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An Unrivalled Botswana Safari

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An Unrivalled Botswana Safari

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, followed by a detailed page on each destination.

Important travel information for visitors to Zambia and Botswana is included at the back of this document.

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An Unrivalled Botswana Safari

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Holiday Title: An Unrivalled Botswana Safari

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Zambia and Botswana for 10 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: An Unrivalled Botswana Safari

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Livingstone Airport. Collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where you will be met and transferred by road to Toka Leya (approximately a 20 minute drive).

Overlooking the Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya is the ideal combination of relaxation and adventure. Game drives and river cruises can be followed by a therapeutic treatment at the spa, and tours of Victoria Falls, a nearby rural village and Livingstone Town add cultural and historical diversity. Fishing, rhino tracking and plenty of adrenaline-filled activities add excitement to the experience.

Victoria Falls - Zambia

2 nights at Toka Leya Camp


Day 3

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Livingstone Airport, where you will check in for your short air hop to Kasane.

Wilderness Air Flying Circuit Seat Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Livingstone Airport (LVI) departing at 09:25 to Kasane Airport (BBK), arriving at 09:50

You will be met and assisted with the check in for your flight to Linyanti.

Wilderness Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kasane (BBK) to Kings Pool Camp - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your safari camp. King's Pool Camp is one of the most luxurious camps in Botswana. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles and night drives, and highlights of this camp include the amazing view across the lagoon with sounds of the wildlife all around, as well as 2 game viewing hides.


Day 6

Following a morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred by light aircraft to the Okavango Delta.

Wilderness Air Flying Circuit Seat Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kings Pool Camp to Mombo Camp - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your safari camp, located within the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Mombo Camp is situated on the northern tip of Chief's Island here, arguably Botswana's prime game viewing area. Elevated on wooden decks beneath towering shade trees, Mombo overlooks a floodplain teeming with game. Elegant, expansive guest tents celebrate Mombo traditions while a large deck and plunge pool are ideal vantage points from which to observe the passing wildlife.

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Day 9

Following a morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board your flight to Abu Camp.

Wilderness Air Flying Circuit Seat Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Mombo Camp to Abu Camp - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

Abu Camp offers an unparalleled wildlife experience. The main focus of any visit here is the elephant interaction which is a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. You will meet each member of the herd and learn about them in the most extraordinary way - by being part of the herd as you walk with them. Also on offer at Abu Camp are game drives, night drives, and mokoro excursions in the Okavango Delta.

Okavango Delta

2 nights at Abu Camp


Day 11

Following a morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip.

Wilderness Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Abu Camp to Maun (MUB) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at Maun Airport and assisted with the check in for your onward flight.
 
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Toka Leya Camp

Victoria Falls - Zambia: 2 Nights

Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya Camp is situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, just 12 km from the world famous Victoria Falls.

Toka Leya’s location on the banks of the Zambezi River and proximity to Victoria Falls ensures a variety of water and land-based safari and adventure activities.

Game drives into Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park offer sightings of general game species such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe and white rhino. There is also rich birdlife, including sought-after species such as half-collared kingfisher and Schalow’s turaco.

Whether a relaxing sunset cruise or a game viewing cruise, there are scenic views and exciting wildlife to be enjoyed from the comfort of a spacious boat. There's always an abundance of hippo and crocodile, as well as a few other surprises along the way.

Cultural visits to one of the nearby villages of Sinde or Simonga are respectful and insightful ways of learning about and interacting with the people and culture of this part of Zambia.

Twelve spacious en-suite safari-style tents (including 3 family tents) with expansive decks soak up the dramatic views and active wildlife. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting our footprint on this pristine area.

The camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas offer ample space for relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool, with meals served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. The novel pizza oven is a great hit with younger visitors!

Example Details For Toka Leya Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: All meals; local branded drinks (excluding premium imported brands and champagne); a laundry service; twice-daily scheduled camp activities; Park fees; a guided tour of the Zambian side of the Falls; a guided tour of Livingstone Town and Livingstone Museum; a sunset river cruise; and a visit to a local village are included.

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King's Pool Camp

Linyanti: 3 Nights

King's Pool Camp is located in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, a vast private concession in the northern part of Botswana, on the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The accommodation here is luxurious, the wildlife spectacular. The camp overlooks the Linyanti River and the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon, apparently named after a Scandinavian monarch who spent a number of nights camping out on the banks of the lagoon, long before any camp was built here.

The Linyanti area has a large wildlife resource with a wide variety of species, but it is most noted for its very large elephant population, which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months. Other game is abundant, such as impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and bushbuck, and their predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyaena. Rarer species such as sable and roan antelope emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.

Activities include day and night game drives and walks, while boat cruises along the Linyanti River (water levels allowing) offer spectacular viewing. The reed and papyrus swamps are ideal for numerous and diverse species of birds and are a magnet for game in the dry winter months. Scenic helicopter flights can also be arranged, offering a truly unique way to experience the wonders of the Linyanti. There are also two hides in the vicinity of the camp from which to view and photograph animals and birds.

Seven well-appointed tents of canvas and thatch each have a large bedroom area, lounge, private plunge pool and 'sala'. The spacious en-suite bathrooms are tiled with double showers and hand-basins as well as an outdoor shower for those who wish to shower close to nature!

In addition, there is one Family Suite which consists of 2 separate en-suite rooms (one room is slightly smaller than the other) which share a private plunge pool and an outdoor sunken lounge - an ideal choice for families of for parties of 4 adults travelling together - or even for a couple preferring more space.

Raised walkways allow animals to wander freely through the camp to and from the water. The lounge, dining room and pub areas are on expansive raised decks and there is a pool and an open-air 'kgotla' for dining under the stars.

Example Details For King's Pool Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: All meals; twice daily scheduled camp activities; Park fees; a laundry service; and all local drinks (excluding premium imported brands and champagne) are included.

The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years (subject to season and availability of a qualified walking guide).

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Mombo Camp

Okavango Delta: 3 Nights

Built under large, shady trees and overlooking floodplains which teem with wildlife all year round, Mombo Camp has arguably some of the best big game viewing in Africa.

Located in the Mombo Concession on Chief's Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the sheer numbers and variety of wildlife all year round defy description. This is the Africa only seen in documentaries - from elephant to buffalo to tiny steenbok, and where vast herds of herbivores are trailed by numerous predators on the hunt.

Activities at Mombo Camp include morning and afternoon game drives (night drives are not permitted). Open 4x4 vehicles seating just 4 guests provide an exquisite vantage for viewing the high concentrations of plains game and all the predators. Lion sightings are frequent, and guests may also see leopard, spotted hyena, cheetah, wild dogs, large herds of buffalo, elephant, white rhino, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest and Burchell's zebra.

The best game viewing experience, however, sometimes can start on the main viewing deck at the camp itself, as unbelievable concentrations of game occurs right in front of the camp. Guests can also absorb the spectacular views from the dining room, bar, sitting area or the inviting plunge pool. Delicious meals are served under the stars.

The camp has 8 elegant and spacious tents (one of which is a family tent) raised a couple of meters from the ground, all with sweeping views over the floodplain. The tent's sitting room, separate bedroom and bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and bathtub with copper and brass fittings all contribute to a truly luxurious feel. Each tent is connected by a raised wooden walkway.

Guests can get their exercise for the day (complete with unbeatable bush views) in the gym or pool, or enjoy a more relaxing time being pampered by one of the expert massage therapists in the comfort of your room or private deck.

Example Details For Mombo Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: All meals; twice daily scheduled camp activities; Park fees; a laundry service; and all local drinks (excluding premium imported brands and champagne) are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Abu Camp

Okavango Delta: 2 Nights

Abu Camp, set in a pristine pocket of riverine forest, is situated in a vast private reserve of 180,000 hectares in the heart of the Okavango Delta, on the edge of a large lagoon with a resident school of hippo.

Abu offers the extraordinary privilege of enabling guests to interact with the resident elephant herd during their stay - watching the evening feeding, accompanying them on foot as they move through the bush, and sharing the simple joy of a frolicking youngster. These elephant encounters provide unforgettable magical moments. In addition, Abu’s one-of-a-kind Star Bed is set over the herd’s boma and guests can spend a night here, being lulled to sleep listening to the elephants’ rumbling snores below.

The camp also offers morning and afternoon game drives, night drives and nature walks to view the abundance of fauna and flora in the area. During the seasonal floods of the Okavango Delta, guests are invited to take to the waters in the mokoros, the traditional poled craft used in the Okavango Delta.

Abu’s 6 luxurious, explorer-style tents blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings. Each has a tree-shaded deck with a private plunge pool overlooking a lagoon.

Well-lit pathways link the tents with the main lounge and dining area. There is also a well-stocked library and study, and a small gym for the energetic. The well-stocked bar provides drinks and cocktails for post-safari sundowners around a camp fire while most of the meals are taken al fresco on the deck. Nearby a secluded pool enables guests to cool off and relax.

Example Details For Abu Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Tent
Includes: All meals; twice daily scheduled camp activities; Park fees; a laundry service; and all local drinks (excluding premium imported brands and champagne) are included.

Children under 13 are not permitted on walking safaris or elephant walks.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Important Travel Information For Zambia

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 22 February 2021:  All visitors must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 7 days prior to their arrival in Zambia. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities.

Temperature and symptom screening is routine on arrival. If your body temperature is 38.0 or higher, you will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. If you have additional symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, headache or sore throat) you will be taken to government facilities for treatment and quarantine.

Random testing for quality assurance purposes will be conducted on selected passengers presenting negative results.

Traveller Health Questionnaires are provided on incoming flights for passengers to complete before disembarkation.

From 28 October, all travellers wishing to leave Zambia and flying with an airline or to a country where a negative COVID-19 certificate is required for travel/entry are required to have a Travel Certificate from the Zambia Ministry of Health stating that they have tested negatively for COVID-19 in Zambia in the previous 14 days. To obtain the Travel Certificate, travellers must take their passport plus negative test result to UTH Hospital, the Zambia National Health Public Institute, the District Health Office or the Public Health Office and pay a 200 Kwacha fee (fee subject to change). COVID-19 tests must have been taken in Zambia. Holders of tests taken outside Zambia are not exempt from this requirement, even if the test was taken within the previous 14 days.

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Zambia deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports require a visa to enter Zambia when travelling as a tourist:

United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; France; Germany; Spain; Portugal; Italy; Switzerland; Australia; New Zealand.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Zambia High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements or check this website: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Zambia

Visas can issued at any Zambia Embassy, online via https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/ or single or double entry visas can be obtained on arrival. You cannot get a multiple entry visa on arrival.

If you plan to get a visa on arrival, make sure you have the correct amount of cash (US dollars) with you as change may not be available. If you enter through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka or the Harry Mwanga International Airport in Livingstone, you can now make payment for single and double entry visas via credit card at the Zambian Immigration desks.

Current visa costs (subject to change) are as follows: Single Entry Visa USD 50 per person; Double/Multipe Entry Visa USD 80 per person; Day Tripper Visa USD 20 per person (enter and exit through same port); Transit Visa USD 50 per person.

For visitors wanting to travel across to Zimbabwe, the KAZA UniVisa is also an option (although unfortunately this is not always available). This visa allows tourists of certain nationalities to travel freely between Zambia and Zimbabwe, within a 30 day period from the date of their first entry.

This same visa will also allow those who cross into Botswana for a day trip to come back into Zambia (or Zimbabwe) without paying any extra visa fees - please note however it is not valid if staying in Botswana overnight.

The UniVisa can ONLY be obtained at SELECTED border posts (currently Harry Mwaanga/Livingstone Airport, Victoria Falls Land Border, Kazungula Land Border (border with Botswana) and Kenneth Kaunda/Lusaka Airport) - the current price is USD 50 per person (subject to change) and payable in cash.

To check whether you are eligible for this visa, please visit https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/kaza-univisa/.

For everyone entering Zambia, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry and have at least 2 blank pages for entry/exit stamps.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Zambia.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Zambia, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Zambia. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Zambia requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Zambia - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

Tsetse flies are found throughout some of Zambia's National Parks, especially in the Luangwa Valley and Kafue National Park. There have been some cases of sleeping sickness occurring after a tsetse fly bite, although these are mainly amongst farmers and other locals who have repeated exposure to bites. However, the fly can still deliver a painful bite, so it is advisable to take necessary precautions - don't wear dark colours, especially black and blue (including denim), wear long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and don't walk through bushes during the hottest part of the day.

Languages And Culture

The official language of Zambia is English. Commonly-spoken indigenous languages number over 70 and include Lamba, Kaonde, Tumbuka, Ngoni, Ila,Senga, Chewa, Chibemba, Nsenga Chinyanja, Lunda, Chitonga, Kaonde, Silozi, Nkoya, and Luvale.

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Homosexuality is illegal in Zambia. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph.

Avoid taking pictures of sensitive sites including power stations, explosives factories, pumping stations, army barracks, government buildings, river junctions, road and rail bridges, the Ndola Oil refinery, mining areas and airports. If in doubt, don’t take pictures.

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Important Travel Information For Botswana

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 29 December 2020:  From 09 November, air travel will resume to and from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Maun International Airport and Kasane International Airport.

On arriving in Botswana, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival. After arrival, you will have to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days for self-monitoring. You will also be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry. If you show symptoms you will be need to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation or quarantine at your own cost.

On departure: All travellers departing Botswana are required to present a COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate no older than 72 hours. Option 1 is to book a 'Fly In' test where you fly in a nurse to any lodge within the Okavango Delta region to take a swab then flown back to Maun to process the results (guests do not miss time on safari) and costs BWP 2,750 per person (approx. USD 250). Option 2 is to test in Maun or Kasane Airports the day before travel, 24 hour turnaround time for results. Costs BWP 999 per person (approx. USD 90). Both are bookable and paid for online at https://www.pharma.co.bw/

COVID-19 entry and exit requirements may be announced and altered at little notice. You should monitor the Government of Botswana’s Facebook page for the latest developments or contact the Government of Botswana's 24 hour COVID-19 helpline on 16649 or 0800 600 111.

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Botswana deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter Botswana when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 90 days:

United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain; South Africa.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Botswana High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as citizens of certain countries are required to obtain visas before travelling. Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Botswana and have sufficient blank pages for the Botswana entry/exit stamps (at least 2).

TRAVELLING TO/FROM BOTSWANA WITH CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OF AGE AT DATE OF TRAVEL: The following requirements apply regardless of nationality.

Parents travelling with children must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child, showing full details of the child's parents. If the birth certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned.

If the child is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced.

If only one parent is travelling, said parent must also show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent named on the birth certificate authorising the child to travel (the affidavit must be no more than 6 months old from the date of travel), or a court order granting full parental responsibilities to the travelling parent, or (where applicable) a death certificate for the deceased parent. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent.

Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child supplemented by affidavits from the child's parents/legal guardian giving consent for the child to travel and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents/legal guardian PLUS their contact details.

There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors - available on request.

PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be original - PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced.

For more information, please contact your local Botswana High Commission.

IMPORTANT:  Plastic bags are banned in Botswana. This ban is primarily aimed to reduce plastic in commercial use (as opposed to tourists bringing in plastic bags to carry personal property), however, we would strongly recommend guests avoid bringing plastic bags into the country if possible.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For Botswana

Continued

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Botswana.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in the northern half of Botswana, including Chobe and the Okavango Delta, particularly during the months of November to June - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Botswana, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Botswana. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Botswana requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Languages And Culture

English is the official language of Botswana and widely spoken with all guides and general staff in camps and lodges having a good command. In the broader population, however, not everyone will speak English fluently as many have grown up speaking different tribal languages. 

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Although homosexuality is no longer prohibited by law in Botswana, public attitudes are less tolerant and public displays of affection may attract negative attention. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph. Taking photographs of military and government buildings is prohibited.