July is a four-day national holiday across the country and sees inhabitants returning to their home villages for celebrations including speeches, traditional dance and singing. [iexplore]

Tjilenje Cultural Festival – This festival takes place in May and is held in Botswana’s northeastern regional town of Nlapkhwane. Totally traditional, the event involves ancient games, dances and stalls crammed with local food and drink. [iexplore]

Toyota 1000 Desert Race – A must-see for fans of off-road motor sport races, this thrilling annual June event involves quads, bikes and cars, with 25 spectator areas set around the country. [iexplore]

World Wetlands Day – This February event is popular across the country for its focus on environmental, conservation and tree-planting, as well as a Wetlands March. There’s great concern in Botswana over the protection of its wildlife and unique environment. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – Self-drive in Botswana is admittedly the adventure of a lifetime, but requires a lot of planning and even more time. Distances between attractions are vast and, dependent on weather conditions, a 4WD fully-equipped for camping is the only way to go. Travel permits are needed, and car rental is only allowed for those over 25. Home drivers’ licenses provide coverage for six months and, given the chance of a close encounter with the local wildlife, full insurance is a necessity. Car rental is a pricey option though, much more expensive than covering the same ground via an all-inclusive tour package. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – All domestic rail routes were cancelled in 2009, leaving buses the only public transport option for traveling between major towns. Seabalo is the largest of several bus companies, and runs regular long-distance services from Gaborone to all the bigger cities. Bus travel isn’t expensive, but involves long journeys in transport which may not have air conditioning or reclining seats. Minibuses also serve the more built–up areas. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Airconditioning & Refrigeration Professionals Botswana – A platform for Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Professionals to exchange ideas and solutions. [facebook]

Botswana Hospitality Professionals Association – To bring together practicing and qualified hospitality professionals from the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Botswana to share industry information. [facebook]

Rotaract for Young Professionals Club- Botswana – We are about Volunteerism, Community Development, Youth Empowerment and Professional Growth. Join in and lets become positive Rotaractors. [facebook]

WordPress Gaborone Meetup – We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

African-European Culture Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in creating a bridge that connects Africa with Europe. All skills levels are welcome. I started this group because to meet other global enthusiasts that want to explore what unites us instead of what separe us. Looking forward to sharing ideas with everybody. [meetup]

Living in Botswana – Botswana is a peaceful landlocked country and one of Africa’s exclusive safari destinations. Expats take a trip out in this vast country to bask in its scenic routes and unpaved wonders. Its rich resources are also a magnet for expat investors. Here’s our handy guide to help you get to know your next destination. [expat woman]

Living in Botswana- Expat – Located in Southern Africa, Botswana is a peaceful landlocked country offering a promising expat experience. Its recent fast economic growth has attracted lots of foreign investors, also seduced by an incentive tax system. The country is renowned for its transparency regarding these investments which contributed to make Botswana a steady and interesting destination for expatriates. [expat]

Your Expat Community in Botswana – Dumela, o amogetswe and a very warm welcome to our expat community in Botswana! The global InterNations platform is here to guide you through all the potential obstacles of moving to a foreign land, with as little hassle as possible. There are no doubt many questions running through your mind, such as, “which is the best area to live in?” or “how does the healthcare system work in Botswana?” [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LeGaBiBo – LeGaBiBo’s objectives, as an LGBT organization, are: to promote a non-discriminatory legal framework for LGBT community to create a community that is educated and sensitized on LGBT issues to recognize same-sex relationships for the purpose of: acc. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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