Map Monday #9

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!

Book Synopsis:

In a luxury lodge on Botswana’s sun-soaked plains, four friends reunite for a birthday celebration…

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.


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!

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