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Historie


Sometime between 200-500 AD, the Bantu-speaking people who were living in the Katanga area (today part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia) crossed the Limpopo River, entering the area today known as Botswana/South Africa as part of the Bantu expansion.
The Bantu-speaking society was highly a decentralized feudal society organized on a basis of kraals (an enlarged clan), headed by a chief, who owed a very hazy allegiance to the nation's head chief.
In the 19th century, hostilities broke out between Tswana inhabitants (part of the Bantu-groep) of Botswana and Ndebele tribes who were making incursions into the territory from the north-east.
Tensions also escalated with the Dutch Boer settlers from the Transvaal to the east. After appeals by the Batswana leaders Khama III, Bathoen and Sebele for assistance, the British Government put "Bechuanaland" under its protection on 31 March 1885.

When the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910 out of the main British colonies in the region, the Bechuanaland Protectorate, Basutoland (now Lesotho) and Swaziland (the "High Commission Territories") were not included, but provision was made for their later incorporation.
However, their inhabitants began to be consulted by the UK, and although successive South African governments sought to have the territories transferred, the UK kept delaying; consequently, it never occurred.
The election of the Nationalist government in 1948, which instituted apartheid, and South Africa's withdrawal from the Commonwealth in 1961, ended any prospect of incorporation of the territories into South Africa.

In June 1964, the UK accepted proposals for a democratic self-government in Botswana. The 1965 constitution led to the first general elections and to independence on 30 September 1966.
Seretse Khama, a leader in the independence movement and the legitimate claimant to the Ngwato chiefship, was elected as the first President, going on to be re-elected twice.

I will visit Botswana in november 2014.

On that trip i will see

Okavango Delta
Chobe Nationaal Park

Please let me know when you're having questions.
i would be pleased to help you.

Things to do and other tips

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This illustrate's my memories of Botswana:



See my Things to do pages for more pictures.

When i'am visiting a country i like to be prepared;
So i know something about the Country and i can plan the things to visit.
That's why i 'm reading books;looking at travel maps etc.

See my "Things to read" pages for Books/Maps about
Botswana