Botswana info


    • Full name: The Republic of Botswana
    • Population: 1.7 million (via UN, 2006)
    • Capital: Gaborone
    • Area: 581,730 sq km (224,607 sq miles), approx. the size of Texas
    • Major languages: English (official), Setswana
    • Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
    • Monetary unit: 1 Pula = 100 thebe
    • People: Botswana has an estimated population of 1.6 million; approximately 60% have Tswana origin.

Reading Suggestions for Botswana:

Reading good books about the areas you’re visiting tends to make your trip much fuller and more rewarding. As weight on light aircraft is limited, you might consider reading the thickest books before you leave for your trip!

The major country-specific guidebooks (i.e., Lonely Planet, Rough Guide) tend to offer a good overview of the country’s history. One of the best resources for travel books is Longitude Books ( They organize books by country/region, which makes it easy to see what is available.

Many books will give you insight into Botswana. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Longitude Site
  • The Delta by Tony Park. Exciting novel set in the Okavango Delta.
  • Lauren Van Der Post has written some very good books about the Bushman and the Kalahari. One of his most famous is The Lost World of the Kalahari.
  • Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens.
  • #1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. A series of very popular novels about a Tswani woman who becomes a detective in Botswana.