Botswana

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Exploring Botswana

A trip to Africa would be incomplete without exploring Botswana, which offers some of the best wilderness and wildlife experiences on the continent.

With over 40% of the country devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas (mostly unfenced) animals are allowed to roam freely as they have for thousands of years.

Experience the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango, with its teeming wildlife and beautiful river channels – a scenic flight over the delta will remain a lifelong memory. Book a holiday to Botswana today and prepare to stare up at a sky bursting with stars after an exciting day of viewing some of the most expansive wildlife reserves in the world. This country is a gem, and not to be missed by any adventurer!

You can visit Botswana throughout the year as each season has its unique allure. The subtropical continental semi-desert climate ensures that the temperature seldom falls below 20 °C. If you have problems with high temperatures, which don’t drop at night, avoid travelling in summer, from December to March, but rather visit in winter for more pleasant temperatures and dry weather.

Important Travel Information

A hot and dry semi-desert climate dominates the largest part of Botswana. Winter (May to September) is mostly sunny and warm with cold nights (depending on the region, down to 0 °C). Summer (December to March) is the rainy season with high humidity (up to 80%) and hot days and warm nights. Rain showers occur mainly in the afternoon.

To enter Botswana, you will need a passport that is still valid for 6 months after exiting the country. Citizens of most European and Commonwealth countries do not require a visa for entry into Botswana. Visitors should check with their Botswana embassy or consulate, or their travel agents, before departure. Please also check with the embassy for requirements when travelling with children.

The currency of Botswana is the Botswana Pula (BWP). Major credit cards, such as MasterCard and Visa, are accepted throughout the country, in most hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and safari companies. However, shops in remote areas and service stations may only accept cash. You can also pay using South African Rands.

The official language is English.

Electricity is supplied at 220/240 volts. Both square and round wall plugs are used and can be purchased in shops.

Most of Botswana is networked by automatic telephone exchanges, with public telephones in even the most remote places. Cellular phone coverage is provided by Mascom, Orange and be Mobile. Mobile sim cards are available in most supermarkets and service stations. All major towns in Botswana are network covered, as well as portions of the national highway.

No vaccinations are required for Botswana. However, it is recommended that you receive updated tetanus, polio, diphtheria vaccine, and a Hepatitis A vaccine. If you are travelling to Botswana from areas infected with Yellow Fever, you must have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. The northern part of Botswana, especially Chobe and Okavango, are malaria-risk areas. Please consult your doctor.