Gap Year in Botswana


Capital City Gaborone
Population: 2,150,000
Currency: Pula (P)
Language: English, Setswana
Calling Code +267

Many people dream about visiting Africa, and seeing everything it has to offer. And for those looking to make this dream a reality, a gap year in Botswana is the perfect choice! You’ll have the chance to see bountiful amounts of animals, visit stunning landscapes and meet some of the friendliest people on earth when you’re in this country – plus it’s also one of the safest places to travel on the entire continent. A gap year in Botswana really is something everyone should consider!

But what are the highlights of a gap year in Botswana – the things that absolutely everyone should do while there? Well, perhaps the biggest draw for travellers is the wildlife, and the best place to see this is Okavango Delta – made famous by countless natural history programmes. Here you could see buffalo, lions, leopards, crocodiles, elephant and more, so make sure you take your camera! Other great nature spotting areas include the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.

A gap year in Botswana isn’t all about nature though – although it does play a massive part! You’ll also be able to take part in adrenaline sports, visit the capital Gaborone, eat fantastic local food, and meet a huge variety of different people – all of whom are usually smiling! But then you can get back to nature, as there’s always something new to see in the national parks and game reserves!

Working in Botswana

Employment in Botswana is going to be almost impossible to find, however volunteering is a completely different kettle of fish. There are loads of chances to volunteer while in the country, and one of the most common volunteering choices is working with those who have HIV/AIDs – Botswana has the highest prevalence of this illness in the world. There are also loads of chance to work with nature, as you’d expect from a country boasting such an amazing amount of wildlife!

Where Next?

Botswana is landlocked, surrounded by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Most will choose to head south to continue their gap year in South Africa, however Namibia and Zambia are also great places to visit too! The country is well-served by international flights, so really you can head anywhere though once you’ve finished your gap year in Botswana.

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