Botswana

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Why Botswana?

Botswana is affected by two fascinating contrasts. Indeed, Botswana is mainly composed by the Kalahari desert with its dry thorn and grass savannahs, but in addition the country offers a multiplicity of animal species, forests and countless little water routes around the Okavango lake that eventually become lagoons. The closeness to the Victoria Falls will make the heart of every nature lover beat faster, divers bigger and smaller national parks invite to extensive safaris.

 

Botswana’s popularity has lots of reasons:

easy availability with only little time difference + 1 hour during winter
– good flight connections via South Africa
– uncomplicated entry regulations: valid passport, visa for tourists is handed over free of charge at the airport when arriving
– an excellent cuisine with colonial historical influences
– versatile whole-year destination with amazing nature and animal kingdom – tailor-made for everyone
– courteous and friendly people

Travel Season

Good travel time:
April, November
Best travel time:
May, June, July, August, September, October
Green Season:
January, February, March, December
   

Tips before your Departure

Entry

You need a passport which has to be valid for at least six month after your departure and needs a blank page in it. Children also need a passport which has to be valid for at least six months. A visa for touristic purpose is issued at the border when entering free of charge. The stay in the country is limited to 90 days per calendar year. Children and teenagers under 18 have to carry an attested copy of their birth certificate with names of both parents on it when entering or leaving Botswana. The necessary documents have to be in English from 01.10.2016 on. For further questions concerning the entry regulations please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana in Brussels. Only there you will receive legally binding information. Embassy of the Republic of Botswana; Avenue de Tervuren, 169, 1150 Brussels; Tel: +32 – 27 – 35 20 70   With effect from 01st November 2018, plastic bags are banned in Kenya. There are large fines for everyone who brings theminto the country after this date.  

Health

Besides sunscreen and your personal first-aid kit we recommend medicine for diarrhea due to the climatic change. A valid yellow fever immunisation is demanded for all travelers older than 1 year who enter Botswana from a country infected with yellow fever. It is not necessary when arriving from Germany. The Department of Foreign Affairs also recommends immunisation against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A, when staying for more than 4 weeks or special exposure also against hepatitis B, rabies, meningocossus (quadruple serum) and typhus. Please consult your doctor, also with regard to malaria prophylaxis. An insect repellent, e.g. Nobite or Antibrumm, should be part of your luggage. In the whole country, you have to deal with serious shortage in medical and medicinal supply. We therefore suggest you invest in a travel health insurance, and will be happy to inform you about it.  

Currency

The local currency is the Pula, but often you can also pay with US $. There are cash machines in nearly every bigger city of the country. At several machines, you will receive cash with your VISA card plus PIN. Credit cards (especially VISA and MasterCard, rarely Amex) are largely accepted. Traveller’s cheques should be issued in Euro or US Dollar. At some cash machines (Stanbic Bank) you may also receive cash you’re your EC card. Before using these machines, you should check if the machine hasn’t been manipulated.  

Time shift

The time shift is + 1 hour in the winter.  

Climate

A huge part of the country consists of the Kalahari semi-desert which is located in the South of the country. This is why Botswana's climate is mainly dominated by the hot and dry desert climate, the temperatures alternate between 35° C in the summer and about 20° C in the winter. During winter's nights, it may become touchily cold, during this time frost is possible within the whole country and differences in temperatures of over 20° C between day and night are normal. Nearly solely in the months from December till March it may rain, but the borderline from dry and rainy season isn't as clearly defined in Botswana as in many other countries.  

Luggage/Clothes

Light summer clothes of cotton are recommended. For a safari, you should think of comfortable shoes as well as a warm pullover for the evenings. Please also remember to take enough film and photo material as well as binoculars. Sunscreen with high sun protection factor and good sunglasses are an absolute necessary. Please take an extra folding travelling bag for your safari, so that your other luggage can stay at the hotel.  

Day of Departure

Flight

There are no direct flights from Germany to Botswana but you can fly there from many European airports or via South Africa. We will be glad to advise you on prices for flights in Comfort/Business Class. For a fee of € 40, - we can reserve your preferred seat. We can also reserve a parking place at the airport in advance.  

Security advice

Please note that you have to be at the check-in counter of your airline at least two hours before your departure. We will be glad to send you some information on your airport. Please remember not to pack any sharp objects into your hand luggage like nail scissors etc.  

Your travel destination

Arrival

After arriving at your airport in Botswana you will be welcomed by your tour guide and accompanied to your hotel.  

Population

The two official languages in Botswana are Setswana and English. The natives should never be photographed without explicit permission. It is forbidden to photograph the president, airports, the military, the police and the ensign.  

Safaris/Excursions

We offer you an interesting choice of safaris and excursions. It is recommended to book before your departure as in the peak season many safari lodges are booked up and you may lose valuable vacation time.  

Security

Please deposit your money, jewelry as well as your documents in the hotel safe. Don’t take too many things with you and take care of your handbag and camera. After sunset, it is recommended to use a taxi instead of public means of transport.  

Electricity supply

The voltage is 220 – 240 Volt, 50 Hertz. You need a three-pole adapter.  

Telephone

Calling from Germany: 00267 / local area network / subscriber Calling to Germany: 0049 / local area network without 0 / subscriber  

Diplomatic missions

German Embassy Gaborone: PO Box 315, Broadhurst Mall, Professional House, Tel: +267-395-3143 Austrian Embassy in South Africa: 1109 Duncan Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria 0181, Tel.: +27-12-4529155 Swiss Consulate in Gaborone: Plot 5268, Village, Gaborone, Tel.: +267-395-6462  

Tip

In hotels and restaurants, the tip is included into your invoice. If you have been satisfied, you should give a little tip. The average tip is about $10 per guest per day. Normally, the driver/guides receive $5-10 per day and $5 per day can be put into the tip boxes at the lodges.  

Return Trip

Departure/Check In

You will be picked up at your hotel in time and brought to the airport.     We wish you an unforgettable stay in Botswana!