Time Zone

GMT + 2 hours



The official languages are English and Setswana.




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 Retreats' lodges and camps in Botswana accepts credit cards, apart from Diners and American Express.




Tipping is not obligatory but general suggestions are as follows:
$15 per guest per day for the guide and $10 per guest per day for the rest of the staff.




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. Departure tax is dependent upon which airline you are travelling with.

  • This information serves as a guide only. Travellers should check for visa requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as entry requirements can vary. Visas are to be obtained in advance and cannot be issued at port of entry.
  • Visas Not Required: Foreigners from most Commonwealth and European Union countries, as well as the United States, are not required to obtain visas for entering Botswana, except in cases where the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs has directed otherwise.
  • Visas Required: Please visit for a full list of nationalities requiring visas for entry into Botswana.


Regulations for families travelling with children to and from South Africa:
The South African immigration department has expressed concern about the growing issue of global child trafficking and announced new requirements for adults travelling with children under the age of 18, which will take effect from 1 June 2015.

Parents travelling with children would now be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of the child's father as well as the mother) of all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children.  When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel. The above applies to foreigners and South Africans travelling to or from South Africa as well as travellers in transit.


Below are the new South African immigration regulations concerning travelling with children:

  • Where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.
  • In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate as well as consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she is travelling with.
  • A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate.

Where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents:

  • Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must produce: a copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child.
  • An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child.
  • Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
  • The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child, Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.


Where an unaccompanied minor is travelling he or she will have to produce the following to the immigration officer:

  • Proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or legal guardian in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child.
  • A letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will be residing.
  • A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic; and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.


It is important for parents to note that unabridged birth certificate applications can take anything from six to eight weeks to complete.

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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.




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.




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.




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 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


Baggage Restrictions

Maximum of 20kg of luggage per person is allowed for light aircraft flights, including hand luggage and camera equipment. Please ensure that all luggage is soft-sided (only bags without wheels are permitted)  - hard covered, rigid bags make it exceptionally difficult to load and unload in the aircraft luggage compartments. It is highly recommended that you lock your luggage if travelling through Southern Africa. It is also advisable that you do NOT pack valuable items in your checked luggage. Luggage dimensions should not exceed 25cm (10 inches) wide, 30cm (12 inches) high and 62 cm (24 inches) long.

Please note: Passengers weighing between 110 - 120 kg (242 - 264 lbs.) please need to advise us when making a booking, so that we can in turn advise Mack Air for scheduling purposes.  Passengers weighing over 120 kg (264 lbs.) will be expected to purchase an additional seat.



According to recent rules issued by the US Transport Security Administration (TSA), passengers travelling from Europe, the Middle East and Africa to the US must be able to turn on their electronic devices to prove they are genuine,  "Powerless devices" - cellphones and computers that cannot be turned on will not be permitted on board the aircraft.

This was followed by an announcement by the UK Department for Transport regarding stepping up some aviation security measures. "In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft."  According to Reuters, TSA officials singled out smartphones, including the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, for extra security checks on U.S.-bound flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.





Times for SA Airlink:


Times for Air Botswana


Mack Air Flights


Guest Photo Album

We would like to give you the opportunity to preserve your memories and favourite moments. Using easy and user-friendly software, you will be able to create a personalised A4 / A3 hard cover or digital photo book using your personal images combined with stunning professional photographs.  Just remember to take lots of images while on safari. Once you've returned simply go to  where you will be able to create your very own book. Before you know it your photo book will be delivered to your door. (Additional cost)


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