The Botswana Society

About the Botswana Society

The Botswana Society
P.O. Box 71
Phone/fax: +(267)

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Who are we?

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The Botswana Society is a non-governmental body, founded in 1969, that advances knowledge of Botswana in all disciplines and on all aspects of the nation's cultural, scientific and environmental heritage.

What do we do?

The Botswana Society reports, debates, collates, and disseminates the findings of recent research on Botswana. The Society publishes an annual journal (Botswana Notes and Records, Volume 40 in 2008) and other publications, and holds lectures, workshops and symposia on vital questions of national development. Our interests are broadly indicated by the sample publications pictured below. Click on the pictures for further details of each book:

Res. and Dev. Research & Development Seretse Khama History & Biography

Setswana Plants and animals Language &Culture Settlement in Botswana Environment & Ecology

Flowering plants Plants & Animals Peoples of Botswana Peoples of Botswana


The Botswana Society employs a full time Administrative Assistant for the day-to-day running of the office. An Executive Committee is elected each year at the Society's Annual General Meeting. The committee is generally comprised of professionals (including at least one accountant), academics, researchers, business leaders, and retired public officers. A Publications Sub-Committee appointed by the Executive Committee oversees the extensive publications programme.

The Patron of the Society is Sir Ketumile Masire. The current President of the Society is H.E. Festus G. Mogae.


Membership is open to both individuals and corporate bodies. The Society is entirely dependent on membership subscriptions and voluntary donations, as well as on the sale of publications and on volunteers contributing their time and skills. Members' benefits include one free copy each year of Botswana Notes and Records and a 15 percent discount on promotional items.

The Botswana Society is keen to attract younger members, encouraging them to understand and appreciate the country's rich cultural, scientific and environmental heritage. For more details please go the Membership page.


You can pay your membership subscription and buy publications and promotional items (1) at our office or (2) at our rondavel in the courtyard of the National Museum. All payments should be in Botswana Pula (cash or drawn on a local bank account).

Where and when to find us

1. Botswana Society Office at 2704 Phala Crescent

Monday-Friday 8.00-13.00; 14.00-17.00

The Society has a new office at 2704 Phala Crescent.
Directions: Travelling north from the UB traffic circle, make the third turn left, opposite the Gaborone Golf Club. Travel to the end of the Crescent to the gate at Plot 2704 and press the intercom. The office is in the guesthouse behind the garage facing the gate. (phone +267-391-9745).

2. Rondavel at National Museum &Art Gallery

Tuesday-Friday 10.00-12.30; 14.00-16.00

Our rondavel is in the courtyard of the National Museum & Art Gallery in Independence Avenue, in central Gaborone--at the western end of the Main Mall, across the street from City Hall and the Roman Catholic cathedral.

Copyright © Botswana Society 2006. Last updated 29 August 2010. [PAGE ENDS].