Botswana - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Paperback)
Don’t just see the sights—get to know the people.
Botswana is a country of contrasts. Culturally, the people are overwhelmingly Bantu, but with more than twenty different ethnic groups and over thirty languages spoken, the society is by no means homogeneous.
Culture Smart! Botswana introduces you to the lives of the people. It looks at the history that has shaped the society and shows the importance of traditional customs and values for both travelers and businesspeople alike. It describes how the Batswana live, work, and play, and how to avoid the pitfalls of cultural misunderstanding.
Have a richer and more meaningful experience abroad through a better understanding of the local culture. Chapters on history, values, attitudes, and traditions will help you to better understand your hosts, while tips on etiquette and communicating will help you to navigate unfamiliar situations and avoid faux pas.
Originally from England, Mike Mainhas lived in West, East, Central, and Southern Africa for most of his life and is now, after twenty-five years there, a citizen of Botswana. In addition to a professional career specializing in leadership and team building, he is also a keen photographer and safari guide. He has written a number of books on southern Africa and is a committee member of Transparency International and The Botswana Society, and chairman of the Maru-a-Pula School Council and the Gaborone Music Society.
"…the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries," —Global Travel
"…full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas" —Observer
"…as useful as they are entertaining” —Easy Jet Magazine
“…offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world," —New York Times