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A jewel in the crown of Africa, Botswana is dominated by its wildlife and scenic beauty. It’s renowned waterway, the Okavango Delta rises and falls in the ancient Kalahari Desert, the home of the legendary San or Bushmen.

The Okavango, a water wonderland, hosts many luxurious game lodges, some accessible only by air or boat. Here you will enjoy unsurpassed luxury in remote areas of the swamp. The narrow, winding creeks of the Delta are traversed in traditional makoro’s, or canoes. Round each corner unexpected sights may lie; from an individual bull elephant with his impressive, aggressive stance to the tiny antelope, wary of any intrusion into its daily forage and forever on the lookout for predators. No Delta evening would be complete without that spectacular Botswana sunset, listening to the haunting cries of the Fish Eagle, a true citizen of Africa.

San Hunter in the Kalahari Desert

Witness the vast herds of elephant at Chobe as they gather to drink in the rays of the setting sun. Huge numbers of buffalo, gathering in the thousands, are an unforgettable sight during the dry season. Birdwatchers are not forgotten and countless unique and varied species, found nowhere else, may be seen.  The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, home to vast flocks of pink flamingos, also offer unsurpassed and wonderfully preserved San artwork, a legacy for the future and a reminder of the ways of the ancients.

Gaborone, the capital, is a mix of modernity and old frontier town.  Here modern shopping malls and casinos belie its importance as the stopover on the old colonialists ‘long road North’, The Gaborone area was graced with the company of famous explorers and missionaries of past centuries, Cecil John Rhodes, David Livingstone and the painter Thomas Baines amongst them. Botswana is synonymous with gemstones and is the largest exporter of diamonds in the world. Gold another important commodity was discovered in the mid-1800s. Jealously guarding its natural heritage, Botswana has set aside vast tracts of land for national parks and game reserves, using its natural wealth for this purpose.

                                                         
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WEATHER   Back to top

The hottest time of year in Botswana is also the wettest. The rainy season occurs in summer between October and April. Dry and cool weather, with cold and often frosty nights, occurs between May and September, when the average daytime temperature is a pleasant 25ºC (77ºF). The months between April and October are ideal for tourists in terms of weather and game viewing. This is the time when the wildlife is most prolific and easily spotted around the natural waterholes and dams.

Go to our Weather Page for current forecasts and more.
                                                           

Gaborone

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GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: GMT+2

Electricity: 230 volts, 50Hz. Both the round three-pin and UK-style three pin plugs are used.

Money: The unit of currency is the Botswana Pula (BWP), which is divided into 100 Thebe. The word 'Pula' means rain and 'Thebe' means shield. The shield appears on the national coat of arms. Major credit cards are accepted widely, and travellers cheques and foreign currency are accepted at most large hotels and lodges. There are banks and exchange bureaux in all the main towns, as well as ATM machines. Surcharges are often high on travellers cheques, and it is best to carry cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Currency Exchange Rates

BWP 1.00 =

USD 0.16

GBP 0.09

CAD 0.18

AUD 0.21

ZAR 1.14

EUR 0.13

NZD 0.26


Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

Passport/Visa Note: A valid passport, return or onward ticket, and sufficient funds to cover stay in Botswana is required by all visitors.

 

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Health: The major health risks in Botswana are malaria, typhoid and HIV/Aids. Malaria is a particular risk between November and June in the northern parts of the country. There are no compulsory vaccinations, but a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from infected countries. Botswana has a good public health system, but facilities are limited outside urban areas. Health insurance for visitors is vital. Tap water in towns is safe to drink, and all foodstuffs are safe to consume.

Tipping: Tipping is expected in tourist hotels and restaurants. Many automatically add a service charge, but where not, a 10-15% tip is appreciated. Taxi drivers generally aren't tipped. Tour guides, trackers and game rangers rely largely on tips for their income and customarily receive about P25-45 per person per day.

Safety: The majority of visits to Botswana are trouble-free, but visitors should be aware of the increasing incidence of crime, particularly armed robbery and rape, in the main towns. Wildlife and livestock make driving hazardous, so driving at night should be avoided.

Communications: The international access code for Botswana is +267. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Mobile phones operate on a GSM network and are limited to urban areas; most North American cell phones will not work. Internet cafes are available in Gaborone and Maun.

Duty Free: Travellers to Botswana can enter the country with goods to the value of P500 without incurring customs duty. These include 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco; 2 litres of wine and 1 litre of alcoholic beverages; and 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.

                                                         
                                                         
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