Botswana BICYCLE TOURING STATISTICS

Information

Located in Africa, Botswana (formally called the Republic of Botswana) can be found at Latitude: -24.646389 and Longitutde: 25.911944 occupying 581,730 sq/km of area. At last count, Botswana has the population of 1,991,000 residents (with an annual 1.90% growth rate) who are known as Motswana (singular), Batswana (plural).

The Flag for Botswana

 
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).

Currency


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)


My Experience

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

Photos

Journal Entries

The following is a list of journal entries I wrote while traveling through Botswana. Click one to read!


Statistics

Totals

Distance Traveled: 1271.53 km
Distance Ascended: 1,666 m
Distance Descended: 2,000 m
Energy Consumed: 54,230 calories
Overall Cost: $77.79
    Food: $99.88
    Drink: $4.45
    Lodging: $0.00
    Transport: $0.00
    Entertainment: $0.00
    Equipment: $1.25
    Misc: $0.00
 
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

Daily Statistics

DateLocationDistance (km)Cost ($CAD)Map
2012-01-05Kazungula, BW14.14$4.31Map
2012-01-04Kasane, BW0.00$9.17
2012-01-03Kasane, BW1.79$0.00
2012-01-02Kasane, BW115.76$-9.45Map
2012-01-01Pandamatenga, BW94.03$0.94Map
2011-12-31105 Campsite, BW106.21$7.26Map
2011-12-30Nata, BW105.78$8.82Map
2011-12-29Gweta, BW129.51$4.45Map
2011-12-28Matopi, BW96.29$8.62Map
2011-12-27Maun, BW16.58$9.45Map
2011-12-26Maun, BW3.61$4.17Map
2011-12-25Maun, BW105.20$9.87Map
2011-12-24Sehithwa, BW95.76$0.97Map
2011-12-23Middle of Nowhere, BW97.89$0.00Map
2011-12-22Ghanzi, BW119.64$18.29Map
2011-12-21Kalkfontein, BW95.18$0.00Map
2011-12-20Charles Hill, BW74.16$0.92Map

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