October 21, 2015

3 Interesting Facts About Botswana

Our very first adventure took us to Botswana, a beautiful country located in South Africa with more than 2 million residents. Here are some of the fun and interesting facts that we learned.

3 Interesting Facts About Botswana

Interesting Facts about Botswana

1. Elephants

In South Africa, Botswana has the largest elephant population and the average African elephant lives to be about 56 years old. Did you know elephants that live out in the wild live longer than elephants that live at zoos? The average age for an African elephant in a zoo is only 17 years. That’s quite the difference and lots of food for thought.

2. English

English is the “official” language of Botswana and is taught in all the schools and spoken in tourist areas. However, Setswana is the national language and the most spoken language throughout the country.

3. Diamond Mine

Before Botswana because an independent country, it was controlled by the British government and one of the poorest and least developed countries in Africa.

Once it gained its independence, a huge diamond mine was found in Orapa and Botswana is now one of the most prosperous countries in Africa. Eco-tourism is also a fast growing sector of Botswana’s economy. Each year, the government invests a large portion of the budget in education.

Do you know any interesting facts about Botswana or Africa? Share in the comments!