General Information Fly-In Safaris
4 Night Caprivi & Chobe 4 Night Moremi & Savute 4 Night Chobe & Moremi 4 Night Chobe & Okavango 4 Night Chobe & Savute 4 Night Okavango & Moremi 4 Night Makgadigadi & Okavango 6 Night Chobe, Okavango & Moremi 6 Night Chobe, Okavango & Makgadikgadi 6 Night Okavango, Moremi & Savute 6 Night Chobe, Savute & Okavango 6 Night Makgadigadi, Okavango & Savute 8 Night Chobe, Savute, Okavango & Makgadikgadi 8 Night Chobe, Savute, Moremi & Okavango 9 Night Victoria Falls, Chobe, Okavango & Makgadigadi 10 Night Chobe, Savute, Moremi, Okavango & MakgadikgadiMobile Safaris
What is a Mobile Safari? 5 Night Okavango Mobile Safari 8 Night Kalahari Migration Safari 9 Night Authentic Mobile Safari 9 Night Stanley Mobile Safari 9 Night Botswana Explorer Safari 10 Night Luxury Accommodation Mobile Safari 16 Night Desert and Delta SafariHoneymoon Safaris Wilderness Explorations
6 Night Green Desert Expedition 9 Night Botswana Summer Encounters 9 Night Migration Routes 10 Night Great Wilderness JourneyVictoria Falls Packages Wildlife Reserves
Central Kalahari Game Reserve Moremi Wildlife Reserve Chobe National Park Okavango Delta Tuli Block Savute
The country is a broad tableland with a mean altitude of 3,300 ft. A vast plateau of about 4,000 ft in height, extending from near Kanye north to the Zimbabwean border, divides the country into two distinct topographical regions.
The eastern region is hilly bush country and grassland (veld). To the west lie the Okavango Swamps and the Kalahari Desert. The only sources of permanent surface water are the Chobe River in the north, the Limpopo in the east, and the Okavango in the northwest. In seasons of heavy rainfall, floodwaters flow into the Makarikari Salt Pans and Lake Ngami.
The main ethnic groups are the Batswana (descendants of Iron Age immigrants from Central West Africa), the Basarwa (San, indigenous hunter gatherers, pre iron age), and the Herero (pastoralists). Eighty percent of the population of Botswana lives in rural areas.
BEST TIME TO GO
The best birding months are November - March, when the delta is brimming with migratory birds
Botswana’s popularity as a destination is such that seasonal differences are not as marked as in other African destinations. Traditionally, however, peak season is from July to October and middle season is from May to June. Note that availability is at a premium during these seasons so you will need to book well in advance.
November to April is a less popular time for travel to Botswana. This is the wet season, and due to the abundance of water it is less certain that one will see wildlife at perennial water holes. Also, the heavy rains can make dirt roads impassable.
If you will be driving in Botswana, your normal driving license is accepted, with an English translation, if necessary. Driving is on the left side of the road.
Nationals of the following countries do not require visas for a stay of less than 90 days: All Commonwealth countries (except nationals of Ghana, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who do require a visa), Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, German Federal Republic, Greece, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Western Samoa, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA and Yugoslavia.
Photocopy of passport, original application form and two passport photos. All visitors may be requested to show proof of sufficient funds and onward travel/ return ticket. A letter of support from your host or host company or your confirmed hotel bookings/tour itinerary may also be necessary.
Most visitors will find the exchange rate is in their favour. Generally, you will find that fine cuisine, wine, and entertainment cost less than in equivalent establishments elsewhere in the world.
First National Bank, Maun:
Standard Chartered Bank, Maun:
Major hotels have foreign exchange facilities and most shops, lodges and travel agencies will accept traveller’s cheques.
Take precautionary measures to prevent contact with mosquitoes, like: sleeping under a bed-net or in a room/tent with mosquito proofing (remember to keep the flaps zipped at all times); spraying your accommodation with insecticide; making use of a mosquito-repelling lotion or stick; and wearing long-sleeve clothing, long trousers and socks when outside at night.
Any person entering Botswana from or via a yellow fever infected area must be in possession of a valid International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever.
Tetanus immunisation is recommended. Travellers should be aware that there is a presence of bilharzia and sleeping sickness.
Botswana does not have a national health welfare scheme. It is therefore advisable to obtain medical insurance prior to arrival. Health care standards in Botswana are high, with excellent hospitals in Gaborone and Francistown. All main towns have well stocked pharmacies, but as most tourist areas are in remote areas, it is recommended that you bring any medicines you may require with you.
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