A trip to Africa would be incomplete without exploring Botswana, which offers some of the best wilderness and wildlife experiences of the continent. An entire 40% of the land is devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas, mostly unfenced, allowing animals to roam freely as they have for thousands of years.
Experience the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango, with its teeming wildlife and beautiful river channels – a scenic flight over the delta will remain a lifelong memory. Book a holiday to Botswana today and get ready to see a sky littered with stars after an exciting day of viewing some of the most expansive wildlife reserves in the world. This country is a gem, and not to be missed by any adventurer!
You can visit Botswana the whole year. Each season has its own beauty. The subtropical continental semi-desert climate ensures that the temperature seldom falls below 20 °C. If you have problems with high temperatures, which don’t drop at night, avoid traveling in summer, from December to March, but rather visit in winter for more pleasant temperatures and dry weather.
Important Travel Information for Botswana
The largest part of Botswana is dominated by a hot and dry semi-desert climate. Winter (May to September) is sunny and warm with cold nights (depending on the region, down to 0 °C). Summer (December to March) is the rainy season with high humidity (up to 80%) and hot days and warm nights. Rain showers occur mainly in the afternoon.
Entry & Visa Requirements
To enter Botswana you will need a passport that is still valid for 6 months after exiting the country. Citizens of most European and Commonwealth countries do not require a visa for entry into Botswana. Visitors should check with Botswana embassies or consulates, or their travel agents, before departure. Please also check with the embassy for requirements when travelling with children.
Major credit cards, such as MasterCard and Visa, are accepted throughout the country, in most hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and safari companies. However, shops in remote areas and service stations may only accept cash. One can also pay with South African Rands.
The official language is English.
Electricity is supplied at 220/240v. Both square and round wall plugs are used and can be purchased in shops.
Most of Botswana is networked by automatic telephone exchanges, with public telephones in even the most remote places. Cellular phone coverage is provided by Mascom, Orange and be Mobile. Mobile sim cards are available in most supermarkets and service stations. All major towns in Botswana are network covered, as well as portions of the national highway.
For a visit to Botswana, no vaccinations are required. However, it is recommended that you have an updated tetanus, polio, diphtheria vaccine, and a Hepatitis A vaccine. If you are travelling to Botswana from areas infected with Yellow Fever, you must have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. The northern part of Botswana, especially Chobe and Okavango are malaria-risk areas. Please contact your doctor.