Botswana is one of the most stable and peaceful countries in Southern Africa but it helps to be aware of your surroundings and keep your possessions close at all times.
Botswana is one of the most stable and peaceful countries in Southern Africa, however it helps to be aware of your surroundings and keep your possessions close at all times. When travelling in the cities, keep your cameras and valuables out of sight.
Botswana is an exclusive destination and government strictly regulates tourism to the country. As a result, park entry prices and commodity prices are higher than elsewhere in Africa. Budget for this; it is absolutely worth it.
Be prepared that the most beautiful destinations in Botswana can be reached by light aircraft only. &Beyond are travel experts in Botswana and will help you organise transfers and shuttle flights.
Lodges in the more remote areas of Botswana do not have electricity. These lodges generally rely on generator power for lighting and refrigeration, but this power only runs at critical times of the day. Please be aware that you will not find a plug socket in your room/tent at many of these lodges.
- US dollars are widely accepted; however, notes dated before 2003 are no longer accepted. Also, high denomination notes may not be accepted.
- Banking hours at most commercial banks are Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 15h30 and on Saturday from 08h30 to 11h00.
- ATMs are found throughout Botswana’s major city centres and shopping complexes.
- The currency is the Pula, where BWP1 is made up of 100 thebe. Please check with your hotel for daily exchange rates.
- Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels. Proof of identity may be requested, so be sure to carry a passport or some form of photo identification at all times. Credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations.
- It is advised you check with your tour operator or hotel concierge - they will know if there are any potentially unsafe areas along your travel route.
- It is wise to avoid deserted areas, particularly at night. If you are on a self-drive journey then please ensure your car is locked at all times - park in well-lit, busy areas.
- Dress-down (i.e., don’t wear excessive jewellery) when exploring Africa’s diverse cities. Concealed travel wallets are recommended.
- Stopping for hitch hikers is not recommended.
Please be sensitive when photographing people. Batswana are renowned for being friendly; however it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Guests visiting Botswana must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport. It is advisable for visitors who intend travelling to Botswana’s neighbouring countries and back to apply for multiple entry visas.
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- Carry a record of your passport number, airline tickets and travellers cheques, and ensure these are kept in a safe place.
- Never leave baggage or luggage unattended.
- Some areas in Botswana have malaria, so take precautions. Consult your doctor about the latest anti-malaria precautions.
Frequent flights link Johannesburg to Gaborone, Maun and Kasane - the gateways to the national parks and wildlife areas.
A favourable exchange rate, superb accommodation and infrastructure, coupled with a safe and stable environment make this a great country to visit.