When you think of Botswana, an authentic African safari is probably one of the first things that come to mind – and there’s a good reason. With four major national parks and numerous game reserves, it’s the perfect place to seek out the Big 5 (and there’s a good chance you’ll spot them) and channel your inner explorer. One of the main reasons wildlife and pristine landscapes flourish here is that more than 25% of the land is mandated for conservation efforts by the government. So grab your safari hat and hop in the jeep – your African adventure awaits!
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Wildlife viewing is one of the (if not the main) reasons for traveling to Botswana. Lions quietly stalk their prey, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. Cheetah cubs tumble in the savanna as their mother keeps a close eye on them a short distance away. Gazelles leap through lush meadows. A herd of hartebeests grazing in the grass. You will be astounded at the array of wildlife you can see in just one day! So take out your camera and start snapping away – pictures like these are almost too perfect to believe.
- Chobe National Park
Located on the Chobe River, Chobe National Park is a spectacular spot to witness wildlife in its natural habitat. And there are many ways to view it all! From safari cruises to off-roading, Chobe offers something for any adventurer’s time and taste. Witness herds of elephants ascend the watering hole as you cruise down the Chobe River as the sun sets, illuminating the sky shades of orange, pink, red, and gold.
- Okavango Delta
Immerse yourself in the phenomenon that is the Okavango Delta. It formed due to water flowing from the Okavango and Kavango Rivers into the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Witness a plethora of biodiversity on a cruise through the Delta’s waterways as you search for big game. Watch in awe as a magnificent cheetah reaches speeds of 70 mph as it races through the lush, green plains. Search for endangered species, such as the African wild dog and white rhinoceros, aboard a 4x4 jeep. Nature lovers and animal lovers alike will fall in love with the rich ecosystems of the Okavango Delta.
- Conservation Efforts
Botswana has incredible wildlife; thankfully, its people recognize that and actively promote conservation efforts. In addition to laws enforced by the government, citizens have taken matters into their own hands to protect wildlife and preserve the land proactively. The Moremi Game Reserve was established in 1963 by locals in order to end illegal hunting and cattle farm development. The diverse landscapes and bountiful wildlife found here are two reasons this game reserve has been voted the best in Africa.
- Unique activities in Botswana
Explore Kobokwe’s Cave – Where a dark local legend and a legendary explorer collide. The caves add a unique element to the Botswana landscape, which is mainly flat and semi-arid. Learn about the local folklore of the caves, believed to have been haunted by witches and spirits. Channel your inner explorer as you traverse the terrain where Scottish explorer David Livingstone once spent the night.
Visit the Salt Pans – In the middle of the Kalahari Desert lies a massive complex of salt fields. It’s a truly unique sight – palm trees sprouted up in the middle of nowhere and patch grass dividing salt fields.
Tour the village of Molepolole – This traditional African village is home to one of the largest remaining tribal communities in the world, the Bakwena. You can also find history museums, restaurants that serve delicious local cuisine, and the famous Debswana Diamond Company, which is the world’s top producer of diamonds by value.
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|Entry requirements||Please see our Entry Requirements page.|
The northern part of Botswana, including Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, is in a malaria zone. Take precautions against getting mosquito bites, and talk to your doctor about taking a prescription medicine to prevent malaria (before, during and after your trip). Also ask your doctor about vaccinations for typhoid and hepatitis A and be sure you are up-to-date with other routine vaccinations like such as measles.
For travelers arriving from a yellow fever endemic country, Botswana requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. (This does not apply to most of our travelers, including anybody arriving from the U.S., Canada or South Africa). Locate a vaccination clinic in the U.S.
April through May in Botswana offers clear skies and lush landscapes. The temperature at night begins drop during this time of year, particularly in the Kalahari Desert. Night-time temperatures in drier areas drop close to freezing from June to October, but increase rapidly during the day. The intense heat dries the landscapes, concentrating game to watering holes.
|What to wear||
We suggest bringing clothes made of cotton, preferably in neutral colors (especially for game drives). A hat, scarf, sunscreen and insect repellent are also valuable accessories for your trip. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, by all means, take both pairs. Since weather can be unpredictable anywhere in the world and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we recommend that you carry a small folding umbrella (or poncho) and take with you a light jacket or sweater. Packing to dress in layers is another way to prepare for a variety of weather conditions. Finally, remember that the countries visited on this tour are casual, and comfort should dictate your wardrobe for the tour. Binoculars are also suggested.
|Money & Credit Cards||
The currency in Botswana is the Botswana pula. Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for "street shopping" you will need local currency. You will be able to exchange your cash to local currency at foreign exchange bureaus. We highly recommend that you bring crisp, new bills in small denominations. Old, torn, crumpled bills may not be accepted. Travelers’ checks are no longer widely accepted.
Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.
Shop for handicrafts, jewelry, quilts and musical instruments in Botswana.
|Electricity & Power Adapters||
230 volts. Plug M. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.
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|Cell Phones & Internet||
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