The economy, one of the most robust on the continent, is dominated by diamond mining and tourism.

As a tourist destination, Botswana has traditionally opted for a high price / low numbers formula, in part as a conservation strategy, and also to differentiate itself from neighbouring tourist countries who follow a mass market tourism policy. However, that isn't to say that Botswana is an expensive high end destination. In many respects costs and quality compare to neighbouring South Africa. However the two jewels in Botswana's tourism crown the Okavango delta and Chobe National Park are quite exclusive, although there are budget options.

For independent travellers touring the region Botswana offers an interesting contrast to the poverty of its northern neighbours, and is free from the apartheid hangover that still blights South Africa. Botswana has a long established tourism industry and levels of service are good, hassles are low and tourist numbers minimal away from the main parks, allowing for some magical 'off the beaten path' experiences.


Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence 0n 30 September 1966

Public holidays

Public holidays

The public holidays in Botswana are:

Public holidays
New Years' Day

1 Jan New Years' Day

Public holidays
Easter weekend

Of "good friday", "easter saturday", "easter sunday" and "easter monday"; a four day long weekend in march or april set according to the western christian calendar.

Public holidays
Workers Day

1 May Workers Day

Public holidays
Sir Seretse Khama Day

1 July Sir Seretse Khama Day

Public holidays
Mid July

President's Day

Public holidays
September 30

Botswana Day

Public holidays
December 25

Christmas Day

Public holidays
December 26

Day of Goodwill