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2 Botswana By: Dara Sturges, Gabby Krieble, Candice Park, and Andy Landschulz

3 Geography Location: Southern Africa, North of South Africa (slightly smaller than Texas) Capital City: Gaborone Climate: semi-arid; warm winters, hot summers Population: 1,842,323 Terrain: mostly flat, Kalahari Desert in southwest

4 Government Parliamentary Republic No clear cut branches President of Botswana is both head of state and head of government President: Seretse Khama Ian Khama Vice President: Mompati Sebogodi Merafhe Botswana is the least corrupt country in Africa.

5 Medical Issues In Botswana Malaria Malaria-infectious disease caused by protozoan parasites Found in all areas except for the Southern Kalahari Desert Measles Measles- a disease caused by a virus which is marked by red spots followed by a rash One year olds being injected with anitgen or serum containing antibodies AIDS Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi

6 Currency Pula (BWP) 1 US Dollar = 8.23221 Pula Pula literally means "rain" in Setswana Coins: 5, 10, 25, 50 thebe Bills: 1, 2, 5 pula Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, and 100 pula Total cost of trip: 77336.83827 Pula

7 Religion Religious freedom is protected under the constitution. Religions:72% Christian, 6% Badimo, 2% Other,20% None Although the CIA Factbook states that 6 percent of Botswanas are of the religion Badimo, many of Botswana follow at least some of the traditions deemed Badimo Plays a crucial role in unifying people of Botswana based on peace and harmony

8 Important Structures The Moremi Game Reserve One of Africa's best reserves (left almost untouched) Ecosystems: mopane woodland, acacia forests, floodplains, and lagoons Only place in Botswana where you can find elephant, both species of rhinocerous, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah, wildog, hyaena, antelope, kudu, and red lechwe all together Jwaneng Mine Richest diamond mine in the world About 110 miles West of Gaborone Produces 9.3 million tons of ore and 37 million tons of waste rock In 2003: produced 14.3 million carats of diamond

9 The Moremi Game Reserve Jwaneng Mine

10 Education High elementary completion rate Learn Setswana, then English (both official languages of Botswana) Equal rights to education Literacy Rate: definition: age 15 and over can read and write total population: 81.2%

11 Homes Traditional houses: made from straw, mud, and other resources found through nature Modern homes: cone shaped tops, some built with brick walls

12 Natural Resources Include: diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver Renewable Water Resources-14.7 cu km

13 Clothing Women Wear patchwork dresses Rural women wear a wrap over their dresses to protect them from dirt Urban women wear dresses or skirts Men Urban Men typically wear business suits Western dress is common Country men usually do not wear shirts Both genders typically have short hair

14 Clothing Pictures

15 Customs Greetings: To show respect: one shakes with the right hand while supporting one's elbow with the left hand Slight head bow may be added to lower one's eye level below an elder. Gestures: Use a variety of gestures to say "no," "no thanks," or that something is all gone It is impolite to walk through 2 people in a conversation. Respect to elders: done by looking at the ground instead of looking them in the eye

16 Botswana Traditions/Music Music: Folk Music Tswana music is mostly vocal and performed without drums Hip hop Botswana hip hop crews include The Wizards, a crew that fuses hip hop with R&B

17 Food Beef is popular (also lamb, mutton, and chicken) Main crops: sorghum and maize Breakfast and Lunch: Tea with mageu or fat cakes Men slaughter cattle for special occasions

18 Entertainment/Art Folk artists make basketry and pottery Women use drums to provide a beat for traditional dancing. Jewelry-silver, beads, and animal hair are often used Most popular sport: football (soccer) Other popular sports: cricket, tennis, rugby union, softball, and volleyball

19 Famous Literature Figures Unity Dow: Famous Judge Norman Rush: Peace Corps Director Alexander McCall Smith: Botswana mystery novel writer

20 Itinerary Day 1 and 2- Safari at Selinda Campsite Day 3- Local Cricket Match; Birdwatching Day 4- Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safari Day 5- Khama Rhino Sanctuary Day 6- Shopping at Mowana Shopping Center in Phakalane Day 7- Swanepoel and Scandrol African Trophy Hunting Day 8- Visit Schools and Churches Day 9- Mokoro Trails With Liscensed Poler and Concession Day 10- Maitisong Festival

21 Highlights From Our Trip

22 Souvenirs…

23 Works Cited Central Intelligence Agency: The World Factbook. 10 February 2009. Central Intelligence Agency. 19 February 2009. world-factbook/geos/bc.html

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