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We are a very passionate, peace loving people who value our environment and natural resources and welcome you to our pride and your destination BOTSWANA!

Botswana is a favourite safari destination because it is committed to wildlife conservation and is rich in unique landscapes teeming with some of the best wildlife Africa has to offer.  Below you will find useful information that we have highlighted for all visitors wishing to visit Botswana.

Quick facts:

The Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It has held uninterrupted democratic elections since independence. Botswana is still one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.
 
Capital:Gaborone (24°39.5′S 25°54.5′E)
Key destinations:Okavango Delta, Chobe Game Reserve,
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Population:2 Million
Currency:Pula (BWP)
Language:English & Setswana
 
  • Directions: Getting there

    Click on the appropriate route links below to call up comprehensive Google Map directions to either Kasane or Maun.

    South Africa:
    Johannesburg to Kasane (Chobe): get directions
    Johannesburg to Maun (Delta region): get directions

    Zambia:
    Livingstone to Kasane (Chobe): get directions
    Livingstone to Maun (Delta region): get directions

    Zimbabwe:
    Victoria Falls to Kasane (Chobe): get directions
    Victoria Falls to Maun (Delta region): get directions

    Namibia:
    Windhoek to Kasane (Chobe): get directions
    Windhoek to Maun (Delta region): get directions

    Malaria: Risk and precautions

    As with many lush, forrested, tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa, Northern Botswana comes with the risk of Malaria infection at certain times of the year. Visting Chobe and the Okavango region will therefore require all visitors to take the necessary precautions.

    Consulting your doctor regarding taking prophylactics, and adherance to sensible precautions will greatly minimize the risk of contracting malaria. It is recommended to wear long sleeved clothing at sunset, and liberally using of mosquito repellant.
    All camps provide mosquito repellant creams.
    For more information on malaria in Botswana, see malaria in Botswana.

  • Currency and money

    The Pula is the currency of Botswana. Pula literally means “rain” in Setswana, because rain is very precious in this region. Pula also means “blessing” as rain is considered a blessing.

    To find the latest currency exchange rates for the Pula – click here.

    All major currencies can be exchanged in Botswana. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted as payment methods.

  • Visa Requirements

    Aquiring a visa is a necessary requirement for most citizens of other countries, before entering Botswana. There are however a few countries’ citezens who do not need a visa to visit on holiday. You can see the list of countries here.
    For more information about your visa requirement we suggest you visit Botswana’s government website offering detailed information – click here.

    Climate and Weather

    Botswana has a low annual rainfall. However, their seasons can be split into two, the rainy (wet) season and the dry season.

    The rains usually begin towards the end of the year, in October or November. This is the start of the wet season, which runs until March or April, the following year.
    There can however be periods of prolonged sunshine and dry spells during this period.

    Typically, around April, temperatures begin to fall. May, the start of winter, is generally regarded as the first day of the dry season. The days are usually clear, sunny, long and warm (occasionally hot).

    In August, at the start of Spring, temperatures increase steadily and some days can become very hot and dry. September, October and November are typically dry and hot, leading up to the rainy, wet season.

    What to bring

    Here is a list of some items you will need, or should bring with you when you visit Botswana.

    • Comfortable ‘safari’ (non colourful) clothing
    • Mosquito repellant 
    • A good pair of walking / hiking shoes
    • Sun screen
    • Binoculars
    • A good camera with a good lens
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat

 

 

Okavango Delta

 

 

PAULA HARDY
Lonely Planet Writer

” Sitting at the geographical heart of southern Africa, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the closest thing to Eden left on the planet”

 

Makoro
Makoro Ride, Okavango

   Africa’s most extraordinary places.  Unesco World Heritage–listed Okavango Delta – the rising and falling of its waters; the daily drama of its wildlife encounters; sounds of lions roaring, saw-throated leopard barks and the crazy whoop of a running hyena and wild dogs; and the mysteries concealed by its papyrus reeds swaying so gently in the evening breeze


Moremi National Park

Named after the Batawana chief Moremi III, the reserve has been extended over the years and now encompasses almost 5000 sq km. Moremi Game Reserve, which covers one-third of the Okavango Delta, is home to some of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa and is also the home of the big 5.

 

Chobe – Kasane

Famed for its massive elephants, and some of the world’s largest herds of them, Chobe National Park in Botswana‘s far northeastern corner is one of the great wildlife destinations of Africa. Elephants from neighbouring Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe wonder across into Botswana and commonly called elephants without borders

In addition to the mighty pachyderms, a full suite of  predators and more than 460 recorded bird species are present.

Chobe was first set aside as a wildlife reserve in the 1930s and became Botswana’s first national park  in 1968. It encompasses three iconic wildlife areas that all carry a whiff of safari legend: Chobe Riverfront, which supports the park’s largest wildlife concentration; the newly accessible and Okavango-like Linyanti Marshes; and the remote and soulful Savuti, with wildlife to rival anywhere.

Camping under the stars or flying into your luxury lodge, Chobe caters for all pockets

Makgadikgadi Pans

Africa’s most famous explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, crossed these pans in the 19th century, guided by a massive baobab, Chapman’s Tree – believed to be between 3 000 to 4 000 years old, and was the only landmark for hundreds of miles around. This tree with a trunk measuring 25m in circumference  and roots that extended over 1 kilometer into the surrounding area crashed to the ground on 7th Januray 2016. Seeing this amazing tree today, you are given entry to an era when much of the continent was uncharted, and explorers often risked their lives navigating the wilderness on foot or oxcarts through rough tough and grueling terrain.

Makgadikgadi
Baobab Tree, Makgadikgadi

The Makgadikgadi Pan, a salt pan situated in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana, is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The Makgadikgadi is in fact a series of pans, the largest of which are Sowa and Ntwetwe, both of which are surrounded by a myriad of smaller pans. North of these two pans are Kudiakam pan, Nxai Pan and Kaucaca Pan. Interspersed between the pans are sand dunes, rocky islands and peninsulas, and desert terrain.

No vegetation can grow on the salty surface of the pans, but the fringes are covered with grasslands. Massive baobab trees populate some fringe areas – and their silhouettes create dramatic landscapes against a setting sun. 

The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve – with an area of 3 900 sq kms – incorporates the western end of Ntwetwe, extensive grasslands and acacia woodland. At its northern boundary, it meets the Nxai Pan National Park, separated only by the Nata- Maun Road.