Did You Know: Botswana?

Today we take a trip down south to the land of Gumba-gumba. If Diamonds are just coals that survived pressure, then Botswana is the pearl of Africa (sorry Uganda, you still have bananas though).

  1. Botswana’s official language is English but the national language is Setswana
  2. Botswana is Africa’s longest surviving democracy. They have a meeting place where the villagers meet to discuss matters of importance known as Kgotla which is known as their tribal court.
  3. Botswana’s president, Ian Khama was the son of Botswana’s first ever president Sir Seretse Khama and first lady Ruth Williams. He was born and brought up in England.
  4. Pula is the currency of Botswana which is also the Setswana word for rain.
  5. Barswana is the plural term for people living there. Motswana is the singular term.
  6. Okavanga delta is the largest inland delta in the world.
  7. The border between Botswana and Zambia is only 150m.This is the shortest border in the world.
  8. The Batswana refer to foreigners as “lekgoa” which was originally translatable to “spat out by the sea”
  9. Botswana is the world’s richest diamond mine, biggest diamond production country in terms of value and the 2nd biggest in terms of production. The Jwaneng diamond mine which is known as a place of small stones is located in the Southern Botswana.
  10. Makgadigadi pans are of the largest salt pan areas in the world. The climate around the area is harsh and little rain. When it rains, the pan can change into a blue lake where animals like Flamingos come to visit.
  11. Indigenous Botswana music is predominantly vocal accompanied by a clapping of hands to produce a muffled rhythmic sound at heart-beat pace
  12. Folk Music is the toast of Botswana music. The music is expressive with lyrics commenting more on the family, relationships and tradition.