Botswana Travel Info
The best way to enter Botswana by air is via Johannesburg. There are daily flights to Gaborone and Maun on Air Botswana.
Many of Botswana's best safari destinations are in remote areas which are largely inaccessible by road, making light aircraft the only way to get to these camps.
If your itinerary includes a light aircraft transfer there will be a weight restriction for your baggage of 12 kg, in soft baggage. We recommend that you take only what you need (Nearly all the safari camps offer complimentary laundry facilities in their daily rate) and leave the rest at the lock up facility at Johannesburg International airport for the duration of your safari.
There is also a maximum guest weight restriction of around 100kg (220lbs) for light aircraft transfers. If your personal weight or baggage will exceed these limits, please advise us, as you may be required to book an additional seat at an additional charge.
All visitors must have a passport which is valid at least 6 months following their arrival in Botswana. Make sure you have at least two open pages in your passport for officials to stamp.
South African, US and most European and Commonwealth countries (except Ghana, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Pakistan), Scandinavian and USA passport holders don't require visas to enter Botswana. For more information on visa requirements please see this Botswana government website link
According to our latest information guests from the following countries do not require visas to enter Botswana:
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Valid entry visas for the countries which do require them may be obtained from Botswana's various embassies and high commissions abroad. In countries where Botswana is not represented, visas may be obtained from the British High Commission. Entry visas obtained at border posts are valid for a maximum of 30-90 days.
Botswana is a malaria area. We strongly recommend that you consult a doctor and start prophylaxis before your arrival. Cover up with long pants and shirts after dark, sleep under a mosquito net and use mosquito repellant.
If on your return or during the remainder of your trip, you experience any flu like symptoms, you should have a malaria test. Malaria responds well to early treatment. Remember to complete your prophylactic course - even after leaving a malaria area.
Be aware that a lot of anti malaria medication and pregnancies don't go together. If you are planning a family please discuss a medication that is suitable with your doctor.
Malaria protection for families travelling to Africa with children: Malarone has now been launched in the UK in a children's formulation and is the first ever malaria tablet designed just for kids. It is also licensed in the USA, Denmark and also has become increasingly available in Europe. For more info please go to www.fleetstreetclinic.com
Drinking water: The Okavango has some of the purest water in the world. However you may feel safer drinking bottled water. This is included in the rate at all the major luxury safari camps in Botswana.
All visitors are responsible for their own travel and medical insurance. Please ensure fully for emergency evacuation, medical, curtailment and repatriation as this is not included in our package rates
Yellow fever innoculations for Botswana: All travellers from or through the countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas must provide an international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever upon arrival into Botswana. (this includes travellers who have visited Zambia, Ugunda, Kenya and Tanzania)
-Two litres of wine
-One litre of spirits and other alcoholic beverages
-250ml eau de toilette
Self drive travellers must note that meat products from outside the country are a sticky issue. Strictly speaking they are not allowed into the country and you will be crossing vetinary road blocks where your vehicle may be searched for meat products. If found they may be confiscated.
Botswana's currency is the Pula which is divided up into 100 Thebe. Bank notes come in P10, P20, P50 and P100.
Major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club, are accepted widely. Most hotels and lodges accept foreign currency or travellers' cheques.
Most of the luxury safari camps are fully inclusive meaning that all meals, game activities, local drinks and laundry are included. You would only need money (or credit card) for gratuities, curio shop purchases and premium brand drinks.
Summer months of November to March are also the rainy season and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down considerably, although only usually for a short periods of time. Temperatures average 35C during the day (but can be much higher if there has been no rain). Night time temperatures are around 18C.
Winter is between May and August when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm with the average daytime temperatures around 23C. Night time temperatures average at 5C but averages don't tell the whole story-night times can be COLD, but can drop below freezing point in some areas, especially in the southwest. So gear up with a good warm jacket and a beanie hat for your evening and early morning game drives.
The in-between periods - April/early May and September/October - still tend to be dry, April days are cooler than in summer with nights are warmer than in winter and October can have day time temperatures which are in fact hotter than summer.
What to take on safari
If you are going on a safari where light aircraft transfers are required please note that total luggage weight limits are 12 kg in soft luggage. As no formal clothes are needed on safari, we recommend that you keep your luggage to the basics.
Bright colours and white are not advised and army camouflage uniforms are forbidden but khaki is fine to wear
Here is our suggested list of what to take on a fly in safari:
• Good quality sunglasses, preferably polarised - tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light
• Bush hat
• T-shirts and at least one long-sleeved cotton shirt preferably in neutral colors
• Shorts/skirts preferably in neutral colors
• Winter: Long trousers, track suit, warm Anorak or Parka ,scarf, beanie and gloves
• Underwear and socks
• Good walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)
• Swimming costume - a must for the summer months
• Camera equipment and plenty of film if you aren't digital - remember spare batteries
• If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust
• Binoculars (and Newman's Southern African bird book if you are a keen birder. There is also a good Newmans app for Apple)
• Personal toiletries – most of the luxury safari camps supply the basics like shampoo, soap, body lotion & mosquito spray
• Malaria tablets
• Suntan lotion
• Insect repellent eg Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc.
• Basic medical kit (aspirins, elastoplast (bandaids), Imodium, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream etc)
• Tissues/"Wet Ones"
• Visas, tickets, passports, money etc
• A flashlight (torch) and spare batteries
• Light rain gear for summer months (late November to April)
• A couple of plastic shopping bags are useful for dirty smalls and muddy shoes.
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