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  Breathtaking Botswana   top quiz  
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Dumela! Come on safari and take a closer look at this beautiful Southern African country of desert, delta and diamonds. Masego - good luck.
Average, 10 Qns, KayceeKool, Oct 22 11
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Botswana is a lovely country - a haven considering the strife in the countries that surround it. How much do you know about it?
Average, 10 Qns, neuromalacia, Oct 22 11
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  Africa: All about Botswana    
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Botswana is a beautiful country, and has had a rapid growing rate since its independence. Ten questions about beautiful Botswana.
Average, 10 Qns, LuH77, Nov 11 21
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What is the capital of Botswana's Chobe District?

From Quiz "Africa: All about Botswana"

Botswana Trivia Questions

1. 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?

From Quiz
Breathtaking Botswana

Answer: 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.

2. Who was the first elected leader of Botswana?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: 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.

3. The Kalahari Desert covers much of Botswana. But what is this desert's only permanent river?

From Quiz Africa: All about Botswana

Answer: Okavango

The Okavango river is the fourth longest river in the southern Africa, and is almost 1000 miles long. This river forms part of the border between Angola and Namibia, before flowing into Botswana.

4. Botswana is dominated by which geographical feature?

From Quiz Breathtaking Botswana

Answer: 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.

5. What is the main export of Botswana?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: Diamonds

Diamonds were "discovered" in Botswana for the first time only several months after independence...very suspicious! Now diamonds are 76% of all exports.

6. Botswana is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tsodilo Hills, which contain over 4,500 what?

From Quiz Africa: All about Botswana

Answer: Rock paintings

The Tsodilo Hills are located in the Ngamiland District. Some of the rock paintings here have been dated to have been created 24,000 years ago. Tsodilo has been nicknamed the 'Louvre of the Desert' and UNESCO gave it World Heritage Site status in 2001.

7. The Protectorate of Bechuanaland became the Republic of Botswana on 30 September 1966, gaining independence from which country?

From Quiz Breathtaking Botswana

Answer: 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.

8. What was the old name for Botswana?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: Bechuanaland

Probably a good thing they got rid of it, although I would have preferred "New Zanzibar" (from "The Simpsons")!

9. Botswana is home to the world's largest what, by area?

From Quiz Africa: All about Botswana

Answer: Diamond mine

The Orapa diamond mine is the largest diamond mine in the world, by area. This mine was discovered in 1967, one year after Botswana gained independence. The mine is located in the town of Orapa, which is approximately 150 miles west of the city of Francistown.

10. Which desert covers two-thirds of Botswana?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: The Kalahari

The Sahara is African, but shame on you if you picked one of the others - not even the right continent!

11. What is the southernmost village in Botswana?

From Quiz Africa: All about Botswana

Answer: Bokspits

Bokspits is located very close to Botswana's border with South Africa. Bokspits is approximately 360 miles southwest of Botswana's capital, Gabarone. It is also very close to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is a nature conservation area between Botswana and South Africa.

12. What is the name of the indigenous desert people of Botswana?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: San

The Zulu are mostly in South Africa, the Ndebele generally in Zimbabwe and the Mapuche people live in Chile.

13. What is the capital of Botswana's Chobe District?

From Quiz Africa: All about Botswana

Answer: Kasane

Kasane achieved international attention when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton decided to get remarried there in 1975. Chobe National Park is near Kasane, and within it is the largest population of elephants in Africa.

14. Botswana is home to which UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Louvre of the Desert"?

From Quiz Breathtaking Botswana

Answer: 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.

15. What is the capital of Botswana?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: 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.

16. The Makgadikgadi Pan in northeastern Botswana is one of the largest salt flats in the world. What is it surrounded by?

From Quiz Africa: All about Botswana

Answer: The Kalahari Desert

The Makgadikgadi Pan is what remains of a large lake of the same name. Its water source is the Nata River. The Makgadikgadi Pan covers around 6,200 square miles. Although the Makgadikgadi Pan is very large, the largest salt pan in the world is Salar de Uyuni, which is in Bolivia.

17. What is the name of the large river delta in Botswana's north, famous for its wildlife?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: Okavango & Okavango Delta

At 17,000 square kilometres, it's the largest inland delta in the world.

18. The Gaborone Dam supplies water for the capital of Botswana, Gabarone, as well as the town of Lobatse. What river of Botswana is it situated on?

From Quiz Africa: All about Botswana

Answer: Notwane

Part of the Notwana River forms the border of Botswana and South Africa. The Gaborone Dam is over 80 feet high, over 2 miles wide and has a 144,000,000 cubic metre capacity. Construction began on the dam in 1963, and it has been in operation since 1964. This dam even comes with a yacht club, the Gaborone Yacht Club, on the northern shore.

19. 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?

From Quiz Breathtaking Botswana

Answer: 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.

20. What is the national animal of Botswana?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: Zebra

Considering the large numbers of elephant in the Chobe region, this seems reasonable, but zebra it is.

21. Ghanzi is a town located in western Botswana in the Kalahari Desert. This town produces approximately 75% of what industry of Botswana?

From Quiz Africa: All about Botswana

Answer: Beef

Farming in Ghanzi accounts for 75% of the beef that the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) exports, largely to the European Union and the United Kingdom. Ghanzi is the capital of the Ghanzi District of Botswana.

22. 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?

From Quiz Breathtaking Botswana

Answer: 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.

23. What is the currency of Botswana?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: Pula

"Pula" means rain in Setswana. It points to how valued water is that drops of rain were considered the closest parallel to money.

24. Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, is home to which famous fictional character?

From Quiz Breathtaking Botswana

Answer: 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.

25. What is a citizen of Botswana called?

From Quiz Botswana

Answer: 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!

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