Botswana, a landlocked country located in Southern Africa, does not have states. Rather, it is divided into nine districts and five town councils.
The districts and town councils of Botswana are:
- Central District
- Ghanzi District
- Kgalagadi District
- Kgatleng District
- Kweneng District
- North-East District
- North-West District
- South-East District
- Southern District
Botswana Political Map with Major Cities
Hhere is a brief description of the major populated places in Botswana, categorized by their respective districts:
- Mochudi: Mochudi is the capital of the Kgatleng District. It is one of the larger villages in Botswana with a rich history and culture. The Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela people are the main inhabitants.
- Ghanzi: Ghanzi is a town in the western part of the Republic of Botswana in Southern Africa. It is the administrative center of the Ghanzi District and is known as the “Capital of the Kalahari”.
- Lokhwabe: Lokhwabe is a village in Kgalagadi District of Botswana. It is located close to the border with South Africa.
- Lehututu: Lehututu is another village in the Kgalagadi District. It is located in the southwestern part of the country, near the South African border.
Kgalagadi District / Southern District (border area):
- Tshabong: Tshabong is a town located in the southwestern part of the country, near the border with South Africa. It serves as the administrative center of the Kgalagadi District, although it’s sometimes considered part of the Southern District due to its location.
- Tsau: Tsau is a village in the North-West District of Botswana, located in the western part of the country.
- Nokaneng: Nokaneng is another village in the North-West District. It is situated along the Okavango River.
- Mohembo: Mohembo is a village located on the northern border of Botswana, in the North-West District. It’s near the Caprivi Strip of Namibia.
- Maun: Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana. It’s the “tourism capital” of Botswana and the administrative center of the North-West District. It’s the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
- Kasane: Kasane is a town close to Africa’s ‘Four Corners’, where four countries almost meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is located on the banks of the Chobe River.
- Nata: Nata is a village located in the northeastern part of Botswana, in the Central District. It is situated near the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
- Mopipi: Mopipi is a village in the Central District of Botswana. It is located near Lake Mopipi.
- Palapye: Palapye is a large town situated halfway between Francistown and Gaborone, in the Central District. It’s a local administrative and commercial hub.
- Serowe: Serowe is a town located in the Central District. It’s one of the largest villages in Africa and is known as the birthplace of many of Botswana’s presidents, including its first President, Sir Seretse Khama.
- Mahalapye: Mahalapye is a town located in the Central District of Botswana, situated along the main road and rail line between the capital Gaborone and Francistown.
- Molepolole: Molepolole is a village in the Southern District of Botswana. It’s the administrative center of the Kweneng District and is the traditional capital of the Bakwena, one of Botswana’s major tribes. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, it was the most populous village in Botswana.
Botswana Political Map Black and White
Botswana Outline Map
The neighboring countries of Botswana are:
- Zambia: Located to the north, it only shares a small portion of the border with Botswana, at the quadripoint near Kazungula.
- Zimbabwe: Located to the northeast, the border with Zimbabwe runs along the eastern side of Botswana.
- South Africa: To the south and southeast, South Africa shares a lengthy border with Botswana.
- Namibia: To the west and north, Botswana shares a border with Namibia. The Caprivi Strip of Namibia, which extends eastward, separates Botswana from Angola and touches the northernmost point of Botswana.