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Travel Advice

Get to know the ins and outs of travelling Botswana

BOTSWANA TRAVEL ADVICE - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

When travelling Botswana with us, we not only plan, organise and run your trip, we are on the ground right where you need us. And while we will ensure that you enjoy a smooth trip, there are a few things you should consider before starting your adventurous safari. With detailed Botswana travel advice from our safari experts, you will be prepared for a trip of a lifetime.

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Best time to visit Botswana

The most popular time to visit Botswana is between June and September. However, depending on activities and destinations, travelling in the low season has great advantages.

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Getting to Botswana and getting around

Many travellers enter Botswana via the travel hub Johannesburg in neighbouring South Africa. Find out how to get around in Botswana to make the most of your time on safari.

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Money, Budgeting & Tips

Known as a high-value travel destination, we explain which factors impact the price of your safari in Botswana as well as other costs you should consider when booking.

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Health & Safety

Botswana is considered one of the safest countries on the African continent to enjoy your travels. Take these precautions to make it a safe and memorable trip.

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Languages and Culture

31 different languages are spoken in Botswana; luckily for international travellers English alongside SeTswana is one of the two official languages.

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Travelling with Children

A safari is an exciting family holiday for big and small; but there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at your children’s age, the safari itinerary as well as accommodations.

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Weather and Climate

More important than winter and summer, you will want to look at dry and green season when planning your Botswana trip. Find out which temperatures to expect and which clothes to pack.

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Packing List

The first and golden rule when packing for your Botswana safari: Don’t overpack, keep it light. Now find out which bag to choose, which clothes to bring and what’s the one item you didn’t even think you needed.

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Botswana Wildlife

Elephants in Chobe National Park and African Wild Dogs in Moremi Game Reserve. We share which animals you’re likely to see on safari and where to find them.

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Birds of Botswana

With more than 550 species recorded, Botswana is a great place to go birding. Find out where to see the large kori bustard, the pretty flamingo and the acrobatic bateleur.

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BOTSWANA AT A GLANCE

Size

581,730 km² (224,610 sq mi)

Population

ca. 2.25 Million

Capital

Gaborone

Important cities for tourist activities

Maun, Kasane

Official languages

Setswana, English

Currency

Pula (BWP – Botswana Pula)

Country code

+267

Religion

Around 77% identify as Christian, while 20% identify with no religion. Others follow Islam and Hinduism

Seasons

Dry season: May – October (winter)
Green season: November – April (summer)

Temperature

Day-time temperatures are always warm, between 23°C and 33°C and sometimes even up to 40°C (73°F to 91°F and up to 104°F)
Night-time temperatures fall to around 20°C (68°F) and can go below 10°C (48°F) during winter-time, especially in the Kalahari.

Important airports

The main airport is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone. However travellers mostly use Maun Airport (MUB) as well as Kasana Airport (BBK).

Visa regulations

There is a number of nationalities that do not need a visa to enter Botswana. Please consult the embassy or consulate in your home country for visa advice ahead of your travels.

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