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We left Windhoek and drove east. We passed through the Kalahari borderpost without any trouble and entered Botswana. Once a British protectorate, Botswana gained its independence in 1966 and then discovered three of the world's richest diamond mines. Today the country's health, educational and economic standards are rivalled on the African continent only by South Africa's. Our first impression of Botswana is the Kalahari desert, a hot, dry, scrubby plain. We ended our day in Maun, a town composed of mud huts, one room concrete block buildings, and small convenience stores.
A Herero woman, from a local tribe: the hat might not be good fashion sense, but it's good common sense to keep off the hot sun.
Too much sun can burn off your face.
Aerial view of the Maun suburbs.