Celebrating Botswana – 11 Quick Facts About Botswana – Part 1

September is a very important month in the history of Botswana, I call it Botswana Month. On the 30th September 1966 Botswana took its independence from Britain, something worth celebrating indeed.

This year the country will be celebrating 50 years of independence, such a huge milestone, and it has gone all out and when I say all out, I really mean ALL OUT. Hundred millions of pulas have been invested in the celebration and even hashtagging BOT50 (Botswana 50).

On my end, I have taken it upon myself to celebrate my country too, I have vowed to take pictures of myself in colours of Botswana flag (Blue Black & White) and share a few facts about BOTSWANA for the next 30 days.

As at Sunday when I compiled this, I was on day 11, therefore I will share 11 facts about Botswana.


Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa bordering Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with a population of approximately 2 million as at 2013.


Country: Botswana

Language: Setswana

Nationality: Motswana (singular) Batswana (Plural)

Capital city: Gaborone

NB: English is the official language. There is nothing like Botswananian its Motswana or Batswana


Botswana won its first commonwealth Gold medal in 2010 through Amantle Montsho a 400m runner and its first Olympic Medal through Nijel Amos in the 800m, he snatched the Silver.


The Botswana flag was officially adopted on September 30, 1966. The colours on the flag correspond to those on the national coat of arms. The BLUE represents water, the white-black-white bands depict the racial harmony of the people as well as the pluralist nature of the society. – World Atlas


At the time of independence in 1966, Botswana was a member of the Rand Monetary Area (RMA) and the South African rand served as the national currency. On the 6th of September 1974, Botswana withdrew from the RMA and adopted its own currency, Pula (meaning ‘rain’ or ‘blessings’) as the basic unit made up of 100 thebe (‘shield’) – Bank of Botswana


Botswana has one of Africa’s most competitive and advanced banking systems. Generally adhering to global standards in the transparency of financial policies and banking supervision, the financial sector provides ample access to credit for entrepreneurs – Africa.com


Botswana is home to the Okavango Delta in the northwest of the country – one of the largest inland deltas in the world, spanning 17,000km2 – an area almost the size of Wales. The Okavango Delta became the 1000th inscribed site on the World Heritage List of Unesco on the 22nd of June 2014” – Unesco


Botswana is also a home of The Makgadikgadi pans, one of the largest salt pan areas in the world, stretching over an area of 12.000 km2 -the size of Portugal. It forms part of the Kalahari Basin. – Botswana Tourism


Botswana is a wealthy country by African standards. It contains extensive mineral resources such as the Jwaneng Diamond Mine, the richest in the world, which was found when termites pushed specks of diamond to the surface. – Activity Village


Gaborone (Capital City) was built from scratch starting in 1964, when the capital of Bechuanaland was moved from Mafikeng (in present day South Africa) to Gaborone. Most of the city was built within three years. – Wikipedia


 The world’s second-biggest gem quality diamond ever recovered was mined in Botswana, the gem is called Lesedi La Rona – meaning Our Light. It is the largest diamond in more than a century 


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