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ABOUT BOTSWANA


Botswana (also known as “Land of the Tswana”), is a beautiful country in Southern Africa bordered by Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.  70% of Botswana’s land surface consists of the Kalahari Desert, with the Okavango Delta (one of the world’s largest inland deltas) lying in the western parts of Botswana and the large Makgadikgadi Salt Pan lying in the north of Botswana while the eastern parts of Botswana consist of picturesque small hills, African bushveld and grasslands.  Spectacular features of Botswana will include the Okavango Delta, the Makgadikgadi Salt pan, the Matsieng Footprints, the Gcwihaba Caves and Hills and the Tsodilo Hills.  Botswana has delta and desert areas, grasslands and savannas and wildlife that includes Blue Wildebeest, African Wild Dog, African Elephants, Lions, Leopards, White and Black Rhinos, Buffalos, Giraffes, various Antelopes, Hippos, Zebras, Red Lechwe, Puku, Cheetahs, Crocodiles and a variety of over 593 Bird Species.  Tourist attractions for Botswana will include the beautiful 14 National Parks, Reserves and Concessions, The Okavango Delta, The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, The Gcwihaba Caves and Hills, Tsodilo Hills, the Gaborone Dam and various National and Memorial Museums.  Activities to do in Botswana will include Hiking, Scenic Flights, Mokoro Ride, Game Viewing and Game Drives, Horse Back Safari, Fishing, Safaris, Quad Biking, 4×4 off-road Adventures and much more.

 

 

The Botswana flag consists of a light blue field cut horizontally in the centre by a black stripe with a thin white frame.  The light blue represents water and the motto of the coat of arms of Botswana “Pula”, meaning “Let there be rain”.  The black band with the white frame symbolizes the harmony and cooperation between the people of different races who live in Botswana as well as the Zebra, the national animal of Botswana. Gaborone is the capital city of Botswana and hosts most of the country’s population.  Botswana’s official language is English, the primary language is Setswana and the people in Botswana are very friendly.  Botswana is one of the safest countries in Africa as crime is low, however tourists are advised to always be aware of their surroundings and take the normal and usual travel precautions when traveling to any destination.

 

 

Majority of Botswana religion is Christian.  Botswana has a rich culture of music, dance and singing and important traditions such as cattle ownership and the consultation of traditional healers forms a vital part of the Botswana people’s lifestyle.  Music, dance and singing are an integral part of everyday activities in Botswana and both traditional and modern music of numerous ethnic groups are heard everywhere you go.  Batswana people incorporated their traditional music into church singing and beautiful soul-stirring music are heard from churches and church choirs in both urban and rural areas in Botswana.  Batswana children are taught traditional music and dance in primary school and teacher training colleges often have their own dance troupes.  School groups participate in traditional dance competitions for schools in towns, villages, town halls and community centres.  There are many cultural days where adults will perform vocally and with traditional dance using string instruments, drums and their hands while wearing traditional costumes of skins and beaded jewellery.  Tourists love the dancing and energetic, happy and infectious music.  Botswana has a well-heeled tradition of Thamaga Pottery, Oodi Weavers and Batswana women are well known for their skill at crafting baskets from Mokola Palm and local dyes.  Tourists love buying the large, lidded and open baskets used for storage and carrying objects.

 

 

When you are packing your clothes for your holiday in Botswana, remember that it’s a semi-dessert climate meaning its hot during the day and cold at night.  Pack casual and comfortable clothes and try to stick to light, neutral colours like khaki, green and brown.  Avoid white as it will get dirty and dusty very quickly and blue or black clothing will attract the tsetse flies.  Please note that it is very important to avoid camouflage or military clothing as it is illegal in Botswana.  There is a relaxed dress code in restaurants and shorts or pants are acceptable for men and women.  When going on safari, its best to wear colours like beige and brown instead of bright or light colours.  The standard Botswana time is GMT+2.

 

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ACCOMMODATION


There are a variety of Hotels, Lodges, Safari Camps, Camping Sites and Chalets available for accommodation in Botswana that caters for all budgets.  Many hotels require the tourist’s passport when checking in, so have it handy to save yourself some time.  When embarking on a camping trip in Botswana, you need to plan properly as remote areas may only be accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles and water, petrol or food may not be available.  Take all food requirements to last your stay and take at least 20 litres of water per person.  Carry at least 100 litres of petrol in long-range tanks or in metal jerry tins and remember to take spare vehicle parts for breakdowns.  Remember when doing fishing excursions in Botswana, you need an official permit.  For fishing enquiries, contact the Department of Wildlife & National Parks.  Overall, Botswana is a great destination to go on holiday and there are many things to see and do.

 

To view all types of available accommodation in Malawi such as Backpackers, Bed and Breakfast, Cabins/Chalets, Camp Sites, Caravan/RV Sites, Cottages, Dormitories, Gameparks/Reserves, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Tented Accommodation, Villa and to make booking reservations, please visit our booking page on the following link http://www.chilikutiafrica.org/bookings

 

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BANKING & CURRENCY


The currency used in Botswana is the Botswana Pula.  You can click on the link for the current rate check www.xe.com.   Notes come in denominations of P10, P20, P50, P100 and coins (thebe) come in denominations of 5t, 10t, 25t, 50t, P1, P2 and P5.  There are 7 main commercial banks and various foreign exchange bureaux that operate in Botswana.  Travellers’ cheques and foreign currency can be changed at banks, bureaux de change, and authorised hotels.  The most easily convertible currencies in Botswana is the US dollar, Euros, British Pound and the South African Rand. Barclays Visa may be used to purchase UK dollar or UK pound and travellers cheques.  Automatic teller machines (ATM’s) accept foreign visa cards and are mostly found in larger towns and cities.  Most hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and safari companies throughout the country accepts major credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa.  Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets only accepts cash and shops and fuel service stations in remote areas may also only accept cash.  Banking hours Monday to Friday are from 8:30am to 15:30pm and from 08:30am to 10:45am on Saturdays.

 

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BOTSWANA CUISINE


Botswana has a unique cuisine such as Seswaa (a traditional meat dish made of beef and goat meat) and heavily salted and mashed-up meat. South African cuisine such as Pap (maize porridge), Boerewors, Samp, Magwinya (fried dough bread) and Mopani Worms are also enjoyed by Botswana people.  Vegetables and Fruits such as Cow Peas, Peanuts, Spinach, Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Lettuce, Cabbage, Marula, Watermelon and many more are available in Botswana.  There are various soft drinks such as Fanta and Coca-Cola and Alcoholic beverages such as Beer (Castle and Lion), Spirits and Wines available at reasonable prices in Botswana.  It is advised to rather drink bottled water than tap water in Botswana.

 

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EMBASSIES & CONSULATES


Botswana Embassies & Consulates

Embassy of Angola

Based in Gaborone

Address: 153 Nelson Mandela Road, Kapamyo

Postal Address: Po.Box 111, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 390 0204

Fax: (+267) 397 5089
Consulate of Australia
Based in Gaborone

Address: Lot 20681, Unit 1A, Ramakukane Way, Block 3, (Opposite Oriental Plaza), Broadhust Industrial, Gaborone, Botswana

Phone: (+267) 390 2996 and (+267) 7133 1500

Fax: (+267) 391 4293

Email: [email protected]
Consulate of Austria

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Plot 50667, Block B3, Fairground Holdings Park

Postal Address: P.O.Box 335, Gaborone, Botswana

Phone: (+267) 395 15 14, (+267) 395 26 38

Fax: (+267) 395 3876

Email: [email protected]
Honorary Consulate of Belgium

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Plot 8503 Quartz Road, Broadhurst, Gaborone, Botswana

Phone: (+267) 395 7785 / 9

Fax: (+267) 395 7787

Email: [email protected]
Embassy of Brazil

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Standard House, Queens Road.

Postal Address: Private Bag , 475 Gaborone , Botswana

Phone: (+267) 395 1061 / 2

Fax: (+267) 397 2581

Website: http://gaborone.itamaraty.gov.br

Email: [email protected]
Honorary Consulate of Canada

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Mokolwane House, Fairgrounds

Postal Address: P.O. Box 2111, Gaborone, Botswana

Phone: (+267) 390 4411

Fax: (+267) 390 4411

Email: [email protected]
Embassy of Cuba

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Plot 1051 Semane Close, Ext 2, Gaborone, Botswana

Phone: (+267) 391 1485

Fax: (+267) 713 10568

Website: http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/botswana
Royal Danish Consulate

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: c/o Roehlig Botswana (Pty) Ltd, Plot 10242 Lejara Rd, Broadhurst Ind, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 353 505

Fax: (+267) 353 473

Email: [email protected]
Honorary Consulate of Finland

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: c/o Trade World, Plot 54123, New Lobatse Road, Gaborone

Postal address: Private Bag 00479, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 391 6195

Fax: (+267) 391 6196
Embassy of France

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: 761 Robinson Road, Gaborone

Postal Address: Po Box 1424, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 397 3863

Fax: (+267) 397 17 33
German Embassy

Based in Botswana

Address: Professional House, Broadhurst, Segodithsane Way, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 3 95 31 43

Fax: (+267) 3 95 30 38

Website: http://www.gaborone.diplo.de

Email: [email protected]
German Consulate

Based in Maun, Botswana

Address: Crocodile Safaris, Plot No.4,, Moremi Rd, Matlapaneng

Postal Address: P.O. Box 46, Maun

Phone: (+267) 686 0265

Fax: (+267) 686 0793

Email: [email protected]
Honorary Consulate of Guyana

Based in Gaborone, Botswana.

Address: Plot 5679 Broadhurst Industrial Estates

Postal Address: PO Box 1478, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 391 2655

Fax: (+267) 390 2916

Email: [email protected]
High Commission of India

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Plot No 5375, President’s Drive, Gaborone

Postal Address: Private Bag 249, Gaborone

Phone: 00-267-3972676

Fax: 00-267-3974636

Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Honorary Consulate of Ireland

Based in Gabarone, Botswana

Address: Breffni House, Plot 88, Gabarone International Business Park

Postal Address: P.O. Box 20233, Bontleng

Phone: 00 267 3905 807; 00 267 395 3077

Fax: 00 267 3905 087; 00 267 395 6721

Email: [email protected]
Honorary Consulate of Italy

Based in Botswana

Address: North Ring Road, Plot 3090, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 391 2641

Fax: (+267) 397 3441

Email: [email protected]
Jamaican Consulate

Based in Botswana

Postal Address: P.O. Box 47053, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 365 0156 or cell (+267) 71307750

Email: [email protected]
High Commission of the Republic of Kenya

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Plot 786 Independence Avenue

Postal Address: Private Bag Box 297, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 395 1408/30

Fax: (+267) 395 1409

Email: [email protected]
High Commission of the Republic of Namibia

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Main Hall, 2nd Floor Debswana House

Postal Address: P.O. Box 987, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 390 2181

Fax: (+267) 390 2248

Email: [email protected]
Consulate of Netherlands

Based in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana

Postal Address: P.O. Box 457, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 390 2194, Cell no: (+267) 71777706

Fax: (+267) 393 3805

Email: [email protected]
Royal Norwegian Consulate

Based in Gaborone

Address: Plot no. 647, Crocodile Pools

Postal Address: Private Bag 242, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 392 6298

Fax: (+267) 392 6290

Website: http://www.norway.org.za/Embassy/Consulates
Embassy of Russia

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Tawana Close 4711, Gaborone

Postal Address: P.O. Box 81, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 395 3389

Fax: (+267) 395 2930

Website: http://www.botswana.mid.ru

Email: [email protected]
Honorary Consulate of Sweden

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Sanitas Nursery, Gaborone Dam Site, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 393 1358 / (+267) 395 2538

Fax: (+267) 390 7143

Email: [email protected]
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Plot 3096, North Ring, Road, Gaborone, Botswana

Postal Address: P.O.Box 1031

Phone: (+267) 352209

Fax: (+267) 300156

Email: [email protected]
British High Commission

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Plot 1079-1084 Main Mall, off Queens Road, Gaborone, Botswana

Phone: (+267) 395 2841

Fax: (+267) 395 6105

Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/botswana

Email: [email protected]
U.S. Embassy

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Embassy Drive, Government Enclave, Gaborone, Botswana

Phone (+267) 395 3982

Fax (+267) 318 0232

Website: http://botswana.usembassy.gov

Email: [email protected]
High Commission of Zambia

Based in Botswana

Postal Address: P.O. Box 362, Gaborone, Botswana

Phone: (+267) 395 1951

Fax: (+267) 39 53952

Email: [email protected]
Embassy of Zimbabwe

Based in Gaborone, Botswana

Address: Plot 8850, Orapa Close, Government Enclave,

Postal Address: P.O. Box 1232, Gaborone

Phone: (+267) 391 4495 / 914 495/6/7

Fax: (+267) 390 5863

Website: http://www.zimgaborone.gov.zw

Email: [email protected]

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INFRASTRUCTURE


You can travel to Botswana by commercial flight or by road.  Botswana has various airports with paved and unpaved runways.  Botswana has 4 international airports namely Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, the Maun airport in Maun, the Kasane airport in Kasane and the Francistown airport in Francistown.  The national airline is Air Botswana flying domestically, and to other countries in Africa.   Botswana has gauge Railways and Roadways are in various conditions (paved and unpaved).  Majority of the major and main roads in Botswana are tarred, regularly graded and provide good driving conditions while Four-wheel drive is required when travelling in the national parks, reserves and in remote areas.  Major tourist centres, airports and hotels offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services.  There are Waterways on the Zambezi River.  Public transport in Botswana is available via taxis that will travel almost anywhere in Botswana.

 

 

The Botswana communication infrastructure caters for cell phones, landline/public telephones, fax, internet connections, international roaming, radio, television and postal services.  There are three mobile phone networks in Botswana namely Mascom, Orange and BeMobile and tourists can buy sim cards in most supermarkets and service stations.  Coverage is fair to good in most parts of the country, internet speed tends to be slow at times and all major towns in Botswana are network covered.  The international dialing code for Botswana is +267.  Data rates are reasonable, but it is always best to do downloads and updates when WI-Fi is available to save on data costs.  It is against the law to use a cellular phone whilst driving in Botswana and you will be liable for a P300 fine, thus earphones and hands-free devices are recommended.  Botswana has its own national television station called Botswana Television (BTV) and Multichoice DSTV based in South Africa, broadcasts to the whole of Africa.  Botswana has 5 radio stations and broadcasts are done in both English and Setswana.  There are postal services and courier companies operational in Botswana.

 

Plug Type D

 

Electricity supply in Botswana is 220 – 240 volts running at 50Hz and the plug types used in Botswana are Type – G plugs (“British type” square bayonet three-pin plugs), Type – D plugs and South African Type – M plugs.  When travelling to remote destinations in Botswana, it is advisable to bring plenty of batteries and ensure you have a car charger for your cell phones, laptops, tablets etc. as you can’t assume that there will be electricity at the remote destination.

 

Plug Type G

 

There are supermarkets, regional chain stores and shopping centres available in all major towns of Botswana and all basic commodities can be easily purchased.  Shopping hours are usually on Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 18:00pm, 09:00am to 15:00pm on Saturdays and from 09:00am to 13:00pm on Sundays.  There are many operational in Botswana and there are 24-hour convenience shops at most of the fuel service stations.  There are local arts and crafts such as baskets, woodcarvings, jewellery, pottery, tapestries, fabrics, clotting, glassware and san crafts for sale to tourists in Gaborone, Maun, Kasane and other tourist areas in Botswana.  There aren’t many opportunities for bargaining/haggling in Botswana, but some street souvenir sellers in Gaborone, Maun and Kasane allow it.

 

Plug Type M

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GAME RESERVES


Botswana has 14 beautiful National Parks, Reserves and Concessions.  Reserves, Concessions and Parks to go and visit while in Botswana would include: The Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Nxai Pan National Park, Khutse Game Reserve, Kwando Concession, Linyanti Concession, Mashatu Game Reserve, Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Khama Rhino Reserve and Selinda Concession.  Game Viewing is at its best during the winter dry season (May to August) and the hot spring season (September to October) as most of the animals will be near rivers, pools and waterholes.  Game drives are recommended in the early mornings and late afternoons.   For your own safety it is always advised to approach big game with caution and don’t make any unnecessary movement or noise and be prepared to drive on quickly if warning signs appear for example if an elephant turns head-on to you and flaps its ears.  Always try to keep down-wind and remember any wild animal can be dangerous if startled, irritated or cornered.  Never cut off a wild animal’s line of retreat, no matter what the circumstances.

 

 

The Okavango Delta Game Reserve

The Okavango Delta (also known as the “jewel of the Kalahari”) with its evocative scenes of extraordinary natural beauty, is the largest inland delta in the world located deep within the Kalahari Basin in Botswana.  The Okavango Delta is fed by the Okavango River (the third largest in southern Africa), is shaped like a fan and is categorized into three main geographical areas namely The Delta, The Panhandle and The Dryland.  The Okavango Delta is one of the seven wonders of the world and it’s classified as a World Heritage site, boasting wildlife such as Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos, Lechwe, Tsessebe, Sitatunga, Blue wildebeests, Giraffes, Crocodiles, Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Wild dogs, Hyenas, Springboks, Kudus, Sable antelopes, Black and White Rhinos, Zebras, Warthogs, Baboons and the delta hosts over 400 bird species.  Accommodation at the Okavango Delta includes various tented camps, safari lodges, Activities to do at the Okavango Delta will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Fishing and Boat Safaris in the traditional Mokoro.  The best time to visit the delta is determined by personal taste as game viewing depends on season, water and food availability.  Wildlife are very dense at the high-level water rich areas in the winter between June and August.

 

Khutse Game Reserve

The Khutse (“place where you can kneel down and drink”) Game Reserve is located close to Gaborone in Botswana, is 2500sq km big and adjoins the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.  Khutse Game Reserve combines most types of the Kalahari habitat with rolling grasslands, fossil dunes, river beds, grassed and bare pans and Khutse’s pans and dry river valleys are remnants of an ancient river system that once flowed northeast to fill the prehistoric Lake Makgadikgadi.  Khutse Game Reserve was declared as a protected area in 1971 and it hosts wildlife such as Kudu, Steenbok, Hartebeest, Duiker, Springbok, Gemsbok, Leopards, Cheetahs, Brown Hyenas, Giraffes, Wildebeests, Black-backed Jackals, Lions and many more.  Accommodation in the reserve consists of various lodges and camping sites.  Activities to do in the reserve will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Walking with the San, visiting the Sekhushwe-, Mohurusile-, Motailane-, Molose- and Moreswa Pans, Bird Watching and Fishing Excursions.

 

 

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The Central Kalahari game Reserve with its wild, mysterious beauty, waist-high golden grasses, shallow fossil river valleys and spectacular starry night skies is 52 800sq km big and is the largest, remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world.  The Central Kalahari Game Reserve was originally established in 1961 with the intention of serving as a place of sanctuary for the San where they could live their traditional hunter and gatherer way of life, without intrusion or influence from the outside world.  The reserve encompasses large herds of Springbok, Gemsbok, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Eland, Giraffes and many other predators.  For Accommodation, the reserve offers various campsites and lodges.  Activities to do in the reserve will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Self-drives, Tours and Bird Watching.

 

 

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary was established in 1989 by the Bangwato paramount Chief, the then Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama and other conservationists to assist with the prevention of Rhino poaching in Botswana, as both black and white Rhino (once abundant in Botswana) was on the brink of local extinction.  The people of Serowe conceived the idea to form a sanctuary to protect the remaining rhinos in Botswana and to give them a safe haven to reproduce and gain numbers again.  To date there are more than 35 white Rhinos and a couple of black Rhinos in the sanctuary, and both black and white Rhino species are doing well under the watchful eye of sanctuary staff and the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), who assist with the constant patrolling of the sanctuary’s borders.   There are accommodation facilities at the sanctuary, and activities to do at the sanctuary will include Game Drives, Bird Watching, Bush Walks, Arts and Crafts Shopping and Visiting the Environmental Education Centre.

 

 

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The very beautiful Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with its fossil river valleys, dwarfed trees, bushes, grasslands and different coloured sand dunes is situated in the far southwest corner of Botswana, adjacent to South Africa’s Northern Cape Province.  The park was officially opened in May 2002 and consists of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa, and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana.  This immense wilderness is 37 000 sq kms big and is shared by both countries as a protected area while being jointly managed and running as a single ecological unit, sharing gate receipts.  To assist wildlife with survival in the dessert, the entire park is completely unfenced allowing the wildlife to move freely along the ancient migration routes.  There are three main areas to explore in the park namely the Nossop River valley along the South Africa/Botswana border, the wilderness trails on the Botswana side, and what was once the Mabuasehube Game Reserve, now incorporated into the park at its most north-eastern reaches.

 

 

Wildlife in the park is abundant and includes several species of Antelope such as Springbok, Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Eland, Black-maned Kalahari Lions, Jackal, Brown Hyenas, Cheetahs, Leopards, Bat-eared Foxes, Lynx, Silver foxes, Cape foxes, Aardwolf, Black-footed Cats, over 170 Bird Species and many more.  Tourist facilities are still run autonomously, and immigration and customs facilities have been designed to allow travellers to enter the park in one country and depart in the other. The Two Rivers/Twee Riviere gate is the main entry and departure point between the two countries.  Accommodation in the park consists of Lodges, Camping Sites and Chalets.  To maintain the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park’s pure wilderness experience, there are strict limits to the number of vehicles that can travel the wilderness trails, how many nights a camping party can stay at a campsite (usually limited to one night), and how many people can camp at each campsite thus booking well in advance is essential. Self-drive campers must comprise at least two vehicles and well-equipped 4x4s are required for the rough, sandy roads.  Activities to do in the park includes Game Drives, Game Viewing, Self-Drive Camping, Mobile Tours and Bird Watching.

 

 

The Chobe National Park

The Chobe National Park was established in 1968, is approximately 11 700sq kms big, is the most accessible and frequently visited and is located in Kasane in Botswana next to the breathtakingly beautiful Chobe River.  The four distinct geographical areas in the park is the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuté and Linyanti. Wildlife in the park includes the famous large herds of Elephants (going to the river to drink, bathe and play), Cape Buffalos, Giraffes, Warthogs, Monkeys, Baboons, Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Jackal, Hippos, Crocodiles, Waterbuck, Lechwe, Puku, Kudu, Roan, Sable, Impala, Bushbuck and many more.  There are over 460 bird species in the park and common species to be seen include an array of water birds, the Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Geese, Cormorants, Darters, Spur-winged Geese, pel’s Fishing Owls, Carmine Bee-eaters, most members of the Kingfisher family, Rollers, Fish Eagles, Martial Eagles and many members of the Stork family.  There are various lodges and camp sites available for accommodation in the park.  Activities to do at the park would include Game Viewing, Bird Watching, Game Drives, River Cruises and Bird Safaris.

 

 

Moremi Game Reserve

Ranking as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa and possibly in the world, the picturesque 3900sq km Moremi Game Reserve with its floodplains, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands, beautiful Okavango sunsets and riparian, riverine and mophane forests, is located in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango in Botswana, and was voted the ‘best game reserve in Africa’ in 2008 by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association.  The people of Ngamiland (under the leadership of the deceased Chief Moremi III’s wife, Mrs. Moremi), were very concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral lands due to uncontrolled hunting and cattle encroachment, and thus took the bold initiative to proclaim Moremi a game reserve in 1963.  The Moremi Game Reserve is the first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents.  The reserve is a Big Five destination and wildlife in the reserve includes Lions, African Elephants, Black and White Rhinos, African Buffalos, African Leopards, various other Herbivore species and over 400 bird species.  There are various lodges and camp sites available for accommodation in the reserve.  Activities to do at the reserve would include Game Viewing, Bird Watching, Game Drives and Self-Drive Camping.

 

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HEALTH


Botswana has state-owned and private hospitals, practises and facilities available.  Botswana has one of the highest incidences of AIDS in the world, thus its important to exercise regular universal precautions when dealing with any bodily fluid and wear rubber gloves when dressing other adults and children’s cuts.  The Okavango Delta, the Chobe National Park and the Northern parts of Botswana is in a malaria zone thus its advisable to take the relevant precautions, prophylactics and to seek medical advice before travelling to these areas in Botswana.  Water is chlorinated in urban areas and is drunk from the tap by the local population.  If you have a sensitive stomach or if you are outside of urban areas, it is advisable to rather drink bottled water as the water is untreated and straight from the borehole.  There is a variety of infectious diseases present in Botswana such as Diarrhoea, Hepatitis A, Typhoid fever, Hepatitis B, Malaria and Rabies.  It is extremely important to visit your doctor ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip to get your vaccines or medicines you may need.  These health tips are just a guideline; thus, we recommend that you always seek up to date advice from your doctor before travelling to any destination.

 

 

Vaccines and Medicines:

For your own health and safety, it is best to check the vaccines and medicines list for the country you are travelling to and visit your doctor (ideally 4-6 weeks) before your planned vacation or trip to get the vaccines or medicines you may require.  It is best to ensure that you are up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination.  You can ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from any country other than the U.S.  Some vaccines like Yellow Fever is a compulsory vaccine and also a legal requirement in many African countries, and you will be refused entry if you don’t have proof of the vaccine with you, thus it is always good practice to check with the embassy of your chosen destination to find out what vaccines are compulsory.  Some vaccines may also be required for your travel, for a full list of medical requirements, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

 

Routine vaccines:

Information about Routine Vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Hepatitis A:
Travel Disease – Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Botswana, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Malaria:
Travel Disease – Malaria

When traveling in Botswana, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. For more information on malaria in Botswana, see malaria in Botswana.

Typhoid:
Travel Disease – Typhoid

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Botswana. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Hepatitis B:
Travel Disease – Hepatitis B

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Rabies:
Travel Disease – Rabies

Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Botswana, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to Botswana
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
Yellow Fever:
Travel Disease – Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever in Botswana. The government of Botswana requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Botswana. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.

 

 

 

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Botswana for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.  There are no notices currently in effect for Botswana.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic. Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel.

Source US CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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ROAD TRAVEL


Please note that when traveling on Botswana Roads, driving is on the left-hand lane of the road.  All road traffic signs in Botswana are in English.  Majority of the major and main roads in Botswana are regularly graded, tarred, in fair condition, and provide good driving conditions.   Four-wheel drive is required when travelling on gravel roads in the rainy season, or when travelling in the national parks, reserves and in remote areas.  Major tourist centres, airports and hotels offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services. The speed limits for Botswana are listed as:  30km/h in built-up areas, 60km/h (37mph) in towns and villages, 100km/h on approach to towns and villages and 120 km/h (75 mph) outside built-up areas.  It is against the law to use a cellular phone whilst driving in Botswana and you will be liable for a P300 fine, thus earphones and handsfree devices are recommended.  Drive carefully and when in doubt, obey any law that may apply.  One should have triangles, high viability vests and at least on fire extinguisher per vehicle. On occasion the police will insist that you have your name and address pasted to the inside of your windscreen.  In Botswana it is law to wear seat belts and an international drivers’ license is required other than for SADC countries.

 

 

When embarking on camping trips in Botswana, a good deal of planning and preparation is essential as most remote areas are only accessible by four-wheel drive as you will often be driving on rough terrain and through heavy sand, and water, petrol or food may not be available.  As a general rule, always take all food requirements to last your stay and take at least 20 litres of water per person, preferably more for desert destinations; carry between 50 and 100 litres of water. It is advisable to carry at least 100 litres of petrol in long-range tanks or in metal jerry tins and remember to take spare vehicle parts for breakdowns.

 

 

Fuel is available throughout the country, but rather fill up your vehicle when you get the chance to prevent getting stranded without fuel.  It is advised to use toilets that are available at fuel stations when you stop to fill up your vehicle, as the next toilet might be very far from your current stop.  Remember to take toilet paper with you as some toilets might not have toilet paper available.  Be careful of wildlife and domestic animals, unlicensed and unroadworthy vehicles and local people walking on the roads especially when driving at night in Botswana as there won’t be street lights in remote destinations.  Stay on the established tracks in the national parks and stay below the 40km/h speed limit for the safety of wildlife and yourselves.

 

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


While on vacation in Botswana you can visit the beautiful 14 National Parks, Reserves and Concessions, The Okavango Delta, The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, The Gcwihaba Caves and Hills, Tsodilo Hills, the Gaborone Dam, the Matsieng Footprints, Manyana, Baines’ Baobabs, various National and Memorial Museums including the Lesoma Memorial Monument, the Nata Bird Sanctuary, the Kazangula Crocodile Farm, the Ngwenzumba Pans, the mysterious and wonderful Tsodilo Hills and many more.  Activities to do in Botswana include Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Scenic Flights, Mokoro Ride, Game Viewing and Game Drives, Bird Watching, Horse Back Safari, Fishing Safaris, Quad Biking, 4×4 off-road Adventures and much more.

 

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

 

 

The Makgadikgadi salt pans located in the Kalahari Basin in Botswana with its stark, flat, featureless terrain, covers an area of 12 000 sq kms and is one of the largest salt pans in the world.  Makgadikgadi is a series of pans, the largest of which are Sowa and Ntwetwe and both pans are surrounded by a myriad of smaller pans such as the Kudiakam pan, the Nxai Pan and the Kaucaca Pan.  Dr. David Livingstone, Africa’s most famous explorer crossed these pans in the 19th century guided by a massive baobab, Chapman’s Tree believed to be 3 000 to 4 000 years old, standing as the only landmark for hundreds of miles around.  No vegetation can grow on the salty surface of the pans and sand dunes, rocky islands and peninsulas, and desert terrain intersperse between the pans.  The fringes of the pans are covered with grasslands and beautiful massive baobab trees creating dramatic landscapes against a setting sun with their silhouettes.  The Makgadikgadi pans are desolate, extremely arid and waterless for much of the year, but during good rainfall and seasonal river flows of the Nata-, Tutume-, Semowane-, Mosetse- and Boteti Rivers, the pans flood and transforms into a powder blue lake attracting various wildlife and thousands of flamingos.  During this time there is a clear indication of the gigantic and prehistoric lake Makgadikgadi that once was, and various research suggests that the Makgadikgadi is a relic of one of Africas biggest inland lakes in history.  Archaeological sites on the pans boasting with early man’s tools and bones of the fish and animals he ate indicates that humans have inhabited areas of the pans since the Stone age.  Human inhabitation has continued to the present day as a number of villages, including Mopipi, Mmatshumo, Nata, Gweta and Rakops are situated on the fringes of the Makgadikgadi pans.

 

 

Tsodilo Hills

 

 

The mystifying and captivating Tsodilo Hills was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002 because of its tremendous historical and cultural importance.  The Tsodilo Hills consist of three main hills (Male, Female, and Child) and archaeological research estimates that Tsodilo Hills have been inhabited for the past 100 000 years, as pottery, iron, glass beads, shell beads, carved bone and stone tools date back 90 000 years, and archaeological excavations also reveal over 20 mines that extracted specularite (a glittery iron-oxide derivative that was used in early times as a cosmetic), making this one of the world’s oldest historical sites.  The San (the original inhabitants) and the Hambukushu people have periodically occupied the Tsodilo Hills for the past 200 years and believe that the hills are a sacred, mystical place where ancestral spirits dwell as their ancestors put paintings on the rock face and performed religious rituals to ask for assistance, and for rain.  There are approximately 4 000 rock paintings comprising red finger paintings done mainly in the first millennium AD, and geometrics representing thousands of years of human inhabitation.  While it is almost certain that most paintings were done by the San, some were painted by the pastoral Khoe who later settled in the area.

 

 

The inaccessibility of many of the paintings may be linked to their religious significance, as many paintings are isolated figures and wild and domestic animals, and other paintings are scenes, but few seem to tell a story, as many are outlined schematic designs and geometrical patterns.  Two of the most famous images painted are the Rhino polychromes and the Eland panel with the latter of paintings situated on a soaring cliff that overlooks the African wilderness.  There are 3 walking trails at the Tsodilo Hills namely the Rhino Trail, Lion Trail and the cliff Trail, and its recommended that you take a guide with you to walk the trails and see the paintings. There is a small museum at the entrance to the site and the main campsite at Museum Headquarter has ablutions and water, while the three other smaller campsites have no facilities.

 

 

Gcwinhaba Caves and Aha Hills

 

 

Gcwihaba located in the Kalahari region in Botswana, is a fascinating underground labyrinth of caverns, pits, linked passages, fantastical stalagmite and stalactite formations and beautifully coloured flowstones that appear like waterfalls of rock.  Formed during the pleistocene Age when the area was much wetter, Gcwihaba has been part of the Kalahari ecosystem for almost three million years. Gcwihaba is a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site and a designated National Monument as archaeological evidence suggests that Gcwihaba was inhabited by foraging peoples thousands of years ago, as Late Stone Age tools, burnt ostrich eggshells, animal bones and fossilised primate skull have been unearthed in the region. Using the northern entrance when entering the caves, you’ll find thousands of bats hanging upside down from the cave walls.  Most common bat species present in the caves are the commerson’s Leaf-nosed Bat (the largest insectivorous bat in Southern Africa), the tiny Dent’s Horseshoe Bat and the Egyptian Slit-faced Bat. The bats are harmless and as you approach, they will screech and flee through the dusty darkness.  Upon exploring the caves further, you will find that some caverns are up to 10 metres high, and some are so tiny that one needs to squeeze or crawl on the belly to get through them.  Some stalactites measure up to six metres in height meeting the other stalagmites to form organic columns that seem to support the entire cave roof.  Ghanzi farmer, Martinus Drotsky was the first European to be shown the caves by the Kung San in 1934 and therefor the main cavern is called ‘Drotsky’s cavern.  The Aha Hills lie about 50 kms northwest of Gcwihaba and straddles the Botswana/Namibia border.  The Aha Hills cover an area of approximately 245 sq kms and splitted by weathering into numerous faults and fractures, they leave tourists in awe with their mostly rough and jagged appearances.

 

 

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TRAVEL ADVISORIES AND ALERTS


If you would like any travel advice or real time alerts, please click on any of the following links below:

Advisories

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/botswana

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/botswana-travel-

advisory.html

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Botswana.html

 

Customs

http://www.gov.bw/Visitors/Topics/Entry-Requirements/Entry-Requirements

U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office
http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

US Department of State Travel Advisories
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories

https://www.gov.uk/world/botswana

http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/southern/Pages/botswana.aspx

https://safetravel.govt.nz/botswana

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/botswana

https://voyage.gc.ca/destinations/botswana

 

Current News within Botswana

allAfrica.com: Botswana

Botswana Gazette

Daily News
Official Botswana news.

Mmegi
Daily independent newspaper in Botswana.

 

Driving In Botswana

http://www.adcidl.com/Driving-in-botswana.html

Emergencies

Ambulance 997 (Toll Free)
Police 999 (Toll Free)
Fire Brigade 998 (Toll Free)
Medical Rescue 911 (Toll Free)
Medical Air Rescue 390-1601
Mascom 122
Orange 112
Be Mobile 1333

Health

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/botswana

Tourism

http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw

https://www.facebook.com/BotswanaTourism

 

Useful Environmental and Nature Links

Birdlife Botswana
BirdLife Botswana strives to conserve Botswana’s birds and their habitats.

Cheetah Conservation Botswana
Conserving the wild cheetah population of Botswana.

Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS)
Oldest environmental NGO in Botswana for the conservation of Botswana’s environment and wildlife resources.

Living With Elephants Foundation
Explore the relationship between the African Elephant and people.

Somarelang Tikologo
Environment Watch Botswana, a NGO that aims to monitor, protect and increase awareness about Botswana’s environment. Site offline, for information use the Wikipedia entry for Somarelang Tikologo

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USEFUL PHRASES IN BOTSWANA

 

A collection of useful phrases in Tswana, a Bantu language spoken in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.  Translations have been kindly supplied by Simon Ager at Omniglot. Notes: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person), >m = said to males, >f = said to females. The words rra (sir) and mma (madam) are used in formal phrases.

Useful phrases in Tswana

 

English Setswana (Tswana)
Welcome O amogetswe (sg)
Le amogetswe (pl)
Hello (General greeting) Dumela
How are you? O tsogile jang (sg)
Le kae? (sg)
Le tsogile jang? (pl)
Reply to ‘How are you?’ Ke tsogile sentle (sg)
Re teng (sg)
Re tsogile sentle (pl)
Long time no see Ke kgale re sa bonane
What’s your name? Leina le gago ke mang? (frm)
O mang? (inf)
My name is … Leina la me ke …
Where are you from?< Ko gae ke kae?
I’m from … Ke tswa ko …
Pleased to meet you Ke itumelela go goitsi
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Dumêla rra (frm>m)
Dumêla mma (frm>f)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Thupama e e monate
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Muitsibowa a a monate
Good night Borôkô!
Robala sentle (sleep well)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Tsamaya sentle (go well – said when leaving)
Sala sentle (stay well – said when staying)
Go siame (see you)
Ke tla go bona (see you)
Ke tla go bôna kamoso (see you tomorrow)
Ke tla go bôna kgantele (see you later)
Good luck! Masego ke ao
O nne le masego
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Pholo e ntle!
Have a nice day Tlhôla sentle
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Itumelele dijo
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Tselatshweu
Tsmaya sentle (go peacefully)
I understand Ke a tlhaloganya
I don’t understand Ga ke tlhaloganye
I don’t know Ga ke itse sepe
Please speak more slowly Bua ka bonya
Please say that again Ke kopa o boeletse gape
Please write it down Ke kopa o e kwale fa fatshe
Do you speak Tswana? A o bua Setswana?
Yes, a little
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)
Ee, fela ga nnyane
How do you say … in Tswana? Wa bo o reng … ka Setswana?
Excuse me Intshwarele
How much is this? E ke bokae?
Sorry Ke kopa tshwarelo
Please Tswêê-tswêê
Thank you Ke a leboga, rra (frm>m)
Ke a leboga, mma (frm>f)
Ke itumetse, rra (frm>m)
Ke itumetse, mma (frm>f)
Reply to thank you Ke itumetse, rra (frm>m)
Ke itumetse, mma (frm>f)
Where’s the toilet / bathroom? Ntlwana ya boitiketso e kae?
This gentleman will pay for everything Lekau le le tsile go duela tsotlhe
This lady will pay for everything Lekgarebe le le tsile go duela tsotlhe
Would you like to dance with me? A ga o batle go bina?
I miss you Ke go gopotse
I love you Ke a go rata
Get well soon O fole ka potlako
Go away! Tsamaya kwa!
Leave me alone! Ntlogele!
Help! Nthuse!
Fire! Molelo!
Stop! Ema!
Call the police! Bitsa mapodisi!
Christmas and New Year greetings Keresemose e e monate le ngwaga o o itumedisang
Easter greetings Malatsi a paseka aa itumedisang
Birthday greetings Letsatsi la tswalo lele monate
One language is never enough Laleme le le lengwe ga le a lekanela
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mokoro wa me o tletse ditlhapi

Tswana phrases and corrections provided by Peter Ndukulu, with additional phrases and corrections by Kgamanyane Ntsie and Hendrick Matlhomola Mantsho

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

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VISAS


Please be aware that the information noted below is applicable to tourist visas only.  If you’re planning on working, studying, volunteering or living in Botswana, you’ll need a different type of visa altogether that requires additional documentation and must be applied for in advance.  You can contact your embassy for more information or see the following link http://www.gov.bw

 

Visa free entry is available for entry for passport holders from:

 

Countries Whose Citizens Do NOT Require a Visa to Enter Botswana

AngolaIcelandRomania
RussiaArgentinaIsrael
ItalySan MaricoAustria
BahamasJapanSeychelles
Sierra LeoneBarbadosKiribati
KuwaitSlovak RepublicBelize
BrazilLesothoSolomon Islands
South AfricaBulgariaLithuania
LuxembourgSouth SudanChile
Costa RicaMalaysiaSt. Kitts & Nevis
St. LuciaCubaMalta
MauritiusSwazilandCzech Republic
DenmarkMonacoSwitzerland
TanzaniaDominican RepublicNamibia
NauruTrinidad & TobagoFinland
FranceNew ZealandTuvalu
UgandaGermanyOman
Papua New GuineaUnited KingdomGrenada
GuyanaPeruUruguay
VanuatuHong KongPortugal
QatarYugoslaviaZambia
Antigua & BarbudaIrelandSamoa
AustraliaJamaicaSaudi Arabia
BahrainKenyaSingapore
BelgiumLatviaSlovenia
Brunei DarussalamLiechtensteinSouth Korea (Republic)
CanadaMalawiSpain
CroatiaMaldivesSt. Vincent & The Grenadines
CyprusMexicoSweden
DominicaMozambiqueTonga
EstoniaNetherlandsTurkey
GambiaNorwayUnited Arab Emirates
GreeceParaguayUnited States of America
Holy SeaPolandVenezuela
HungaryZimbabwe

 

For more information you can visit the following link : http://www.bitc.co.bw/list-countries-do-not-require-visa-botswana

 

 

The following passport holders need to arrange a visa in advance:

 

Countries Whose Citizens DO Require a Visa to Enter Botswana

AfghanistanGuatemalaSao Tome & Principe
SenegalAlgeriaGuinea Bissau
HaitiSomaliaArmenia
AzerbaijanIndiaSudan
SumatraBelarusIran
IraqSyriaBhutan
BoliviaKazakhstanTajikistan
ThailandBurkina FasoLaos (Lao People's Dem.)
LebanonTunisiaCambodia
CameroonLibyaUkraine
UzbekistanCentral African RepublicMadagascar
MaliVietnamChina
ColombiaMicronesiaComoros
MongoliaCongo (Republic of)Montenegro
DijiboutiMyanmar (Burma)Ecuador
NicaraguaEl SalvadorNiger
EritreaNorth Korea (Dem. People's Rep. of)Ethiopia
PalauGabonPanama
GhanaRwandaGuinea
AndorraSri LankaIndonesia
BeninTaiwanKyrgyzstan (Kirghizia)
BurundiTurkmenistanMacedonia
ChadYemenDRC (Democratic Republic of Congo)
MoroccoEgyptNigeria
Fiji IslandPhilippinesAlbania
SerbiaHondurasBangladesh
SurinameJordanBosnia & Herzegovina
TogoLiberiaCape Verde
Vatican CityMauritaniaMoldova
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)NepalEquatorial Guinea
PakistanGeorgia

 

 

Notice on Visas and Permits to Botswana:

Applicants are advised to give twenty-one (21) working days to process the application. Any Visa granted on this application will be subjected to compliance with the immigration regulations of the Republic of Botswana. In the case of a lost or damaged Visa or Permit, the applicant will be required to pay P1,500, and an equivalency of US $321, to have their Visa or Permit reproduced. Please contact the nearest Botswana Embassy while abroad and any immigration office if in Botswana.

General Requirements for a Visa Application

  1. Fully completed visa application form (Form 1)
  2. Certified (notarized) copy of passport page of applicant (showing names, validity & photograph of bearer)
  3. The original passport may be sent at the same time with the application or once the visa is approved.
  4. Cover letter from the applicant.
  5. If applicant previously applied for a Visa – PLEASE ATTACH THE COPY OF THE VISA OUTCOME.
  6. If coming by road, specify on the cover letter and include your contacts, e.g. telephone number.
  7. Travel schedule/flight itinerary/hotel bookings.
  8. Include a prepaid/self addressed shipping label or envelope to return your passport.
  9. Finger prints will be captured at the point of entry in Botswana (Applicants will be required to have their finger captured as one of the requirements).
  10. The passport must have the validity of six months and more with three or more unused pages.
  11. Applicants who would not be collecting their visa (endorsed in the Passport) should write a letter authorizing someone to collect their Visa and Passport. The letter should include full names, ID or passport numbers and contact numbers.
  12. PLEASE READ http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/tourismlevy
  13. NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS TRAVELING THROUGH ALL BOTSWANA POINTS OF ENTRY
  • Minors traveling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates.
  • In the event that one parent is not traveling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. Temporary guardianship must be given if both parents are not traveling with the minor, as well as the above mentioned requirements. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

Visa Charges

  • Diplomatic Visa: Free
  • Official Visa: Free
  • Visitors; Tourist and Employment Visa: $107 NON-REFUNDABLE Money Order payable to Embassy of Botswana
  • Business and Investment Visa: $150 NON-REFUNDABLE Money Order payable to Embassy of Botswana

Additional Requirements

Visitors

  1. Invitation letter from the host
  2. Sworn statement from the host (personal appearance of the host to the nearest immigration office in Botswana to fill in the affidavit)
  3. A copy of hotel/lodge bookings or state residential address where the applicant will be staying
  4. A certified copy of the host, national identity/residence permit, work permit/exemption certificate/naturalization certificate
  5. Copies of certified marriage and birth certificates (in case of married couples/dependants)
  6. Certified copies of ordination certificates of religious leaders
  7. Business profile if coming to establish a business (host)
  8. Return visa or residence permit from the country of residence

Business

  1. Invitation letter from the host or facilitator in Botswana
  2. Business profile if coming to establish a business
  3. Certified copies of ordination certificate for religious leaders
  4. Labour clearance/exemption if coming for a month or more
  5. Meeting schedule if coming to attend or organize a meeting
  6. Certified copies of Certificate of Incorporation, Trade License, Share Certificate of host if running a business

Employment

  1. Waiver from department of labour and social security or copies of work and residence permits
  2. Letter of confirmation of employment/contract of employment or offer letter
  3. Copies of RELEVANT qualifications

Investors

  1. Copies of work and residence permits
  2. Certified copies of certificate of incorporation, trade license, share certificate, list of directors, bank statement

Tourists

  1. Tour plan or copy of travel schedule
  2. Confirmation of bookings at hotels/lodges

Notes

  • Visa fee is non-refundable.
  • Allow at least 21 working days for visa processing.
  • Personal checks are not accepted.
  • No visa fee charged for diplomatic and the United Nations passport holder travelling on official business
  • Yellow fever vaccination is not a requirement to enter Botswana.
  • Malaria shots are advised.

 

 

NB! If you are traveling with minor children to or from South Africa or even if your travels are just “in transit” through South Africa, then please read the following guidelines on the link below.

 

Immigration Leaflet

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WEATHER


Botswana experiences both temperature and weather extremes throughout the year. The wet, rainy summer season in Botswana begins in November and ends in March and is characterized with high humidity and daily temperatures often exceeding 40°C (104°F).  During the morning period humidity ranges from 60 to 80% and during the afternoon humidity drops to between 30 and 40%.  The in-between periods (April/early May and September/October) are still dry and the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter.  The dry winter season in Botswana begins in May and ends in August and is characterized by sunny, warm days with clear skies and cold nights where temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas.  In the winter season, humidity ranges between 40 and 70% during the morning and fall to between 20 and 30% in the afternoon.  Visitors are advised to pack gloves and extra layers of clothing for the winter evenings.  For tourists, the best visiting times for Game Viewing in Botswana is during the dry months (April – October), and the best visiting times for Bird Watching in Botswana is during the wet rainy season (November – March).  For updated current weather reports, check the Botswana Met Service on the following link http://www.info.bw/~mettest/

 

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