Botswana

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TRAVEL ADVISORY

getting there - the easiest part

Fly into the Sir Seretse Kharma International Airport in Gaborone from Johannesburg. Airlines servicing the country include the local airline, Air Botswana, Air Zimbabwe and South African Express.

Roads within the country are limited but in good condition. This means that many outlying areas, including several tourist camps, can only be reached by air-charter or 4x4. Many of the roads are long, long, long and tedious - quite dangerous in the more rural areas due to the presence of many animals and high speed limits. Try and avoid travelling at night in these areas.

The Trans-Kalahari is a new project that aims to build a circular road route around the country.

Journey Times from Gaborone

  AIR  ROAD 
Francistown 50mins 5hrs
Selebi-Phikwe 1hr 4hrs 30mins
Orapa - 5hrs
Lobatse 20mins 45mins
Maun 1hr 30mins 12hrs
Kasane 2hr 50mins 13hrs 30mins
Tshabong 2hrs 15hrs
Ghanzi 1hr 25mins  
visas

Visitors require a passport and return airticket. Sufficient funds to prove one's intention to leave are also required. Visas are not required for most European Union visitors, nor for Japanese, South African, Canadian and USA passport holders.

Also, if you are coming from an endemic area you'll need a Yellow Fever certificate.

Useful addresses:
Department of Tourism
P/Bag 0047, Gaborone
Tel: +267-353024 /313314   Fax: +267-308675
Botswana High Commission
6 Stratford Place, London, W1N 9AE
Tel: +44-171-499-0031   Fax: +44-171-4958595
Botswana Embassy in USA
Tel: 1+202-244-4990/1   Fax: +1-202-244-4164
British Embassy in Botswana
Tel: +267-352841
American Embassy in Botswana
Embassy Drive, Government Enclave
Tel: +267-353982

anything to declare?
Duty free allowances include:
Tobacco - 400 cigarettes / 400gm cigarillos / 50 cigars / 250gms tobacco
Liquor - 2 litres wine and 1 litre spirits
Perfume - 50ml perfume and 250ml eau de toilette
Gifts - up to a value of 136

Declare your cameras on arrival and any foreign exchange that you are bringing in.

money

The unit of currency is the Pula, divided into 100 thebe. Meaning rain, the Pula's value is tied to a basket of currencies including the British Pound which generally means it is stronger than its surrounding neighbours.

Major credit cards are accepted to a limited extent, mainly in the large hotels and tourist shops. Hotels will exchange foreign exchange but at high surcharges.

electricity

220/240 Volts AC, 50Hz
13 and 15 Amp plug sockets

time zone
UT +2
safety
Crime in Botswana is on the increase but most of it is petty theft and car hijackings. Violent crimes are infrequent.

There are a few non-violent disputes with neighbouring countries about boundary lines, most of which are currently being resolved or have been referred to the International Court of Justice.

Another thing to remember, while you are in Botswana you are subject to their laws and regulations (based on Roman-Dutch law and local customary law). Penalties can include deportation or imprisonment - and you can't plead lack of knowledge! Dealing and possession of dagga, cannabis, motokwane is illegal and there are harsh punishments.

useful addresses

 

Please purchase African travel insurance to protect you against cancellation penalties and other unforeseeable circumstances such as an emergency medical evacuation. Consider insuring your safari with emergency medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation.
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DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & NATIONAL PARKS
Tel: +267-371349
SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL
President - Larry S. Katz
4800 West Gates Pass Road, Tuscon, Arizona 85745, USA
WEB
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
Private Bag 0047, Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: +267-353024 /313314   Fax: +267-308675
SCI AFRICAN CHAPTER
PO Box 411, Rivonia, 2128, South Africa
Tel: +27-11-8832299   Fax: +27-11-7842074
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