BOTSWANA DESTINATION GUIDE
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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.
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
Tipping is not obligatory but general suggestions are as
$15 per guest per day for the guide and $10 per guest per day for
the rest of the staff.
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. Departure tax is dependent upon which airline you are
- 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
- Visas Required: Please visit www.botswanaembassy.org 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
- 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
- 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.
For more information, you are welcome
to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
POWERLESS DEVICES FROM FLIGHTS
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.
KASANE AIRPORT CHECK-IN TIMES - GUIDELINES FOR GUESTS DEPARTING
FROM SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO
Times for SA Airlink:
- Guests depart for Kasane Airport at 12:00
- Take off time at Kasane Airport: is 13: 55
Times for Air Botswana
- Departure time to Kasane Airport to be confirmed on the morning
of departure. The international standard on all flights abroad is
that travellers need to be at the Airport at least 2 HOURS before
Mack Air Flights
- All Mack Air flights from Kasane require guests to be there at
least 1 HOUR before departure. Chobe Chilwero will assist all
passengers travelling to Delta camps with packed
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
- Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris: with South
Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, & Seychelles
- The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals by
Richard D. Estes
- Adventuring in Southern Africa: The Great Safaris and Wildlife
Parks of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi,
Lesotho, and Swaziland Paperback by Allen Bechky
- Botswana: The Bradt Safari Guide, 3rd: Okavango Delta, Chobe,
Northern Kalahari (Bradt Travel Guide Botswana) by Chris
- Africa's Top Wildlife Countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia,
Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Also
including Ethiopia, R. Congo, Mauritius, and Seychelles
- Getaway Guide to Botswana: Where Time Stands Still
Apps to Download
- African Safari Wildlife Guide
- The Kingdon Guide to African Mammals
- Audubon African Wildlife
- Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa
- Africa: Live App
- Wildlife of Southern Africa
- Africa - Animal Adventures for Kids
- Botswana Tourism Guide By Sarath Vella
- Google Maps / Google Earth
- XE Currency