BOTSWANA

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Situated in the southern reaches of Africa, Botswana is renowned for its pristine wilderness areas, characterised by deep lagoons, wetlands, lush palms, rugged hills, and desert plains. The country’s primary tourist drawcard is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari Desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world.

These natural wonders provide a tranquil haven for an abundance of African wildlife to thrive. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti Plains, which host a significant pride of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills, where 4,500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

CLIMATE

Botswana's climatic pattern is typical of southern Africa, although its rainfall is less than that of countries further east.
The best time for big game safaris is during September and October, although October can feel very hot, with maximum temperatures approaching 40°C.

April and May are also generally lovely, with clear skies, green landscapes, and comfortable night time temperatures.

CUISINE

Beef and goat are popular meats and are generally enjoyed with the local staples, millet and sorghum porridge.
Safari lodges and camps serve international-style cuisine, generally of an extremely high standard, along with local beer and imported wine and spirits.

Tap water is considered safe to drink, although it is preferred that guests drink bottled water to prevent any health or safety risks.

CURRENCY

Botswana's currency is Pula (which means 'rain' in Setswana).

The US dollar, Euros, British Pound, and South African Rand can easily be converted to Pula at main commercial banks or foreign exchange bureaus.

DRESS

Lightweight, light-coloured cottons are preferable during summer months as temperatures rise to 40°C.
Attention should be given to sun protection. Good-quality sunscreen, sun lotion, and polarised sunglasses are essential.

From May to August, night time temperatures can fall below 0°C. Warm jerseus and jackets are vital, especially on morning and evening game drives.

ELECTRICITY

'Type' M South African plugs and sockets are used in Botswana.

Travel plug adapters are essential for all appliances that do not match the shape of the 'Type M' South African plug and socket.

INTERNET

Some hotels, lodges and guest houses offer internet access or WiFi (free or paid).
Internet access in more remote rural areas is often hard to come by.

TRANSPORT

Public transport in Botswana is confined to main roads between major population centres.
Major airports are located in Maun, Kasane, and Gabarone, while smaller charter flights are used to get to the other top attractions and camps.

Most lodges offer transportation services to and from the airport.

ABOUT US

Outdoor Africa was formed in 2009 by Hayden Elliott and Peter Kummerfeldt with the sole purpose of offering safaris of the same level of quality and authenticity that they experienced while growing up in Africa.

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