|Sunset on the Okavango Delta. (Source)|
Botswana was never colonized, it did however become a British protectorate in 1885 after appeals for assistance when hostilities broke out between the people of the then Bechuanaland and now Botswana, the Boers from the Transvaal in the east and the north eastern Ndebele tribes of what is now known as Zimbabwe.
Botswana gained it's independence from Britain in 1966 and over the past forty odd years has built one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Botswana is also considered to be the least corrupt of the African countries despite it's secretive public institutions.
Most people here speak English as either a first or second language and getting around isn't as difficult as it may be in some African countries where English is not an official language. (Probably even easier than France :) )
|Air hostesses on ground leave (Source)|
|Serowe Botswana (Source)|
A little about our journeys to visit my sister Charmian and her husband Daryl who lived in Selebi Phikwe in the east of the country.We would travel by train, the old steam trains with real teak paneling in the cabins and silverware in the dining car.
The journey would begin in Johannesburg where we would board the train, passports in hand and excitement in our hearts. Up to the border and through to Lobatse. From there to Gabarone, the capitol of Botswana, on to Mahalapye and Serowe where we were collected by car for the final leg to Phikwe. What a magical time it was.
|Steam train (Source)|
Selebi Phikwe is a copper mining town and of course one of the things that I did was collect mineral samples for my rock collection. We'd even go down to Bobonong to look for Geodes and Botswana pink agate to bring back with us. Nearby was Shashi Lake, a dam that supplied fresh water for the mines and this is where I learned to sail a Halcat catamaran and where I fell in love with sailing. We had such a good time, leaving was always an emotional event.
I do miss my family and those magic days spent roaming southern Africa. I also wish I could tell you more about this wonderful country, it's culture, it's music and its cuisine. I highly recommend Botswana as a safari destination for those who do decide to visit my wonderful continent.
Blessings to all the people who live in Botswana, you have one of the best countries in the world and my visits have left a lasting impression on me and my children. Thank you.