Passport and Visa
A passport valid for six months beyond your intended stay and a minimum of two (preferably three) consecutive blank passport visa pages is required. Botswana maintains customs requirements similar to many international destinations.
Visas are not required for nationals of USA, Canada, Commonwealth and most European countries. However, for up to date information, kindly visit http://www.gov.bw
The official language of Botswana is English. Setswana is spoken by the majority of the population.
Water in urban areas is chlorinated, and is drunk from the tap by the local population. Still, short term visitors with sensitive stomachs may feel more secure drinking bottled water. Outside of urban areas, the water is untreated and straight from the borehole and poses a slightly higher risk to the traveller.
Bottled mineral water is readily available in most shops, supermarkets, and at camps and lodges. Tourists travelling by road are advised to carry sufficient water at all times.
In Botswana the power sockets are of type D, G and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
The pula is the currency of Botswana.
Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in urban and tourism areas throughout Botswana. It is advisable to notify your credit card issuer you will be using your card internationally prior to your departure to avoid potential card acceptance issues. Travelers should also carry cash in small denominations for incidentals and tipping. Widely accepted currencies are USD, GBP, Euro and Pula – change will be given in the local currency. ATM machines are available in most large towns and cities only. Foreign currency many be changed at banks, bureau de change, and authorized hotels. Banks hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., closed Sundays
Botswana is landlocked and has a subtropical desert climate characterized by great differences in day and night temperatures, and low humidity overall. It receives virtually no rainfall for six months of the year, with the wettest months being December to March, when heavy downpours are experienced. Botswana has winter and summer at opposite times of the year as Europe and North America, and they correspond to the Dry and Wet season respectively.
The World Health Organization recommends that all travellers be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, as well as for hepatitis B, regardless of their destination. The consequences of these diseases can be severe, and outbreaks do occur.
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (www.cdc.gov), the following vaccinations are recommended for Botswana: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies and typhoid, and boosters for tetanus, diphtheria and measles. Yellow fever is not a risk in the region, but the certificate is an entry requirement if you’re coming from an infected region.
It’s also important to take antimalarial meds.