Botswana
 

 

 

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Time Zone


GMT + 2 hours

 

Language


The official languages are English and Setswana.

 

Currency

 

The currency of Botswana is the pula, divided into 100 thebe. Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50 and 100 pula. Coins come in 5, 10, 25, and 50 thebe, and 1,2 and 5 pula.

 

Money Matters

 

There will be little access to ATMs or banks while on safari. We suggest guests travel with cash in small denominations for tipping. Accepted currencies are USD, GBP, Euro and Pula - change will be given in the local currency. All cash should be locked in the safes, or safe bags, provided. Sanctuary lodges and camps in Botswana accept credit cards, apart from Diners and American Express. Travellers cheques are accepted as payment in camp, but change will be given in local currency.

 

Tipping

 

Tipping is not obligatory but general suggestions are as follows:
US $5-10 per couple per day for a guide
US $5-10 per couple per day for the camp staff box

 

PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION

 

For most passports, a visa is required. Please check with local authorities for details. Two blank passport pages are required when travelling to Southern Africa. Check the number of days given on arrival at the immigration desk as there are steep fines for overstaying the number of days given. Passports should be valid for at least six months after the intended departure date.

 

Weather

 

Botswana straddles the Tropic of Capricorn and experiences extremes in temperatures. Days are normally clear, warm and sunny while the nights range from cool to cold. Botswana is primarily a dry country, but a summer rainy season lasts from November to March. Average annual rainfall is around 500mm. During the summer, days are generally sunny with short, abrupt rainstorms which usually clear within hours.  Average temperatures during this period range between 20°C and 38°C. From late May to August, rain is rare anywhere in the country. During this dry season temperatures can plummet as low as 0°C at night and the average maximum temperature is around 27°C.

 

Health

 

We advise all travellers to take precautions against malaria and we recommend speaking with your GP or personal physician four to six weeks before departure.

 

Electricity

 

Botswana uses 220-240 volts, 50 Hz. There are a small stock of adaptors availablein camp but it is recommended that guests bring their own. 220 volts are available in Chief's Camp and Chobe Chilwero 24 hours a day. 220 volts are available in Stanley's Camp and Baines' Camp when the generator is running.

 

Photography

 

The main rule when visiting the Botswana is "take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints". If you wish to take photos of the local people it is customary to ask for their permission before taking any photo's. Do not use flash photography for close-up animal shots.

 

Clothing

 

Clothing should be cool and comfortable, muted colours are the most suitable on safari. Jerseys and heavier jackets are required for winter mornings and evenings. It is recommended to wear long sleeves and trousers in mornings and evenings all year round due to mosquitoes. Sturdy shoes are essential. All Sanctuary camps and lodges provide a fully complimentary laundry service.

 

Additional Information

 

Luggage is restricted to 20kg. Bags should be soft-sided.