REPUBLIC of BOTSWANA Conventional short form: Botswana Country calling code: +267 Capital City: Gaborone (pronounced ha-bo-ro-neh), Currency: Pula (Visa; MasterCard, GBP, USD, EURO widely accepted) Visa: Most commonwealth countries do not require a Visa for Botswana. For those countries which require visas, such visa must be acquired prior to travel. No visas are issued at ports of entry. Other Cities: Francistown , Selebi-Phikwe, Molepolole, Serowe, Mahalapye, Lobatse, Maun, Mochudi. Government: Type: Republic, parliamentary democracy. Independence: 30 September 1966 (from UK). Geography: Location: Southern Africa, north of South Africa. Area: 582,000 km² (224,710 sq. mi.) Terrain: Desert and savanna, predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest. Climate: Mostly subtropical, warm winters and hot summers. People: Nationality: Motswana (sing.), Batswana (pl.). Population: 2.2 million (2016) Ethnic groups: Tswana (or Setswana) 79%; Kalanga 11%; Kgalagadi, Herero, Bayeyi, Himbukush, Basarwa ("Bushmen"), Khoi ("Hottentots"), whites 10%. Religions: Christianity 60%, indigenous beliefs 40%. Languages: English (official), Setswana, Ikalanga. Literacy: 68.9%. Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver. Agriculture products: Livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts. Exports - commodities: Diamonds, copper, nickel, soda ash, meat, textiles Exports partners: United Kingdom 85.8%, Zimbabwe 2.6%, USA 0.2% (2001) Tourism in Botswana In the words of the Botswana Tourism Organisation, ‘Botswana is widely regarded as having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With a full 38 percent of its total land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas - for the most part unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free - travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland’ Northern Botswana The north is dominated by the world’s largest inland delta – the Okavango Delta which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. With Maun as its gateway town, the Okavango Delta is serviced by what must be Africa’s most efficient fleet of island hopping bush planes piloted by a rare breed of young men and women with a passion for the vast wetland. Home to a myriad of animal and birds species, the Okavango is best visited between the months of May and August when local polers delight in helping you navigate the intricate channels on dug-out canoes called Mokoro. The felines of the Okavango Delta are not migratory. As such, sightings are frequent, close and most fulfilling. Specially appointed lodges dot the vast wetlands serving the 4 and 5star markets in a deliberate low impact high revenue philosophy aimed at avoiding mass traffic.
‘Let us
tailor-make packages
which give you a glimpse ... ... into our magical destinations’
ZAMBIA Geography: Zambia, a landlocked country in south-central Africa, is about one-tenth larger than Texas. It is surrounded by Angola, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. The country is mostly a plateau that rises to 8,000 ft (2,434 m) in the east. Area: Zambia covers 752,614 sq km of land. Capital City: Lusaka Population: 12 million (2014 est) Language: English (official); Bemba 33.4%, Nyanja 14.7%, Tonga 11.4%, Chewa 4.5%, Lozi 5.5%, Nsenga 2.9%, Tumbuka 2.5%, Lunda (North Western) 1.9%, Kaonde 1.8%, Leya 1.8%, Lamba 1.8%, English (official) 1.7%, Luvale 1.5%, Mambwe 1.3%, Namwanga 1.2%, Lenje 1.1%, Bisa 1%, other 9.4%,. Religion: Christian 50%-75%, Muslim and Hindu 24%-49%, indigenous beliefs 1%. Agriculture: corn, sorghum, rice, peanuts, sunflower seeds, vegetables, flowers, tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, cassava (manioc, tapioca), coffee; cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, milk, eggs, hides Natural resources: copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, hydropower Climate: Zambia has a tropical climate which is modified by altitude. There's one rainy season which lasts from October to April. The hottest days are experienced in October and November while a dry, mild winter runs between May and July. When to Go to Zambia: This is an all year destination. However, the best time to view the Victoria Falls is between March and July (when the falls are at their fullest). July - October is best for viewing wildlife. How to get to Zambia: The main ports of entry are Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula (former Livingstone Airport) and Lusaka International Airports on British Airways, South African Airways; Kenya Airways or on Emirates. OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the main feeder hub, while Kruger Mpumalanga and Cape Town International Airports are also beginning to play a key role. Victoria Falls and Kazungula land border posts are gateways to Zimbabwe and Botswana respectively. Visa information: Most international visitors require visas into Zambia on a reciprocal basis. As a general guide, single entry visas cost $50 while double entry passage costs $80. A special KAZA Univisa allows for entry into both Zambia and Zimbabwe at no additional cost. Please consult our Reservations office for updated Visa formalities and costs prior to travel. Currency: Zambian Kwacha. Major credit cards (visa/MasterCard) are widely accepted as well as US$; Euro and British Pound. Zambia's Main Attractions: Victoria Falls - One of Africa's most impressive sights, and not to be missed. There are many activities and attractions around the Victoria Falls
ZIMBABWE Republic of Zimbabwe Short form: Zimbabwe Formerly: Republic of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe Rhodesia. Time: Local Time = UTC +2h Country Calling Code: +263 Capital City: Harare (pop. 1.5 million) Other Cities: Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Gweru, Kwekwe, Masvingo, Marondera. Government: Type: Parliamentary. Constitution: 21 December 1979. Independence: 18 April 1980 (from UK) Geography: Location: Landlocked country in Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia. Area: 390,757 sq. km. (150,872 sq. mi.) Terrain: Desert and savanna, mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld); mountains in east. Climate: Subtropical and tropical, moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March). Dry mild winter runs between May and August making the destination ideal for outdoor activities and great game viewing. The Victoria Falls are at their peak between March and July. People: Nationality: Zimbabwean Population: 14.2 million (2016 est.) Ethnic Groups: Shona 71%, Ndebele 16%, other African 11%, white 1%, mixed and Asian 1%. Religions: Christianity 75%, offshoot Christian sects, animist, and Muslim. Languages: English (official); Chishona, Sindebele with various dialects. Literacy: 90% Natural resources: Coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, diamonds, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group metals, wildlife. Agriculture products: Corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, peanuts; sheep, goats, pig, flowers. Industries: Mining (coal, gold, platinum, copper, nickel, tin, clay, numerous metallic and non-metallic ores), steel; wood products, cement, chemicals, fertilizer, clothing and footwear, foodstuffs, beverages. Exports - commodities: platinum, diamonds, cotton, tobacco, gold, ferroalloys, textiles/clothing Exports partners: China 27.8%,Democratic republic of Congo 14%,Botswana12.5%, South Africa 7.6% (2015) Imports - commodities: Machinery and transport equipment, other manufactures, chemicals, fuels, food products Imports partners: South Africa 48.1%, China 12.1%, India 5.2%, Zambia 4.6% (2015) Currency: Following a hyperinflationary period in 2009, Zimbabwe adopted a multicurrency platform dominated by the US Dollar, South African Rand, GBP and Euro all working concurrently. International Credit cards such as VISA/MASTERCARD are widely accepted. How to get to Zimbabwe: Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls International Airports are the main entry points by air – all linked to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport by daily flights. British Airways; South African Airways, Air Zimbabwe, Kenya Airways, Air Namibia and Fast jet are some of the airlines flying into Zimbabwe daily. Kazungula and Victoria Falls land borders are the most preferred entry points linking Zimbabwe to Botswana and to Zambia while Chirundu, Beitbridge and Plumtree are also key entry points. Visa: Most nationals require a visa for Zimbabwe on a reciprocal basis. Depending on national agreements, most visas can be obtained at ports of entry while some nationals will need to apply and obtain visas prior to travel. As a general guide, and depending on nationality, a single entry visa costs between US$30-US$55 while a double entry visa costs between US$45-US$70. A special KAZA Univisa allows for entry into both Zambia and Zimbabwe at no additional cost. Please consult our Reservations office for updated Visa formalities and costs prior to travel. Zimbabwe is a world of wonders. Endowed with a vast array of mineral, agricultural and wildlife heritage, the country boasts a well-developed tourism product. The Mana Pools National Park; Matopos National park, Victoria Falls and the Great Zimbabwe Monument are all UNESCO world Heritage sites of repute. Zimbabwe is an all year destination appealing to the adventurous, the inquisitive, the explorer and those seeking to relax in the cool mountainous air of the highlands that border Mozambique.
A visit to Zimbabwe remains incomplete without visiting the Rhodes Matopos National Park. It could equally be said that a holiday to Zimbabwe excluding Mana Pools is not as enriching. Still, some would say that Zimbabwe would not be without the spiritual 11th century monument ‘Dzimba dze mabwe’ – wherein the call to visit the site. It is worth noting here that the Great Zimbabwe Monument is actually the second largest man made stone structure in Africa after the Pyramids of Egypt!
© Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.