Botswana, one of Africa’s most sta­ble coun­tries, is the con­ti­nent’s long­est con­tin­u­ous multi-party democ­racy. It is rel­a­tively free of cor­rup­tion and has a good hu­man rights record.

It is also the world’s largest pro­ducer of di­a­monds and the trade has trans­formed it into a mid­dle-in­come na­tion. In 2014 the diamond trade moved from Lon­don to the Botswana cap­i­tal of Gaborone. Botswana pro­tects some of Africa’s largest wilder­ness ar­eas. The coun­try is sparsely pop­u­lated and mostly too arid to sus­tain any agri­cul­ture other than cat­tle, which is the coun­try’s third largest in­dus­try. CITIES: Much of the eco­nomic fo­cus is on the cap­i­tal and largest city, Gaborone, in the south­east of the coun­try. Mod­ern day Gaborone boasts four, large Amer­i­can-style malls, a host of ho­tels, an in­ter­na­tional

air­port, as well as a cul­tural cen­ter, a na­tional mu­seum and art gallery, two golf cour­ses and other sports fa­cil­i­ties.

There are four in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Botswana – Fran­cis­town, Kasane Air­port, Maun and Gaborone’s Sir Seretse Khama In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which is lo­cated 10 miles north of the city.

Gaborone’s unique selling point is the abil­ity for visi­tors to en­joy fa­mil­iar mod­ern con­ve­niences, yet have Africa wildlife ar­eas min­utes away. HO­TELS: Botswana of­fers a va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion, from 5-star ho­tels to lux­ury lodges and sa­fari camps, bud­get guest­houses and camp­ing grounds. It just de­pends on where you are and what you are look­ing for. Depend­ing on your needs and bud­get, in Gaborone you’re pretty well cov­ered across the star range.

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