Africa- Botswana

Botswana is a land-locked country situated in southern Africa. It borders South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  It’s, roughly,the same size as France although, while France has a population of about 65 million, Botswana has a population of less than 2 million.  Most of Botswana is the Kalahari desert, home to the indigenous (aka fucked around with) bushman hunter-gatherers but is too dry to sustain most agriculture.

According to the Botswana tourism website the country, ‘offers that vital link so keenly felt by inhabitants of the developed world, a pervasive void we feel but often cannot name – our connectedness with Nature and the astonishing diversity of plants and animals to be explored.’

Basically, it seems to offer safari holidays.

In 1885, 20 years after gold was discovered, the country was enveloped into the British Empire as a British protectorate named Bechuanaland.  On the 30th September 1960 the country was granted independence and officially became the Republic of Botswana.  So what we’re saying here was that British Empire clung onto life far longer than any of us would like to believe.

Since then, the country has made developmental gains in economic growth, political stability, a rise in life expectancy, and the establishment of functioning public educational and health care systems. A major issue remains the high rate of HIV, although the country has free medication and one of the most-advanced treatment programmes in Africa about 1/3 adults are infected.

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