Botswana BICYCLE TOURING STATISTICS
Diamonds sustain Botswana's economy, and the country enjoys a sparkling reputation as the least corrupt country in Africa. Since independence from Britain in 1966, Botswana has been a strong democracy. Landlocked and dominated by the Kalahari Desert, only the eastern part of the country supports farming. A growing source of income is safari-based tourism. Chobe National Park contains abundant wildlife, including 120,000 elephants. Botswana's high HIV/AIDS infection rate reduces life expectancy, but the nation has developed one of Africa's most advanced treatment programs.
60% of Motswana (singular), Batswana (plural) live in urban centers, and 81% can read and write one of the many languages such as Setswana, Kalanga, Sekgalagadi, English. Motswana (singular), Batswana (plural) have an average life expectancy rate of 49 years and most follow the Christian, Badimo religions. of Motswana (singular), Batswana (plural) work in the agriculture industry which produces , and work in the industry producing diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, livestock processing, textiles. Another work in the services sector such as tourism and retail environments. diamonds, copper, nickel, soda ash, meat, textiles are regularly exported to other countries in the world from Botswana. The Gross Domestic Product per capita is $13,100 with -5.20% annual growth.
Botswana uses the telephone country code of 267 and internet hosts use the .bw suffix. Botswana uses the Pula (BWP).
The Pula is the currency of Botswana. Pula literally means "rain" in Setswana, because rain is very scarce in Botswana - home to much of the Kalahari Desert - and therefore valuable. Pula also means "blessing" as rain is considered a blessing.
The pula was introduced in 1976, replacing the South African rand at par. Despite a 12% devaluation in May 2005, the pula remains one of the strongest currencies in Africa. The banknote is green with the portrait of His Excellency President Lt General Seretse Khama Ian Khama. On the reverse side, the picture is of the National Assembly building.The lowest currency in bill form is the 10 Pula which is still in circulation as of 2012.
(One Canadian Dollar equals 8.23 BWP)
Road Conditions: Excellent Tar Roads, some dirt in villages
Hills: Mostly flat with the exception of in the North East where light rolling hills enroute from Nata to Kasane
Weather: Cloudy and Grey with light rains
Best Beer: Castle
Visa Cost: No cost
Visa Length: 90 days
| Distance Traveled: 1271.53 km|
Distance Ascended: 1,666 m
Distance Descended: 2,000 m
Energy Consumed: 54,230 calories
| Overall Cost: $77.79|
|Longest Day: 2011-12-29 - 129.51 km|
Most Climbed: 2012-01-01 - 220.00 m
|Most Energy Burned: 2011-12-22 - 5933.00 calories|
Most Expensive Day: 2011-12-22 - $ 18.29
|Date||Location||Distance (km)||Cost ($CAD)||Map|
|2011-12-31||105 Campsite, BW||106.21||$7.26||Map|
|2011-12-23||Middle of Nowhere, BW||97.89||$0.00||Map|
|2011-12-20||Charles Hill, BW||74.16||$0.92||Map|