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Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens refer to themselves as "Batswana" (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It has held uninterrupted democratic elections since independence. 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. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula, Zambia is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred metres long.
A mid-sized country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Botswana was one of the poorest countries in Africa when it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, with a GDP per capita of about US$70. Botswana has since transformed itself, becoming one of the fastest-growing economies in the world to a GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita of about $14,000, and a high gross national income, possibly the fourth-largest in Africa, giving the country a modest standard of living. The country, being a member of the African Union, also has a strong tradition as a representative democracy and has the second highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan African countries.
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Ostrich Egg   Water Bottle Crowned Hawk-Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus) Immature Kalahari Cattle Ranch Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) Lioness Stalking Elephants
Giraffe Chocolate Red Lechwe (Kobus leche) The Chase Okavango Dry Season Cape Starling  (Lamprotornis nitens)
Bushman Traditional Dance - Lion attacks Kudu Baobab Flower Tending the Fire Kalahari Cattle-Ranch Bushman - Stick Game
Young Bull Elephant Mother & Baby Speedy Gonzales Stressed Mother San Children
A Bushman called Bill Okavango Sunset Flying Impala Full Belly Tricks San Family
Dust Bath Octogenarian Dragonfly on Papyrus Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) Crowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus)
Lightning Storm Feeding Frenzy Inquisitive Contre-Jour Dry Season March
Simson Savute Sunset Inquisitive Exploring Okavango by Makoro Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)
Just Browsing Jesus Bird Muddy but Satisfied Water Lily Kalahari Elephants
Okavango Sunset Friendly Gecko Okavango Waterway Crossing Trekking through the Swamp Sandgrouse Storm
Let Sleeping Lions Lie? Savute Airstrip Lioness with cubs Savute Sunset Makoros
Kudu Bulls South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa) Red Lechwe (Kobus leche) + Termite Mound Headgear Lion's Eye View
Okavango Elephants Crowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus) Stampede Baboon Family Group Hanging Out at the water-tank
Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale parvula) Sand-Grouse (Burchell's) Savute Sunset Relaxing
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) Kalahari Waterhole Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) Cape Buffalo
Submerged Tree Linyanti Sunset Cheeky Monkeys Sleepy Pups Welcome Committee
Alpha Male ... 8-pack Dances with Wolves (Painted) Impala Buck Takeoff Territorial Dispute Inter-species Interaction
Lilac Breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) Savuti Sunset Camouflage Dagga-Boy - Not Happy! What time is it?
Three Musketeeers Nervous Impala at Sunset Egret Escort Acacia Wood Back-Off ... Protective Mother
Fruit Bat Monkey Business Thirsty Elephants Yellow-Billed Kite Messy Nest - Hadeda Ibis
Shoreside Reflections Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) Okavango Dry Season Death and re-Birth Preoccupied
Alpha Male Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) Female Gecko Hitch-hiker Airborne Reflections
Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) Tete-a-Tete Makoro Tour Okavango Sunrise Mother & Baby
Confusion in the Ranks What's that sound? Stumpy Early Morning Stroll Drop-in Visitor
Hanging out at the water's edge Sisters Close Encounter Death in the Long Grass Impala Herd - on alert
Reed Cormorant - Takeoff Pedro's Friendly Gecko On the move! Uninvited Early-morning Guest Camouflaged Hunter
Cormorant Yellow-Billed Stork Intense Stare Pedro & Friend Sorry, I can't hear you!