We recently came across these Top 10 facts about Botswana as a country and thought we would share it with you. The list has been compiled by Express.co.uk who is home of UK’s Daily and Sunday Express.

A group of elephants drinking water in Sambezi river at Chobe National Park, Botswana

A group of elephants drinking water in Sambezi river at Chobe National Park, Botswana

Below are the Top 10 Facts:

1. Botswana is the best country for comparing meerkats. No other country has so many of them.

2. The coat of arms of Botswana is based on a shield supported by two zebras.

3. One zebra is also holding an elephant’s tusk, the other a stalk of millet.

4. According to a report in 2007 there are more African elephants in Botswana than anywhere else.

5. The number of elephants in Botswana was given as 133,829, with Tanzania in second place on 108,816 elephants.

6. In the !Xoo language of Botswana and Namibia, spoken by about 4,000 people, there are 112 distinct sounds (there are about 40 in English).

7. The ! at the start of !Xoo represents one of the five basic click sounds in the language.

8. The inhabitants of Botswana call themselves ‘Batswana’, of which the singular is ‘Motswana’.

9. Botswana won its first Olympic medal at London 2012 when Nijel Amos won silver in the 800 metres. Amantle Montsho won the women’s 400 metres at the 2011 world championships.

10. Botswana is the world’s third-biggest diamond producer, behind Russia and Canada.

 

From: www.express.co.uk

Date: 30 September 2013