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Tourism Levy Effective 1st June 2017

The Levy Background

The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation wishes to announce the introduction of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL)Read More

Purpose of the Levy

The objective of the Levy is to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development in order to support the growth of the industry and broaden the tourism base, resultantly improving the lives of the people of Botswana.

Who is eligible to pay?

All visitors to Botswana in exception of residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states

Where is the levy collected?

The Levy is payable at all ports of entry including airports and border posts, starting 1st June 2017

How to make payments?

Payments are done at the ports of entry through electronic payment machines through cash, debit and credit card. After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be automatically generated. The receipt should then be presented to Immigration Officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveller. The receipt will be valid for a 30 day period and can be used for multiple entry.

How much is the levy?

Travellers to Botswana will pay USD30.00.


WELCOME TO BOTSWANA

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 she is fully 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’ citizens 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