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Tips, frequently asked questions and general information about Botswana
Visitors from the EU, USA and any other commonwealth country do not require a visa. Other countries it is advised to check with your nearest Botswana Embassy.
Currency & money
Botswana Pula, which is divided into 100 thebe. Visa & Mastercard is widely accepted, it is wise however to bring some local currency and USD with you. ATMs do experience difficulties at times with foreign credit cards.
Mainly a dry country, Botswana does have a rainy summer season falling over the months November to March. Temperatures are very high ranging from 30 degrees upwards.
From late May to September rain is rare. Winter falls over June to August. Days are normally clear, warm and sunny but nights can be cool. Temperatures can drop to 5 degrees at night, even lower in the Kalahari… so best to pack something warm. This is considered peak time to travel to Botswana as the floods start to come down and game activity is generally good.
When to go
Considering the above, summer is considered not the best time to visit as rains can wash away roads and game is widely spread. It is also extremely hot. Visitors to Botswana are greatly reduced, as this is considered low season. The benefits being that great specials to lodges can be found, greater availability and less traffic is found within the reserves.
Winter time makes for good game viewing, pleasant temperatures in the day as well as coinciding with school holidays makes this peak season for visitors to Botswana.
It is advised to book well in advance if you are wishing to visit Botswana from July – September.
Air Botswana and SAA Airlink operate daily flights from Johannesburg to Maun. Air Windhoek operates flights 2 – 3 times a week from Windhoek to Maun.
If travelling by road to Botswana please ensure you have vehicle papers, drivers license and valid insurance. These documents need to be presented at the borders. There are many foot and mouth disease control points throughout Botswana. Vehicle tyres will be sprayed and your shoes will also be disinfected. Any red meat will be confiscated from your vehicle.
Botswana is considered a malaria area. Please consult with your GP before travelling. It is advised to wear loose long clothing in the evening, along with insect repellent. It is advisable to get medical insurance for your trip to cover you for any medical evacuations. Please also advise of any allergies or dietary requirements on booking.
Luggage should be packed in lightweight duffel bags, especially if conducting fly–in packages. Luggage is often restricted to 12 – 15kg. If you have excess luggage we can arrange storage for you.
If flying from Johannesburg to Maun it is advisable to keep all valuables and a change of clothes in your hand luggage as lost luggage can be a frequent occurrence.