Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What is a citizen of Botswana called?||Botswana
Motswana. Tricky, this - Setswana is the language, Botswana is the country, Batswana is the people as a whole(although it also refers to an individual tribe), and Motswana is an individual!
|What is the currency of Botswana?||Botswana
Pula. "Pula" means rain in Setswana. It points to how valued water is that drops of rain were considered the closest parallel to money.
|What is the national animal of Botswana?||Botswana
Zebra. Considering the large numbers of elephant in the Chobe region, this seems reasonable, but zebra it is.
|What is the name of the large river delta in Botswana's north, famous for its wildlife?||Botswana
Okavango . At 17,000 square kilometres, it's the largest inland delta in the world.
|What is the capital of Botswana?||Botswana
Gaborone. Harare is the capital of neighbouring Zimbabwe, Francistown is the second largest city in Botswana, and Orapa is a small diamond mining town in the middle of the country.
|What is the name of the indigenous desert people of Botswana?||Botswana
San. The Zulu are mostly in South Africa, the Ndebele generally in Zimbabwe and the Mapuche people live in Chile.
|Which desert covers two-thirds of Botswana?||Botswana
The Kalahari. The Sahara is African, but shame on you if you picked one of the others - not even the right continent!
|What was the old name for Botswana?||Botswana
Bechuanaland. Probably a good thing they got rid of it, although I would have preferred "New Zanzibar" (from "The Simpsons")!
|What is the main export of Botswana?||Botswana
Diamonds. Diamonds were "discovered" in Botswana for the first time only several months after independence...very suspicious! Now diamonds are 76% of all exports.
|Who was the first elected leader of Botswana?||Botswana
Sir Seretse Khama. Tyrone Rugen is the six-fingered man from "The Princess Bride", Gui de Lombard is the Baron of the French castle in "Monty Python's : The Holy Grail", and Ndaba Mazibuko is a friend of mine from Botswana.
Mma Precious Ramotswe. Situated between the Kgali and Oodi Hills in the south-east of Botswana, Gaborone is the largest city in the country and is named after Chief Kgosi G Gaborone. Known locally as "Gabs", the city houses the seat of government and is also the administrative and financial heart of the country. It is serviced by the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, which is named after the first president of Botswana.
Mma Precious Ramotswe, the first female private detective in Botswana, is the heroine of the series of novels written by Alexander McCall Smith. She first appeared in the 'Ladies No 1 Detective Agency'.
Of the incorrect answers, Jock of the Bushveld is the eponymous protagonist of the book by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick which tells of his travels with his dog Jock in the Transvaal. Stephen Khumalo is the hero of Alan Paton's classic 'Cry, the Beloved Country' and Sean Courtney appears in the 'Courtney' series of novels by Wilbur Smith.
|The Kgalagadi Trans-Frontier Park is Africa's first formally declared trans-border conservation area and is a joint venture between Botswana and which neighbouring country?||Breathtaking Botswana
South Africa. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park straddles the border of Botswana and South Africa. It was formally declared by Presidents Festus Magoe of Botswana and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa on May 12, 2000. The park is made up of the Kalahari National Gemsbok Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. Situated in the Kalahari, the park is 38,000 square kilometres of which 28,400 is in Botswana and 9,600 in South Africa. The name Kgalagadi means "place of thirst" and is home to abundant wildlife, including the black-maned lions of the Kalahari. The Gemsbok, after which both constituent parks are named, is the Oryx Gazella, a large striking antelope which is well adapted to hot arid conditions.
|Although Botswana does not have an official cuisine, Seswaa is unique to the country and is considered to be the national dish. What is Seswaa?||Breathtaking Botswana
A meat stew. Seswaa, also known as Chotlho, is a dish of meat, usually beef, which is slowly simmered in water with onion and seasonings until soft. It is then drained and pounded with a pestle until flaky. It is usually served with bogobe, which is a porridge made from maize (corn) meal or moroho, which is dried bean leaves cooked with onion in water until soft.
Madila is fermented milk which can be drunk on its own or added to bogobe together with a lerotse, a cooking melon. The Mapone worm is a large edible caterpillar which is usually either fried in its own body fat or boiled in water.
|Botswana is home to which UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Louvre of the Desert"?||Breathtaking Botswana
Tsodilo Hills. Situated in the northwest of Botswana in the barren landscape of the Kalahari Desert, Tsodilo Hills has one of the highest rock art concentrations in the world with over 4500 paintings contained in an area of less than ten square kilometres. It gives an archaeological account of over 100,000 years of human activity. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, it has a deep spiritual and religious significance to the local people and was referred to by Sir Laurens van der Post in his book "The Lost World of the Kalahari".
Of the wrong answers, Makgadikgadi Pan lies south east of the Okavango delta and is a series of salt pans, the largest of which are the Sua, Ntwetme and Nxai pans. The Tuli Block is a thin finger of land about 10-20 kilometres wide and about 350 kilometres long which demarcates Botswana's south eastern border and consists of mainly private game reserves. Moremi Gorge is nestled in the Tswapong Hills and is believed to have supernatural powers.
|The Protectorate of Bechuanaland became the Republic of Botswana on 30 September 1966, gaining independence from which country?||Breathtaking Botswana
Great Britain. Growing concern about the threatened union across the Kalahari of German South West Africa and the independent Boer Republic of the Transvaal in the east led, after a request by local Botswana leaders, to Great Britain creating the Protectorate of Bechuanaland in 1885. When the Union of South Africa was created in 1910 it was envisaged that this, together with current day Lesotho and Swaziland, would be incorporated into the Union. However, the election of the Nationalist government in 1948 put paid to these plans and it was decided to develop the Protectorate for political and economic self sufficiency. In 1964, proposals for democratic self government were accepted by Britain and, after elections, the country became self governing in 1965 with Sir Seretse Khama as the first Prime Minister. Upon independence in 1966, he became the first President of the Republic of Botswana.
Of the wrong answers, German South West Africa was made a mandate of the League of Nations administered by South Africa until eventually gaining independence as Namibia. Portugal's two colonies in the region became Angola and Mozambique.
Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari Desert is a large arid and semi-arid area, of which over 900,000 square kilometres covers approximately 84% of Botswana. The desert stretches across seven countries and is a sand-filled basin averaging over 1000m above sea level. It is not a true desert as parts receive over 250mm of rainfall per annum and it is only truly arid in the southwest. It supports some animal and plant life and is classified as a fossil desert. The name means "thirstland". The vegetation is comprised mainly of grasses, thorny shrubs and Acacia trees and the only permanent river is the Okavango which forms the Okavango Delta in the northwest. The best known inhabitants are the San Bushman, who number only a few thousand.
Of the incorrect answers, the Drakensburg Mountains is the highest mountain chain in South Africa. The Namib Desert is found along the Atlantic Coast of Namibia and stretches into southern Angola. Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the world, lies on the Zambezi River along the Zambia Zimbabwe border.
|There is only one place on earth where four countries meet. Botswana is one of the "Four Corners of Africa". Which countries form the other three corners?
Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet midstream in the Zambezi River at Kazungula, which means "little sausage tree". A large brown pole at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers indicates the point where the Four Corners of Africa touch. This is the eastern end of the Caprivi Strip, which was created when Britain ceded territory to German South West Africa in order to allow them access to the Zambezi River. Botswana has only 1.6 kilometres of river frontage on the Zambezi River. The town of Kasane is the Botswana terminus for the Kazungula Ferry across the river to Zambia.
Namibia abuts Botswana to the west with Zimbabwe as its northeastern neighbour, while the border with Zambia is restricted to the above-mentioned single point.
Of the wrong answers, Botswana borders South Africa in the south and southeast, but has no common border with Angola.