What to Bring?

Summers are very hot - lightweight cotton clothing and a lightweight jacket; winters are mild, yet cold in the early evening and monrings - trousers, long-sleeved shirts, pullovers and a very warm jacket. Comfortable walking shoes and sandals/slops. Sunhat, sunscreen and after-sun. Malaria precautions, insect repellent, lip balm, water, purification tablets and a basic first-aid kit.

When is the best time to visit?

Botswana is a year round tourism destination: There isn't one best time to visit, Peak game viewing in northern Botswana is July-October, when animals gather around available water sources and grasses are low. December to March is a superb time to visit for birders, photography, viewing animals with their young ones anywhere, game viewing in central Botswana and for people travelling on budget.

How are the weather conditions?

In winter/dry season (June – August),day time temperatures usually are pleasantly mild, around 23 degrees, night time lows are 5 degrees sometimes lower. (From June – October), rains are rear anywhere in the country. In summer/green season (November – March) temperatures usually range 18 – 35 degrees, expect hot, sunny days and frequent short abrupt rainstorms which usually clear within hours.

What is the entry requirement for travelers visiting Botswana?

A passport valid for six months beyond your intended stay and a minimum of two months (Preferably three months) consecutive blank passport visa pages required. Botswana maintains customs requirements similar to many international destinations.

Are visas required for citizens of the U.S.A or Canada?

Visas are not required to enter Botswana for the citizens of the U.S.A and Canada. Citizens from other countries should check with Botswana embassy consulate office or their travel agents at least eight weeks in advance of the travel for entry requirements.

What inoculations or pills do I need before travelling to Botswana?

Most of Botswana is a malaria zone and you should seek medical advice on the appropriate prophylactics to take as a precaution. Visitors arriving from areas infected with yellow fever MUST have a valid yellow fever immunization certificate. Otherwise no other immunization is required at time of this printing. Check with your doctor or health – care provider who specialises in travel medicine 4 – 6 weeks prior to your trip.

What kind of transportation is available to visitors to get around Botswana?

Most visitors on safari in Botswana will fly in light air crafts or use local private guided/drive vehicles to travel between locations/camps. The air charter industry is well developed in Botswana, offering flights to the national airport networks as well as private destinations. Maun airport which serves a huge tourist market is one of the busiest in Southern Africa.

What should I bring?

Binoculars, cameras, small flesh light, insects repellent, lip salve, sunscreen, polarized sun glasses, medications, adaptors, for electronics and preferred personal grooming items.

What should I wear on safari?

• Garments of neutral colors that blend with the bush and forests are advisable for safaris and game viewing. • Avoid synthetic material and black clothing, as they increase perspiration and discomfort. • Bring a light weight jacket and or jersey for unexpected temperature changes or rain. • Trousers (Long or convertible) long sleeved shirts/blouses are good for all seasons. • October through March – Light weight, light colored cotton are preferable as it can get quiet hot. • May – August night temperatures may be quiet chilly, so warm jackets and jerseys are vital, especially on morning & evening game drives. • Closed and comfort walking shoes or gym shoes are a must in all seasons. • Special attention should be given to protection from the sun: wearing a brimmed sun hat is preferable to baseball caps.

Is travel insurance necessary?

It is essential for visitors to remote areas of Botswana (most safari tourism regions) to have a comprehensive medical policy to provide coverage for local treatment of a serious illness or accident, or if required, medical evacuation. Contact your travel advisor about travel insurance options.

How should I handle my money?

Visa and master cards are widely accepted in urban and tourism areas throughout Botswana. It is advisable to notify your credit issuer you will be using your card internationally prior to your departure to avoid potential card acceptance issues. Traveler should also carry cash in small denominations for incidentals and tipping. Widely accepted currencies are USD, GBP, Euro and Pula – change will be given in the local currency.ATM machines are available in most large towns and cities only. Foreign currency maybe changed at the banks, bureau de change and authorized hotels.

Bank hours:

Monday – Friday 08:30 am to 15:30 pm

Saturdays: 08:30 am to 10:45 am and closed on Sundays.

Is it safe to drink the water?

Tap water throughout Botswana is safe to drink, However Bottled mineral water is ready available in most shops, super markets and at camps and lodges. Tourists travelling by road are advised to carry sufficient water at all times.