Hello and welcome to ‘Map Monday’. This was inspired by the current pandemic and lockdowns and the inability to travel. I will share one book each week with you that is set somewhere different to where I live. I’ll chat a bit about the book and throw some interesting facts out there about the place. I hope you enjoy travelling through books with me…
This week I’ve picked Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan which is based in Botswana!
In a luxury lodge on Botswana’s sun-soaked plains, four friends reunite for a birthday celebration…
THE BIRTHDAY GIRL
Has it all, but chose love over her friends…
Feels the walls of her flat and classroom closing in…
Loves her baby, but desperately needs a break…
Yearns for adventure after suffering for too long…
Arriving at the safari lodge, a feeling of unease settles over them. There’s no sign of the party that was promised. There’s no phone signal. They’re alone, in the wild.
THE HUNT IS ON.
Interesting Facts about Botswana:
- Botswana is home to the densest elephant population in the world
- It is a completely landlocked country in South Africa
- Nearly 40% of Botswana is made up of national parks and wildlife reserves
- Botswana holds a number of world records including the world’s largest salt pans, the world’s largest inland delta and the world’s shortest border
- The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are one of the largest salt pans in the world, stretching over an area of 12,000 km2
- Botswana is the worlds biggest diamond producing country in terms of value and the second biggest in terms of production
- Taylor Swift’s music video ‘Wildest Dreams’ was shot in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
- Botswana became independent in 1966, which makes it the oldest democratic state in Africa
- The Okavango Delta; a wet marsh/swamp-like area in Botswana is the largest inland delta in the world
- Botswana has a population of around 2 million people
- The national animal is the zebra. This has to do with the black and white stripes showing the racial harmony
- One of the landlocked borders is with Zambia and is only 150 meters long!