Etiquette in Botswana

Botswana is located in southern Africa and has a population of over 1 million people.

The nation is a parliamentary republic.

The official languages of Botswana are Setswana, the most commonly spoken language, and English. Other languages spoken include Ndebele, Sarwa, Kalanga, and, Afrikaans.

About 70% of residents follow Christianity, while another 20% identify with no religion.

The currency of Botswana is the Pula.

Meeting and Greeting Etiquette

Shake hands with eye contact and with a pleasant smile.

Take your time with greetings. There is no hurry.

Women may choose not to shake hands, preferring to lower their eyes and nod. Wait before extending your hand and follow her lead.

Dress Etiquette

Dress conservatively in Botswana. Short skirts and dresses are frowned upon.

Shorts are fine for walking safaris, but otherwise men wear long trousers and women wear long skirts.