Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO)
Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) promotes best practice management systems across all tourism industry sectors with a view to facilitate tourism development that is environmentally sustainable. Botswana Tourism also ensures collaborative approach with relevant stakeholders both public and private to raise the profile of the organisation. In partnership with the University of Botswana through the BIOKAVANGO Project , Botswana Tourism Organisation completed the development of the first ever Botswana Ecotourism Certification System, comprising of standards (accommodation and eco-tour), logos, certificates and other associated documentation. Click here for more information.
Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa(RETOSA)
The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the promotion and marketing of tourism in the region. RETOSA aims to create a concrete destination identity in the market in order for the region to compete effectively. RETOSA is managed by a board drawn from national tourism authorities/boards and national tourism private sector umbrella bodies in the SADC countries. Click here for more information.
Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana: Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. 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. Botswana has diverse areas of wildlife habitat. In addition to the delta and desert areas, there are grasslands and savannas, where Blue Wildebeest, antelopes, and other mammals and birds are found.
Botswana is semi-arid, due to the short rain season. However, the relatively high altitude of the country and its continental situation gives it a subtropical climate. The country is remote from moisture-laden air flows for most of the year. The dry season lasts from April to October in the south and to November in the north where, however, rainfall totals are higher. The south of the country is most exposed to cold winds during the winter period (early May to late August) when average temperatures are around 14 °C (57.2 °F). The whole country has hot summers with average temperatures around 26 °C (78.8 °F). Sunshine totals are high all year round although winter is the sunniest period. The whole country is windy and dusty during the dry season.
The official language of Botswana is English although Setswana is widely spoken across the country. In Setswana prefixes are more important than they are in many other languages. These prefixes include “Bo”, which refers to the country, “Ba”, which refers to the people, “Mo”, which is one person, and “Se” which is the language. For example, the main tribe of Botswana is the Tswana people, hence the name Botswana for its country. The people as a whole are Batswana, one person is a Motswana, and the language they speak is Setswana. Other languages spoken in Botswana include, Kalanga(sekalanga), Sarwa (sesarwa), Ndebele and in some parts Afrikaans.