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Travel Tips - Botswana

Time Zone

GMT + Two (2) hours

Currency

The unit of currency is the Pula (P), which is divided into 100 thebe. Notes are in P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 (thebe) and P1 & P2. 

Money Matters

Currency:

The unit of currency is the Pula (P), which is divided into 100 thebe. Notes are in P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 (thebe) and P1 & P2.
However, US Dollars are accepted throughout Botswana at all lodges.

Banking hours:
Monday to Friday 09h00 - 15h30
Saturday          08h15 - 11h00

Credit cards
Most international hotels accept most standard credit cards as a payment for your "extras" account.

As a general rule, we would suggest that you allow sufficient local currency to cover the cost of any additional service at hotels, as many of the small lodges and game lodges do not have credit card facilities. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, with more limited use placed on American Express and Diners Card.

Weather

For full details on climate, please see Best Time to Go.

Clothing

Comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year. The most practical items to pack for safari are:
Blouses with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and the mosquito’s) 

Health

Anti-Malarial precautions are an absolute necessity when visiting the game parks in the region. It is important that you check with a qualified health professional for the most current information concerning your travel itinerary and personal health history.

We do recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover you in the event of a medical emergency.

The sun in the southern hemisphere is extremely strong - do wear an effective sunscreen and hat during the summer. It is advisable to avoid the noonday sun. Recommended SPF is 30.

Throughout Southern Africa it is safe to eat all foods and drink tap water in cities and towns. Purified water in flasks or bottled water is provided at game lodges throughout the region.
 

For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.

Electricity

Botswana’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels and lodges and camps have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.
If you bring electric appliances, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.
Outlets in Botswana require a three-pronged adapter plug with 3 round prongs

Arrival and Departure Formalities

Please be advised that regulations at most international points of arrival do not permit passengers to be met inside secured passenger areas (such as the customs area).

Please note that the purchase of "national treasures" for export from any country is strictly illegal and that the onus rests entirely on the buyer. In addition, U.S. and Canadian Customs prohibit the importation of any products made from endangered species of wildlife.

Travelling with children

Parents travelling with children to / from or through Botswana need to provide an unabridged birth certificate of all travelling children under 18 years old. Please be reminded that a certified copy of any document such as an unabridged birth certificate or birth certificate is generally only valid for 3 months. The following needs to be produced when entering South Africa with a child.

Child and both parents:
- An unabridged birth certificate
- A valid passport for the child

Child and one parent:
Parent must produce
- An unabridged birth certificate
- A valid passport for the child
- A court order / death certificate / affidavit confirming the absent parent has given permission for the child to travel

Child and guardian:
Guardian must produce
- An unabridged birth certificate
- A valid passport for the child
- A court order / death certificate / affidavit confirming the parents have given permission for the child to travel
- Copies of parents / guardian ID documents
- Contact details of parents/guardian

Child unaccompanied:
- An unabridged birth certificate
- A valid passport
- A court order / death certificate / affidavit from both parents or legal guardian confirming permission to travel
- A letter from the person who will receive the child in South Africa including their full contact details and a certified copy of their ID / passport produced.
- Contact details of parents / guardian

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