Botswana

Student Introduction

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About Botswana

Botswana is a land-locked country dominated in geographical terms by the Kalahari Desert - a sand-filled basin averaging 1,100 metres above sea level. The country lies between longitudes 20 and 30 degrees east of Greenwich and between the latitudes 18 and 27 degrees approximately south of the Equator.

Neighboring countries:

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia

Lifestyle

  • Rich in culture, through traditional dance and music
  • Urban to modern lifestyle.
  • A big number of the Indian and Chinese community
  • Muslim community

Food

  • Beef being one of our biggest exports.
  • Local food e.g sorghum, maize meal, samp etc and traditional dishes.
  • Westin food.
  • Chinese and Indian food.

Climate

Botswana's climate is semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer season 'Pula', one of the most frequently heard words in Botswana, is not only the name of Botswana's currency but also the Setswana word for rain.

Seasons

  • The summer season begins in November and ends in March. It usually brings very high temperatures. However, summer is also the rainy season.
  • The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas, especially in the southwest.
  • The in-between periods - April/early May and September/October - still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter
  • The rainy season is in the summer, with October and April being transitional months. January and February are generally regarded as the peak months

Temprature

Summer days are hot, especially in the weeks that precede the coming of the cooling rains, and shade temperatures rise to the 38C mark and higher, reaching a intense 40C. Winters are clear-skied and bone-dry, the air is warm during the daylight hours, sometimes bitterly so - frost is common and small quantities of water can freeze.

Site seeing in Botswana

  • Botswana is one of the finest tourist destinations on the African continent.
  • The Okavango, which originates in the uplands of Angola to the northwest, flows into Botswana and then spreads over the sandy spaces of the Kalahari.
  • Makgadikgadi pans
  • The Kgalahari desert dunes.
  • Game reserves and national parks e.g. Moremi Game Park
  • Safari Lodges and wild camps.
  • 400 species of birds.

Accommodation

Student Services department to assist on accommodation students. Students to inform the department 3 weeks prior arrival

How to get to Botswana

  • Air: international students
  • Road: Botswana has a well-developed road network with easy acess to its neighbouring countries. The vast majority of the roads are tarmac. Gaborone is 360km from Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Main immigration entry points to Botswana

    • From Zimbabwe: Ramokgwebana, Kazungula and Pandamantenga
    • From Namibia: mamuni, Mohembo, and Ngoba Bridge.
    • From Zambia: Kazungula Ferry
    • From South Africa: Martins Drift (From Northern transaval), Tlokweng (from Johhanesburg), Ramatlabama (from Mafikeng)

    Banking: available international banks (to confirm specific ones for students)

    • FNB Bank
    • Standard charted
    • Barclays Bank

Living expenses

Below is a rough guide of Monthly Living Expenses for the students' reference. The figures given are estimates (in BWP) and may be subject to inflation.

Type of Expenses Monthly Expenses (BWP)
Accommodation BWP350 – BWP 500
Food BWP250
Transportation BWP150 - BWP200
Books and Materials BWP500
Entertainment BWP200
Total BWP1450 - BWP1750

Currency Rate

1 USD = 6.1 BWP