Travel Tips

Passports/Visa’s

You must be in possession of a current passport that remains valid for at least six (6) months beyond your scheduled departure date from Botswana. Some visitors do require visass with the exception of citizens of certain Commonwealth countries. It is advisable to obtain them prior to your departure as several airlines insist on them prior to departure. They can also be obtained on arrival at the major International Airports


Customs

Personal effects, including cameras, binoculars, may be brought in free of duty. A custom’s bond may be demanded from those bringing in Video, camcorders, radios, tape recorders, and musical instruments to ensure the goods are re-exported. Firearms and pocketknife require special permits.


Currency

The unit of currency in Botswana is Pula, available in notes and coins. Other common currency such as USD ($) British Pounds, Euros and Rand can be converted in Pula for your local shopping. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that may be brought into Botswana but its safe more safe if kept in your Bank as Visa ATMs are available. Foreign currency in Cash may be exchanged at banks, authorized dealers and at the bureau de change at the international airports, major towns and border posts.


Health and Immunization

Modern medical services are available in big cities and towns. However visitors are advised to bring their own medicines with them. Visitors from countries infected with cholera and yellow fever must produce international vaccination certificates. Anti-malaria medication is strongly recommended when traveling to Southern Africa. Anti-malaria tablets are recommended to be taken a few days prior to your arrival, during your stay and for a short period after returning home.


Insurance

We require that all clients arrange personal travel insurance to cover their medical, property, and other personal risks for the duration of their safaris.


Security

Botswana is the safest countries in Southern Africa. However, just as any other country, you have to be cautious of your surroundings. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, walking in the dark, deserted lanes and streets. Keep an eye on your purses, wallets, handbags, and cameras. Never accept food or drinks from strangers.


Food and Drinks

Generally, the more expensive the hotel or restaurant, the better and safer the food will be. Our food range from local to international food, prepared by skilled and trained chefs. We provide bottled water for the trips as it is generally recommended to drink only bottled water, which is readily available, everywhere. There are no restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks. There are plenty of imported beers, wines and spirits in many places.


Clothing

We experience colder weather in months of June and July. On safari, long sleeve shirts/blouses, and long trouser are ideal. A light jacket/sweater may be needed in the evening at higher altitudes. Sensible walking shoes, a hat to keep off the sun, and sunglasses are essential too. but pack a sweater, it can be cold in the evening/morning.


Photography

When one takes a picture of the people, they feel offended. So it is extremely important to ask them before doing so. You can get your driver to ask for you. Plan to bring with you: Two cameras, and their accessories including, batteries, several speeds of film and dust-proof bags.


Tipping

The recommended ones per day (from the whole group) are: Chief guide: 16USD, each assistant guide: 12USD, and each porter :7USD. For safaris:-Driver:15USD, and a cook:5USD. Off course you can pay more if you are particularly impressed and less if you are not. Most of the following equipments are needed camping and other safaris; and these include: sleeping tent, mattresses, sleeping bag, water/wind proof jacket, warm jacket, rain clothes, sweater, warm trouser, long warm underwear, climbing boot, walking shoes (hiking), pairs of cotton socks, hiking short, a T-shirt, baseball cap, hat, gloves, water bottle (+3litres), flashlight, small bag, rucksack( for your belongings to be carried by porters), walking sticks, sun glasses, anti-diarrhea drug, water filter/iodine tablets, watch, camera/camcorder. Please be advised that we provide sleeping tents and mattresses for expedition tours


Miscellaneous

Other information will be explained when you get pre-departure briefing for your tour if need be.