Here is some basic information that may be helpful for an upcoming trip to Botswana and neighboring countries.
The Botswana Government has a USA office call Botswana Tourism Organization C/o Partner Concepts LLC. Its’ website is www.botswanatourism.us and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call TOLL FREE at888-675-7660 (US Number).
Botswana Adventure Safaris
There are no international flights into Botswana. You will have to fly to South Africa, Namibia or a few other places and get a flight to Gaborone from there.
These are some local airlines that fly between countries in southern Africa.
- Air Botswana– www.airbotswana.bw or email@example.com or call at (011)(267)310-5476
- South African Express – www.flysax.com
- South African Airways – www.saa.com
- Air Namibia– www.airnamibia.com.na
- Botswana– Cresta Mowana-Safari Lodge – www.crestahotels.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call (011)(267)625 0300
- Zambia– Elephant Valley Lodge – www.evlodge.com or email@example.com or call 27 (11)781 7129
- Zambia– Stanley Safari Lodge – www.StanleySafaris.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call (263) 91 262 042
- Avis – Botswana email@example.com or call at (011)(267)397 5469.
- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Lucky Adventure Safaris, 267-714-93865, 267-733-61295, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Botswana– Maun – The Booking Company www.thebookingcompany.net or call at (011) (267)686 0022.
- Botswana– www.Wilderness-safaris.com or call at (011)(267)686 0086.
- Botswana – multiple sites – www.selindareserve.com or email@example.com or call at (011) (267) 6250 505.
- Botswana multiple camp sites – www.africanbushcamps.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 263 9230 582.
- Botswana– multiple cities – www.underonebotswanasky.com or email@example.com or call at (011) (267) 6250 336. NOTE: This is the most widely advertised company in Botswana.
GAME RESERVES (just the names of the main ones)
- Botswana– Moremi Games Reserve
- Botswana– Central Kalahari Game Reserve
- Botswana– Kgalagadi Transfrontiers
- Botswana– Northern Tuli Game Reserve
- Botswana– Tsodilo Hills – Stone Age Rock Painting.
- Botswana–Nxai PanNational Park- Great Baines Baobabs, (some more than 3500 years old!)
- Botswana-MakgadikgadiPansNational Park- Salt pans visible from space.
Botswana Tourism Book – www.discoverbotswanathebook.com. The pictures in the magazine are great. You may be able to see some great pictures on this web site.
Spring is September to December
Summer is December to February
Fall is March to June
Winter is June to August
Visas: are not needed for American Citizens.
Departure Tax: P100.00 ($15.50 USA)
Language: Official language is English and Setswana. More than half the population will be able to speak English to you, especially in the larger villages and cities and almost all the young people can and everyone on a Safari can.
Vaccinations: You must have the Yellow Fever Vaccination 30 days before arriving in Botswana. They will require proof of the vacation at customs (your doctor must provide you with an official yellow US Vaccination Card that you should keep in your passport. If traveling in the spring or up north you should also talk to your doctor about Malaria prevention medications before departure.
Drivers License: US Drivers Licenses are accepted and International Drivers Licenses if written in English.
Money: There are several banks where ATM cards are generally accepted with the PLUS system. Credit cards are accepted at major hotels and restaurants, but not in medium or smaller places. You should carry Pula’s in order to facilitate travel needs in smaller or medium size towns or villages as no one takes US Dollars anywhere. Seems like all Safaris’ will take credit cards.
Time: Time is GMT plus 2. There is no day lights’ saving time here.
The water is safe to drink.
Always carry toilet paper!! There is no public restroom with TP! Most private restrooms are also without TP!