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A sparsely populated, arid country, Botswana has nonetheless managed to incorporate much of its interior into the national economy. An "inner circle" highway connecting all major towns and district capitals is completely paved, and the all-weather Trans-Kalahari Corridor Highway connects the country (and, through it, South Africa's commercially dominant Gauteng Province) to Walvis Bay in Namibia.

Railways

BR Express

BR Express Interior.jpg
The new comfortable chairs of BR Express

All passenger services were discontinued in 2009, with the only remaining service being an international link to Zimbabwe from Francistown. Freight trains still operate. Passenger service was expected to resume in late 2015.[1] Passenger services were later re-introduced in March 2016. Botswana Railways run 2 nightly passenger trains, one from Lobatse to Francistown, and the other from Francistown to Lobatse, with stops in Gaborone, Mahalapye, Palapye, and Serule. The passenger train is termed the "BR Express" (Botswana Railways).

BR Express Sleeping & Dining Department

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The BR decided from the very beginning that it would operate its own sleeping cars. Bigger - sized berths and more comfortable surroundings were built. Providing and operating their own cars allowed better control of the service provided as well as revenue received, although profit was never a direct result of providing food to passengers. Rather, it was for those who could afford to travel great distances expected such facilities and favourable opinion would - well attracting others to Botswana and the BR's trains.

Locomotives

BR Express Train from Gaborone to Francistown
BR Express 2.jpg

Diesel locomotives

As of March 2009

  • 8 General Electric UM 22C diesel-electric locomotive, 1982.
  • 20 General Motors Model GT22LC-2 diesel-electric locomotive, 1986.
  • 10 General Electric UI5C diesel-electric locomotive, 1990.

Network

Botswana rail network map.svg
Botswana Railways
(Up arrow NRZ to Bulawayo)
Plumtree
Zimbabwe border
Sua Pan
Ramokgwebana
Tshesebe
Francistown
Tati
Shashe
Selebi-Phikwe
Foley Siding
Serule
Maope
Morupule Colliery
Palapye
Tewane
Gonwapitse
Dinkowe
Mmamabula
Dibete
Artisia
Pilane
Gaborone
Ramotswa
Otse
Lobatse
Pitsane Siding
South Africa border
Ramatlhabama
Mafikeng
(Right arrow TFR to Johannesburg)
(Down arrow TFR to Kimberley)

Botswana possesses 888 km of 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge railway, by 2019 figures, serving a number of towns and connecting the country to its neighbors.

Highways

Botswana "caution curves" sign.

Botswana possesses 10,217 km of highway, of which 5,620 km are paved. Since 1996 estimates, there has been a significant reduction in the total length of unpaved highway in Botswana - between 1996 and 1999 total length of unpaved highway fell from 14,139 km to 4,597 km.

Traditionally, road signs in Botswana used blue backgrounds rather than the yellow, white, or orange that the rest of the world uses on traffic warning signs. In the early 2010s, officials announced plans to begin phasing out the distinctive blue signs in favor of more typical signs in order to be more in line with the neighboring Southern African Development Community member states.[2]

Interchanges

Existing

Proposed

  • Boatle Interchange in Gaborone, its map plan (phase one) it's done, and now it's still under tendering of the project (phase two) and the groundbreaking or construction (phase three) it hasn't announced officially.

Airports

Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Botswana

In 2004 there were an estimated 85 airports, 10 of which (as of 2005), were paved. The country's main international airport is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone. The government-owned Air Botswana operates scheduled flights to Francistown, Gaborone, Maun, and Selebi-Phikwe. There is international service to Johannesburg, South Africa; Mbabane, Swaziland; and Harare, Zimbabwe. A new international airport near Gaborone was opened in 1984. Air passengers arriving to and departing from Botswana during 2003 totalled about 183,000.

Sea Port

Botswana, its a landlocked country with no access to the sea.

Ferries

One of the two pontoon ferries that cross the Zambezi at Kazungula

Kazungula Ferry is a pontoon ferry that crosses 400 metres (1,300 ft) wide Zambezi River between Botswana and Zambia.

Border Posts

Pandamatenga Border Post Sign
  • Bokspits Border Post
  • Kazungula Border Post
  • Ramatlabama Border Post
  • Ramokgwebana Border Post
  • Mamuno Border Post
  • Pandamatenga Border Post

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ Passenger train is coming back, Tue 09 Dec 2014, Mmegi Online, http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=47955
  2. ^ "Mmegi Online" staff writer Maranyane Ngwanaamotho (Dec 21, 2011). "Old road signs are being phased out". Retrieved Oct 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Ketumile, Kesentse (Jan 25, 2016). Botswana Daily News Hello spaghetti, bye bye traffic circles http://www.dailynews.gov.bw Hello spaghetti, bye bye traffic circles Check url= value (help). Retrieved Oct 4, 2016.  Missing or empty title= (help)
  4. ^ Midweek Sun ""Francistown Spaghetti Junction Opens for Public Use"" Check url= value (help). The Midweek Sun. Dec 16, 2016. Retrieved Oct 4, 2017.