Botswana is a landlocked country in southern Africa, and has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. Luxury safari camps are common, and in the Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, dug-out canoes are used to navigate past birdlife, hippos and crocodiles. On dry land, wildlife includes lions, leopard and black and white rhinos.

Botswana's Youth Go Crazy For A Rubber of Bridge
Uploaded on October 22, 2009 by AFP News Agency

The following video has been uploaded to by the English Bridge Union on May 27, 2008, and is the result of the trip of Mr. John Pain to Botswana for the English Bridge Union.


The following video has been uploaded to by the English Bridge Union on May 27, 2008, and is the result of the trip of Mr. John Pain to Botswana for the English Bridge Union.


The country of Botswana, (officially the Replublic of Botswana), (in the native language: Tswana - Lefatshc le Botswana), is located in southern Africa and is completely landlocked. The capital city is Gaborone and the official languages are English and Setswana.

The country consists of several so-called ethnic groups, such as Tswana, Kalanga, Basarwa, Kgalagadi. The country is represented as a parliamentary republic. Botswana became independent from the United Kingdom on September 30, 1966. The country was never occupied by the United Kingdom, but carried the distinctive designation of protectorate of Bechuanaland.

The game of bridge is rather a popular sport activity in the country and ranks third in the number of organized bridge players within Zone 8 of the World Bridge Federation. First is the South Africa Bridge Federation and second is the Egyptian Bridge Federation.

Note: The game of bridge has a strong following in the country of Botswana and has been played in Botswana since the early 1980s. This sport activity grew in numbers greatly in popularity during the 1980s. Many British expatriate school teachers taught the game of bridge informally in Botswana's secondary schools. The Botswana Bridge Federation (BBF) was founded in the year 1988 and organizes bridge tournaments. The game of bridge has remained popular and the Botswana Bridge Federation has been created to oversee and manage participation. In the year 2007, the Botswana Bridge Federation invited a representative of the English Bridge Union to host a week-long teaching program in May 2008. The selected representative was the manager of the Education Department of the English Bridge Union Mr. John Pain. For the bridge column of Mr. Phillip Alder, published August 29, 2008, Bringing the Art of Bidding to Botswana, please click on the following source.

Note: In two of the following short videos of this visit the viewer will be able to see the outcome of this trip by Mr. John Pain.

Note: The picture below shows a Junior Player of the Botswana Bridge Federation. The youth of the country has discovered the enjoyment of the game, the opportunity to meet new bridge players, and to participate in competitive bridge tournaments.

The link below allows the visitor to find specifics about the bridge community in Botswana via the World Bridge Federation. The link to the video on, which was uploaded by AFP on October 22, 2009. Note: the designation AFP refers to a global news agency delivering fast, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology.


Botswana Bridge Federation
The Botswana Bridge Federation is a part of the African Bridge Federation (ABF), which consists of fourteen countries on the continent of Africa. The link is to the listing as presented by the World Bridge Federation.

Facebook: Botswana Bridge is also represented on FaceBook

Sunday Standard
A newspaper article describing the first event of the year, posted March 3, 2016, conducted by the Botswana Bridge Federation for the Open Pair's Tournament in Gaborone at the University of Botswana.

The online informatory article about the efforts of the Botswana Bridge Federation can be read at this link. For the convenience of the visitor the article is preserved below as is. Date: July 20, 2016

BBF unveils new logo
The Botswana Bridge Federation (BBF) unveiled a new logo at Yarona Country Lodge in Mogoditshane on Thursday to enhance its image.

BBF president, Kealeboga Tangane said they found it necessary to revamp the federation's image as part of their development plan. He said they want to have a new image to attract sponsors and the public as the sport has grown over the past few years. "Bridge has made significant growth up to now, but it is not yet where we want it to be. We will be working hard to take bridge to greater heights," he said. He added that their wish is that each and every school in the country has a bridge club and the increase in the number of community clubs.

Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) treasurer, Boitshoko Tsiane said the new logo marked a new phase in the enhancement of bridge in the country. He applauded bridge for being one of the best run BNSC affiliates and urged other sport codes to take a leaf from the BBF.

Bridge has been nominated three times as the best-administered sport at the

BNSC awards. Tsiane commended bridge as a sport that values excellence and success as evidenced by the performance of national teams in both regional and international competitions.

Botswana bridge players performed credibly at the World Mind Games held in China last year and won gold and silver at a regional competition in South Africa. Tsiane urged BBF to spread the sport to other areas of the country to stimulate growth.

The federation was commended for being one of the few sports bodies in the country to retain sponsors for a long time. "I understand you are one of the codes that managed to retain sponsors for a long time, and that is commendable. This was made possible by your good outreach programme and good relationship you have with sponsors, so keep it up," Tsiane said.

A competition for the design of the new logo has been running since the beginning of the year before the BBF eventually settled for the best.


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