GETTING READY FOR
Handy tips and tricks to help you travel with confidence.
The start of your adventure secretly begins now. We always enjoy preparing for a new safari and are happy to tell you all about it. We prefer to do this in person, but as private safari planners, we can also give you some practical information online. Which travel documents and vaccinations do you need? How safe is travelling in Botswana? Is your driving license valid and what about electricity? The secret to a successful adventurer? A little bit of preparation.
Botswana - is the biggest and youngest republic in Africa.
Did you know that Botswana is sixteen times the size of the Netherlands? It’s also rated as one of the safest countries in the world. Botswana is situated between South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In 1966, Botswana became an independent republic and has maintained democracy, stability and harmony ever since. It is also one of the richest countries in Africa. Botswana boasts some of the most beautiful national parks in the world and does so without mass tourism! Safe travel in Botswana is mainly done by 4×4, plane, boat, helicopter or mokoro (canoe). Depending on the area, this can be done with or without a ranger. We will be happy to tell you more about it over a call.
Travel with ease by arranging the necessary documents well in advance.
With a simple Google search, you can find out exactly what you need to travel to Botswana. Below we have linked some popular sites to help you get started. In general, though, make sure your passport is still valid for at least 6 months when you land in Botswana and always book your return flight. Travelling with kids? Ask for the international birth certificate in the place of birth of your child(ren). Besides your national driving license, it is also advisable that you also take an international driving license with you. You can easily obtain one at your traffic department.
VACCINATIONS & HEALTH
Safety first! Make sure you can travel with peace of mind by being up to date and healthy.
It’s always best to get the most up-to-date information from the travel clinic or your doctor. Especially because the advice and requirements concerning vaccinations can change. In general, vaccinations against BMR, DTP and Hepatitis A are recommended. Also, take DEET with you and ask your contact at the travel clinic for advice about malaria medication. In the northern areas of Botswana malaria can occur.
To ensure that you don’t sit empty-handed during your safari in Botswana.
The currency of Botswana is the Botswana Pula or BWP. One pula consists of 100 thebe. How many pula do you get for 1 of your local currency? Check the current exchange rate here. In many cities, there are sufficient ATMs, but make sure you bring a Visa credit card. It is also good to have cash in your wallet. We recommend US dollars or Pula. Also, don’t travel with old notes. How much should you tip? That is for you to decide, but know that salaries in Botswana are often low. In restaurants, ten percent is the guideline, for private rangers this percentage is higher.
TIME DIFFERENCE & POWER SUPPLY
Rested and recharged on safari in Botswana.
Depending on your timezone, we’ll make sure your safari starts with a slightly slower start so that you can be rested for when the real adventure begins! Some last-minute information about plugs, sockets and adapters. The normal mains voltage in Botswana is 230 volts and usually, three-pronged plugs are used. We advise you to bring a good plug to be sure.