COUNTRY BACKGROUND

Botswana is often referred to as the ‘Red Heart of the Kalahari’, and this arid and landlocked country certainly rates as one of Africa’s success stories. A progressive and stable government has seen them proclaim more than a fifth of the country as conservation areas and as a result they are at the forefront of eco-tourism development in Africa.

Geographically, Botswana is similar in size to France, but with scarcely 2 million people living in the country. There’s not much that is ‘third-world’ about the economy, either; a wealth of diamonds and other minerals contribute to one of the highest per-capita incomes and most politically stable countries on the Mother Continent.

Despite their phenomenal growth rate and impressive infrastructure, Botswana still manages to retain an earthy and wild feel, positioning them to offer an unequalled, premium wilderness experience.

They boast the largest elephant population of any country on earth, and the Okavango Delta has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The arid Kalahari Basin covers 80% of the landmass, however, resulting in a semi-desert environment with high thunderstorm activity during summer. Up north, the Okavango River drains into a vast delta in Chobe National Park, where thousands of elephants, diverse wildlife and a prolific bird species count draw premium tourists from around the world.

Botswana was a British Protectorate (known as Bechuanaland) until 1966, but the gained independence under the democratically elected (and globally respected) Sir Seretse Khama. Although Setswana is the national language, English is widely spoken throughout.

ZONE 5 PROJECT

COMPANY: Khoemacau Copper Mining (Pty) Ltd
PROJECT FOCUS: Commodity – Copper
LOCATION: Maun, Botswana

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A4 PROJECT

COMPANY: Tshukudu Metals/Parent Company, Sandfire Resources (ASX listed: SFR)
PROJECT FOCUS: Commodity – Copper
LOCATION: Ghanzi, Botswana

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CUT 9 – DEEP HOLE DRILLING PROJECT

COMPANY: Debswana Diamond Company
PROJECT FOCUS: Commodity – Diamonds
LOCATION: Jwaneng Mine, Botswana

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BOTSWANA FACT SHEET

Population: 2.304 million

Health:  High Malaria, tick-bite fever and HIV risk. 

Exchange Rate: R1 = 0,78 Botswana Pula

Local Time:  Central African Time (CAT) / Greenwich Mean Time (+2 hours)

Crime:  Very safe by African standards, with occasional petty crime around major centres.

Capital City: Gaborone

Official Language: English and Setswana

Transport:  Major roads are tarred and in generally good condition, with a good rail network. Domestic and regional flights fly from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport near Gaborone

Climate:  Semi-arid, hot and dry much of the year; summer rainy season.

Currency:  Botswana pula

Dialing Code: +(267)

Entry Requirements:  Valid passport with minimum of two blank facing pages and valid for 6 months after date of return. SADEC citizens do not need a Visa.

Tourist Information:  www.botswanatourism.co.bw / Tel. +267 391 3111

SAY HELLO!

ENGLISH: Hello, how are you?
SETSWANA: Dumelang! Le kae?

DID YOU KNOW?

Botswana has the highest elephant population of any country on Planet Earth, with a 130 000 pachyderms roaming the savanna plains and wetland systems. The highest concentration of elephants (an estimated 120 000) can be found in Chobe National Park.