Botswana Tours & Safaris
Map for planning your Botswana Safari
Botswana is one of the world's most
exciting travel destinations for exploring wildlife. The natural beauty
of Botswana is found in its land formations, its wilderness, wildlife
and its cultural diversity.
* to the northwest is the
the largest inland delta in the world which after the winter floods,
provides one of the wildest and most beautiful nature reserves in
Moremi Game Reserve occupies two-thirds of the delta’s area.
Chobe National Park in the north includes the Savute and
* To the far southwest is the
Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, which
ranges across the borders of into South Africa and Namibia.
The vast arid sand veld of the Kalahari occupies much of north, central and western Botswana with the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Park a popular destination.
* The Tuli block forms a long, thin fringe of land on Botswana's
English is the official language. Setswana is the national language.
GMT + 2.
220-240 volts AC, 50Hz. 15- and 13-amp plug sockets are in use.
Telephone: IDD is available to over 80 countries. Country code: 267.
Outgoing international code: 00. There are very few public phone boxes.
Mobile telephone: GSM 900 network. Coverage is limited to the main
Tourists are welcome to visit Botswana for up to 90 days a year.
Nationals from the following Countries do not need visas:
Antigua, Australia Austria Bahamas Barbados Belgium Belize Brunei Canada
Cyprus Denmark Dominica Fiji Finland France Gambia Germany Greece
Grenada Guyana Iceland Ireland Italy Jamaica Japan Kenya Lesotho
Liechtenstein Luxembourg Malawi Maldives Malta Mauritius Namibia
Netherlands New Zealand Norway Papua New Guinea Poland Portugal Saint
Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San
Marino Seychelles Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa Spain Swaziland
Sweden Switzerland Tanzania Tonga Trinidad and Tobago United Kingdom USA
Uganda Uruguay Yugoslavia Zambia.
Please verify information with the
relevant authorities as it is subject to change without notification.
Health and Vaccinations
Botswana has endemic malarial areas. Consult a doctor at least 2 weeks
prior to entering Botswana, and take precautions against being bitten by
Bilharzia is another threat in streams and rivers, and the best way of
avoiding contact is to stay out of the water.
AIDS infection rates are high in Francistown and Gaborone.
No vaccinations are required.
The best way to enter Botswana is via Johannesburg International Airport
with a connection to Gaborone. Air Botswana flies regularly between
Johannesburg, Harare, Victoria Falls, Gaborone, Kasane, Francistown and
No vehicle will be allowed into Botswana without vehicle registration
papers, if you are planning to hire a vehicle outside of Botswana, make
sure you have the correct documentation from the hire company.
Winter - April through to August - warm and sunny during the day, and
cold or very cold at night.
Summer - September through to March - days are hot and can reach up to
45°C in the weeks preceding the rains.
The best visiting months are the winter months - in terms of weather,
game viewing and malarial risk. It is during this period that the
vegetation thins and wildlife are at their most visible as they
congregate around the natural waterholes and borehole fed dams.
Once the rains begin in about September/October, the animals disperse
and the sand roads in the parks become wet and difficult to navigate.
The dress code is casual, avoid military style clothing and stick to
lightweight natural fibres, such as cotton.
A jersey or jacket will be needed for winter mornings and evenings.
Comfortable walking shoes are essential
It is advisable to dress in layers of light clothing during the day with
warm jackets and jerseys for winter evenings and early morning game
viewing activities. While on safari, avoid bright or highly contrasting
clothing, including white. The general dress code is casual but some
hotels and lodges discourage the wearing of jeans in the evening.
Camouflage clothing is not permitted.
As no formal clothes are needed, we recommend that you keep your luggage
to the basics. Bright colours and white are not advised and ARMY
CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORMS OR ARMY HATS ARE FORBIDDEN (Khaki is fine to wear).
For safety and space reasons, we have a 12 kg limit on luggage. This is
due to a weight problem when travelling in charter aircraft. The 12 kgs
includes camera bag and equipment.
Cariers insist on a soft carry-all (instead of a suitcase) with the
following maximum dimensions: 80 cm long by 35 cm wide. Please keep in
mind that the baggage compartments on the light aircraft are only 25 cm
high, so the pilots must have the ability to manipulate the bag into the
NB. Passengers who bring more than 12 kgs may necessitate the use of
an extra charter aircraft, in which case they will be charged for the
considerable extra charter costs if they want the excess baggage to
travel with them.
Guests will also have the option on arrival, in either Maun or Kasane,
to send their excess baggage ahead for an additional cost per person. If
the safari begins in Maun, the excess baggage will be forwarded to
Kasane and stored. If starting in Kasane, the excess baggage will be
forwarded to Maun for storage. Guests can then collect this excess
baggage at the end of their Botswana safari.
Additionally, a guest travelling alone who weighs 90 kgs or more, or two
guests travelling together whose combined weight is 177 kgs or more must
advise us when booking. All weight limits are due to safety factors
involved in the light aircraft transfers. Kindly note that should these
limitations be exceeded, it may be necessary to charge for an additional
All major towns are connected by good tarred roads, although traveling
at night outside of large towns can be dangerous due to the long,
tedious stretches of road, poor lighting and domestic animals that are
allowed to wander onto the roads. The roads in the parks and reserves
are not tarred and four wheel drive is essential in all seasons.
When planning a trip, remember to make allowances for sandy or muddy
roads, a distance of 150 km can be a full day's traveling. Vehicles and
four-wheel drive vehicles can be hired in most major centers, but, once
again, book in advance. Petrol and diesel are freely available.
Foreign or international driving license is required and seat-belts must
be worn. Driving is on the left.
The unit of currency is the Pula which is the Setswana word for rain.
One hundred Thebe constitute one Pula.
Most hotels and lodges will accept major credit cards but prefer not to
as a clearance is required for anything over P500.00.
There are several bureau de change agencies and all lodges and hotels
will accept foreign currency although the exchange rates offered are not
Full banking facilities are available in all the larger towns and
banking hours are generally from 09h00 - 15h30 on week days and 09h00 -
11h30 on Saturdays.