"Beautiful words don't put porridge in the pot."
- Botswana Proverb -
The people of Botswana are called Batswana, they are very proud of their history and share a strong sense of national identity regardless of their ethnic origins. The country’s people are great supporters of democracy and Botswana is claimed to be one of the least corrupt countries in Africa. The largest ethnic group in the country are the Tswana, who account for approximately two thirds of the population. The official language of the country is English, with Setswana the most widely spoken language. There are however, 26 other spoken languages in Botswana.
Today as development and modernization is seen across the country some of the traditional hunter/gatherer people such as the San people of the Kalahari fight to keep their historic cultures alive.
Christianity was introduced to Botswana in the 19thCentury and today is still widely practiced, with some traditional beliefs combined. The people also have strong ties to their ancestors who are thought to have important roles in their lives.
In European culture it is respectful to leave other people be and to not mind others' business, at least not in public. More often than not we are inhibited to publicly show an interest in other cultures. Tailor Made Safaris would like to bring to your attention that this is not the case in Southern Africa. We encourage you to embrace meeting new people and to be open to other cultures. There is no
need to feel embarrassed, as people want to share their culture, their faith and their life experience with you. They are honoured that you want to visit their country and want learn about their culture. We simply suggest that if you wish to take photographs of people that you ask them permission first.