National Symbols of Botswana

Last updated on August 18th, 2023 by Editorial Staff

Table Of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Country Information
  3. Coat of arms
  4. Flag map
  5. Country motto
  6. National animal
  7. National flower
  8. National bird
  9. Rest of national symbols
  10. State symbols
  11. Neighbouring countries
  12. Proverbs & sayings
  13. Compare with other countries
  14. Location

Botswana is a country in Africa. The official name of Botswana is the Republic of Botswana. It shares borders with 4 countries: NamibiaZambiaZimbabwe, and South Africa. The people of Botswana are called Motswana. The country is situated in Southern Africa, north of South Africa.

Etymology discusses where a term is considered to have originated from and how its meaning has changed over time. Etymology has been a factor in the naming of countries all across the world, and Botswana has also been influenced. The etymology of Botswana can be defined as; “Country of the Tswana” in Setswana, after the country’s dominant ethnic group.

An ethnicity is a group or sub-group of people who are connected based on common characteristics which may include religion, origin, language, traditions, or culture. The ethnic groups in Botswana include Tswana, Kalanga, and San.

Air Botswana is the national airline of Botswana. The national colors of the country are light blue, black, and white. The emoji flag of the country is 🇧🇼, and the ISO code is BWA.

Botswana is known for its being the largest producer of diamonds in Africa. The national dish of Botswana is Seswaa. Ginger beer, in addition to being a traditional beverage, is one of the country’s national drinks. The national instruments of Botswana are leg rattles matlhowa, bones marapo, clapping pieces yikandiso and bells ngendjo.

The country has the time zone Central Africa Time (GMT+2) followed by dd/mm/yyyy as the standard date format.

Botswana is divided into 10 rural districts, 7 urban districts, 21 sub-districts, and 519 villages. The capital of the country is Gaborone, which is also the largest city in Botswana.

The literacy rate in Botswana is 87.7%.

The country’s total area is 581,730 km² (224,610 sq mi), and the total population is 2,351,627. The country’s average elevation is 1,013 m (3,323 ft), whereas the country’s terrain can be defined as; Predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; the Kalahari Desert in the southwest. The country’s usual climate is semiarid; warm winters and hot summers.

The Botswana pula serves as the national unit of currency, and the Bank of Botswana (BoB) is recognized as the country’s central bank. The domain for Botswana is .bw and the country code is +267. Zebra is the country’s coat of arms.

Museums are known to educate and connect visitors with the nation’s history, culture, civilization, art, and architecture. The Botswana National Museum serves the same purpose and is considered one of the most significant tourist attractions. The Botswana National Museum is home to a large collection of artifacts. It has been designated as the national museum of the country.

The national dress of Botswana is the Herero dress, and 30 September is designated as National Day. In Botswana, the majority of the population practices Christianity, and Protestantism as their religion.

Nature is a blessing from God and we must protect it because it provides us with the oxygen and food to survive. It also helps to keep our environment beautiful and clean. To emphasize the significance of nature, Botswana has selected a few forces of nature as national symbols. Botswana’s national bird is the Kori bustard, while its national animal is the Zebra. The national flower is Sengaparile. The national tree of Botswana is the Marula, and the highest peak is Monalanong Hill.

Mythical creatures can be found in the literature and mythologies of many different nations. They represent imaginative representations of various creatures, humans, or hybrids. They are known for their specific features, supernatural abilities, and distinctive appearance. The mythical creature of Botswana is Tokiloshe.

Sports have always played an important role in developing the social and cultural structure of Botswana and other countries. When it comes to designating a sport as the official symbol, Football is considered the country’s national sport.

Sir Seretse Khama is the founder of Botswana. The country’s national anthem was written by Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete, and composed by Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete.

The country’s national hero is Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama.

Due to their unique qualities and rich cultural or historical backgrounds, national monuments around the world are of great importance. The Three Dikgosi is recognized as the national monument of the country. It attracts visitors from all around the world.

Numerous organizations are working on a global level to improve the current state of affairs and to collaborate in order to establish and maintain constructive partnerships. Botswana is a member of the African Union (AU)Commonwealth of NationsSouthern African Development Community (SADC), and United Nations (UN). Botswana collaborates with them to organize, analyze, and address various events and situations.

The tourism slogan of the country is “Our Pride, Your Destination” whereas, “Pula!” (Tswana) “Rain” is the official motto of the country.

Mokgweetsi Masisi is the current President of the country.

Botswana has declared English as the country’s official language.


– Learn about Botswana flag color codes and their meanings –

– Further information regarding the symbols and knowledge of Botswana can be found in the table of contents –

Country information

Former name(s) Bechuanaland
Official name(s) Republic of Botswana
Alternative name(s) Bechuanaland (former, English)
Regional location Southern Africa, north of South Africa
Country name etymology "Country of the Tswana" in Setswana, after the country's dominant ethnic group
Climate Semiarid; warm winters and hot summers
Terrain Predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; the Kalahari Desert in the southwest
Population 2,351,627
National Day 30 Sep 1966
Language(s) English
Religion Christianity, Protestantism
Country code +267
Literacy rate 87.7%
Currency Botswana pula
Capital city Gaborone
ISO BWA
Domain(TLD) .bw
Ethnicity Tswana, Kalanga, & San
Head of government Prime Minister
Nationality Motswana
Driving side Drive on the Left-hand side
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Total area 581,730 km² (224,610 sq mi)
Timezone Central Africa Time (GMT+2)
Average elevation 1,013 m (3,323 ft)
Coastline 0 km (landlocked)
Mains electricity 230 V
Emergency telephone numbers Emergency Telephone Numbers

Coat of arms

Flag map of Botswana

Flag map of Botswana

Motto of Botswana

"Pula!" (Tswana) "Rain"

National animal of Botswana

The National animal of Botswana is Zebra

National Animal of Botswana - Zebra

National flower of Botswana

The National flower of Botswana is Sengaparile. Botanical name is Harpagophytum.

National flower of Botswana - Sengaparile

National bird of Botswana

The National bird of Botswana is Kori bustard

National bird of Botswana - Kori bustard

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Neighbouring countries of Botswana

Motswana Proverbs - Popular quotes, proverbs and sayings.

A prudent man who knows proverbs, resolved problems.

As the lion said, 'I will kill your lambs and you will remember my presence.'

Beautiful words don't put porridge in the pot.

You can tell the ripeness of a melon by its look.

A lion cannot hear its own roar.

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