Photos from Botswana in Africa. Images of Wildlife and Landscapes.Botswana
, officially the Republic of Botswana
: Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country
located in Southern Africa
. The citizens are referred to as "Batswana" (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate
, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth
on 30 September 1966. It has held free and fair democratic elections
Botswana is flat, and up to 70% is covered by the Kalahari Desert
. It is bordered by South Africa
to the south and southeast, Namibia
to the west and north, and Zimbabwe
to the northeast.
A mid-sized country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated
countries in the world.
Population and wildlife is concentrated in the two delta areas. The first is the Okavango Delta created by the Okavango River. This river empties and disappears into the Kalahari Desert, where the water evaporates and disappears in the desert sand. The second is the Linyanti Reserve created by the Linyanti River (later named the Chobe River).