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Discover Botswana

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Discover Botswana

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, and then there is a page on each place that is included.

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

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Discover Botswana

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Holiday Title: Discover Botswana

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Zimbabwe and Botswana for 10 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Discover Botswana

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls Airport. Clear Customs & Immigration, collect your luggage and make your way into the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by your driver. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

A trip to Victoria Falls is certainly memorable. One of the 7 Wonders of the World, the sheer noise of the Falls as they cascade over the edge into the deep gorge is deafening, and the misty clouds of spray, occasionally broken by rainbows, are visible from over 40 km away. For more than 110 years The Victoria Falls Hotel has been a luxury icon here. This 5* classic hotel commands a prime location with dramatic views of the gorges of the Falls themselves. A private path leads to the Falls, an idyllic 10 minute walk away.

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

2 nights at The Victoria Falls Hotel


Day 3

This morning, you will be transferred to the border post between Zimbabwe and Botswana, where you will complete the border formalities and cross into Botswana. You may be required to change vehicles at the border, and if so, please be prepared to carry your bags a short distance between vehicles. You will then be transferred onto Chobe Game Lodge, the only permanent lodge situated within the boundaries of Chobe National Park and built along the riverbanks with spectacular views of the Chobe River and floodplains.

Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana's premier venue for guests looking for a perfect base from which to explore the National Park and the Chobe River. Early morning and late afternoon game drives are conducted by expert guides in open-sided 4x4 vehicles to ensure maximum visibility of Chobe National Park's spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Meanwhile, riverside game viewing may be done from small boats, perfect for morning or sunset cruises.

Chobe National Park

2 nights at Chobe Game Lodge


Day 5

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kasane Airport, where you will be assisted with the check in for your flight to your next safari camp.

Desert and Delta Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kasane (BBK) to Savute Safari Lodge - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Savute Safari Lodge, situated in the western region of the Chobe National Park in an area renowned for its large concentration of elephant and lion. Activities focus on game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles in the Savute area including the Savute Marsh and the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills.


Day 7

After an early morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you will board your flight to the Okavango Delta.

Desert and Delta Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Savute Safari Lodge to Camp Moremi - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

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You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Camp Moremi, situated on the picturesque Xakanaxa Lagoon in the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve. The area is a wildlife haven with incredible game viewing opportunities year round. Activities offered are game drives in open safari vehicles exploring the diverse range of habitats within the reserve - from open floodplains to belts of mopane woodland. Guests can also venture out onto the open waters of the Okavango by motorboat, visiting the Xakanaxa Lagoon and beyond up to the seasonal heronry at Gadikwe.


Day 9

After an early morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you will board your flight to Leroo La Tau.

Desert and Delta Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Camp Moremi to Leroo La Tau - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

Leroo La Tau rises majestically above the Boteti River which stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, guests can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river. The lodge also offers a raised hide above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that is expected in this part of Botswana.

Makgadikgadi Pan

2 nights at Leroo La Tau


Day 11

After an early morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you will board your flight back to Maun.

Desert and Delta Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Leroo La Tau 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 international flight.
 
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The Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe: 2 Nights

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as 'the grand old lady of the Falls', is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site.

The Edwardian-style 5* hotel, built in 1904, combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquillity and seclusion that many guests seek.

The famous Victoria Falls are just a 10 minute walk away using the hotel's private pathway, and 'the smoke that thunders' or 'Mosi-O-Tunya' in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark. Seeing the sun rise beneath the mist of one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and the lunar rainbow at night, all the while soaking up the history and ambience of a bygone era, is more than unforgettable - it is unique.

The service here is world-class, and food and beverage choice and preparation second to none. Choose the opulent Livingstone Room for fine dining and dancing, or the Jungle Junction for its famous breakfast and dinner buffets and ethnic entertainment in the evenings. Stanley's Terrace, with its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas, and has been a rendezvous for adventurers in Africa for over a century.

All the rooms and suites are decorated in the gracious Edwardian style of Zimbabwe's colonial era. There are 161 in total, offering a range of accommodation from standard rooms to the Royal Suite. The latter, as the name suggests, has seen reigning monarchs, presidents and, more recently, many famous Hollywood stars among its privileged occupants.

A large swimming pool, 2 tennis courts, a library, and reading rooms are part of the complex. Golfers can enjoy 18 holes on the championship course of the nearby sister hotel, Elephant Hills Resort.

A sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, just upstream from the magnificent Falls, is another must for the visitor. Crocodiles, abundant hippo and new friends are the staple of these legendary exhilarating cruises.

Example Details For The Victoria Falls Hotel

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Stable Signature Wing Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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The Victoria Falls Hotel

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Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe National Park: 2 Nights

As the only lodge located inside the world-renowned Chobe National Park, and set on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Game Lodge is the ideal place from which to explore the very best of one of Botswana’s most iconic regions.

Chobe Game Lodge has several electric and solar-powered safari boats and land vehicles - a clean and quiet way to enjoy a safari and a real boost for eco-tourism in Africa.

Early morning game drives set off as soon as the Park opens, giving you the best chance of tracking predators while they are still active. The afternoon drives depart the lodge in the late afternoon (the exact time is dependent on the season), only returning at Park closure time after sunset, thus maximising the time you spend out to enjoy those special sightings. Elephant encounters are common and huge herds of buffalo abound.

Mid morning and late afternoon boat safaris offer unsurpassed game viewing opportunities. Elephant line the water's edge, hippo congregate in lagoons, hundreds of antelope and giraffe make their way to the water, and sightings of predators along the river banks are common.

Every one of the 44 elegantly designed guest rooms is air-conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms and a large terrace facing the Chobe River. Those who wish to experience Chobe in ultimate luxury can stay in one of the 4 suites, each with its own private terrace and infinity plunge pool.

The expansive main guest area incorporates several comfortable and tastefully appointed seating areas from which to enjoy the tranquillity of the lodge surroundings. Following the banks of the river, the 250 metres of elevated boardwalk and viewing deck offers seemingly endless panoramic views over the Chobe River. Find your favourite spot along the platform and settle down to watch the ever-changing wildlife parade across the river, on the islands and the surrounding floodplains.

Example Details For Chobe Game Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: All meals; local spirits and wines (excluding premium brands); scheduled activities; National Park fees; a laundry service; and airport transfers to/from scheduled/charter flights, arriving/departing Kasane Airport 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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Chobe Game Lodge

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Savute Safari Lodge

Savuti: 2 Nights

Situated on the banks of Botswana's fabled Stolen River, Savute Safari Lodge is a traditional thatched safari lodge in a setting of singular beauty.

Stretching from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. But this fickle and unpredictable channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere - a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years. When David Livingstone discovered the Savute Channel in 1851 it was flowing. Thirty years later the channel had disappeared and the Savute Marsh had dried out, remaining this way for almost 80 years. It flowed again in the late 1950s, continuing until the early 1980s when it again receded, gaining the channel its reputation as 'the river which flows in both directions'.

Activities are organised around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Many trips will also incorporate a visit to the Savute Marsh to give you a chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel against a backdrop of teeming wildlife. Guests can also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills - a small hilly outcrop which forms a prominent landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.

Savute also boasts the second-largest summer zebra migration in Africa - its timing is determined by the rains, but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April, when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the southwest of the Park. The migration is always followed by large numbers of predators.

To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just 24 guests in 11 thatched Safari Chalets plus a Family Room which consists of 2 double bedrooms. All the en-suite rooms have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to blend with the natural environment, and feature expansive private decks, and a combined bedroom and lounge area.

The main lodge area is a beautiful two-storey thatch-and-timber building. As well as a guest lounge and bar area, there is a shaded viewing deck, an al fresco dining area and swimming pool with pool loungers - an ideal spot for watching the varied wildlife including the resident elephants as they make their way to the Channel to drink, bathe and play. On cold winter nights, warm up by the camp fire after dinner and listen to the haunting sounds of the African bush unfold around you.

Example Details For Savute Safari Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Suite
Includes: All meals; local branded beverages; scheduled game viewing activities; Park fees; and a laundry service 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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Savute Safari Lodge

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Camp Moremi

Okavango Delta: 2 Nights

Camp Moremi is situatead in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, within the Okavango Delta. Moremi combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons and has a vast variety of plant, bird and animal life, creating one of the most magnificent and welcoming wildlife sanctuaries in all of Africa.

Track big game on morning and afternoon game drives by open 4x4 safari vehicle in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, renowned for frequent sightings of lion, leopard, elephant and cheetah, as well as wild dog. Your professional guide will explain about the wonderful Delta wildlife as you sit and maybe watch a leopard stretched out lazily in the branches of a mopane tree, or gaze on a herd of elephant grazing under a canopy of green, or find a pride of lions lying sleepily in the long grass. Other game seen in the area includ hyena, hippo and many antelope, large and small, including kudu and waterbuck. 

Alternatively, explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat, which offers exceptional bird watching opportunities as the birdlife here is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers. The rare Pel’s Fishing Owl makes an occasional appearance, to the delight of guides and guests alike.

Before returning to the lodge on your afternoon activity, enjoy sundowners with views of Botswana's breathtaking sunsets.

Camp Moremi’s communal areas include a sunken bar, masterfully built around a large termite mound and ebony tree, and an expansive lounge area with a beautiful brass and soft finishes, which in turn leads towards an extended library and private deck. These areas, including the elevated dining area, connect by boardwalk to the fireplace in front of the camp. In addition, there is an open-air boma and secluded swimming pool.

The camp accommodates only 24 guests. There are just 11 expansive, modern styled thatched safari tents with private decks offering views over the Moremi Game Reserve, plus one luxury family tent consisting of 2 en-suite bedroooms and a private deck too. Subtle décor and lighting fixtures allow for a natural and warm atmosphere within each room to create a peaceful and harmonious blend with the surrounding environment.

Example Details For Camp Moremi

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: All meals; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (excluding premium brands); scheduled shared activities; laundry; and Park fees 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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Camp Moremi

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Leroo La Tau

Makgadikgadi Pan: 2 Nights

Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, about 140 kilometres southeast of Maun. The eastern bank of the Boteti River forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pan National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral rich grasslands.

The camp is built on cliffs over 10 metres above this changing riverbed environment, offering a raised vantage point which ensures unsurpassed views of the river and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to the east.

Leroo La Tau translates as 'lion's paw', but although the surrounding area features abundant lion, zebra and wildebeest, it also boasts Chobe bushbuck, leopard, cheetah, brown- and spotted-hyena, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupine, genet and caracal, to name a few.

The lodge offers both guided day and night game drives in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, focusing on the exceptional wildlife sightings along the Boteti River. Depending on the water levels of the Boteti River, boat activities can also be enjoyed.

For guests staying 3+ nights, optional cultural excursions can be arranged to visit the nearby Khumaga Village or Nxai Pan - this full day excursion starts in the early morning and includes a visit to Nxai Pan as well as Baines Baobabs for a chance to see the expansive salt pans.

The lodge features 12 luxurious thatched and glass fronted suites with en-suite bathrooms, each one raised on a wooden platform.

The main lounge and dining area, with its inviting wooden and thatch finish, offers guests the opportunity to sit back and relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively you can lounge around the swimming pool or enjoy the panoramic river vista from the game viewing hide built into the bank of the river.

Example Details For Leroo La Tau

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Suite
Includes: All meals; local brand drinks; scheduled shared game-viewing activities; emergency medical evacuation insurance to regional medical facility; and a complimentary laundry service for guests staying more than one night 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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Leroo La Tau

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Important Travel Information For Zimbabwe

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 04 November: 2020: From 01 October, Zimbabwe has opened its international airports to tourists. Zimbabwe will also reopen 6 land borders on December 01. The opening of land border posts will be phased in, beginning with Beitbridge, Plumtree, Victoria Falls, Chirundu, Nyamapanda and Forbes.

To enter Zimbabwe you must also possess a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, taken within 48 hours of arrival into Zimbabwe. All travellers will also be subject to a temperature check on arrival.

If you do not have a negative test result, or if you exhibit COVID-19 like symptoms on arrival, you will be detained at a holding facility for 7 days where you will be required to pay USD 60 (subject to change) for a test. You wil then be required to self isolate for another 7 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 Zimbabwe deems it safe to do so.

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

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

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Zimbabwe High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements or check this website: https://www.evisa.gov.zw/regime.

The following visas are available (all costs are per person and subject to change):

Single Entry: USD 30 (apart from British and Irish nationals who are charged USD 55; and Canadian nationals who are charged USD 75)

Double Entry: USD 45 (apart from British and Irish nationals who are charged USD 70)

Visas will be issued on arrival at an entry point upon payment of the corrrect visa fee - please make sure you have the correct amount of cash (US dollars) with you as change may not be available.

Certain nationalities however HAVE to obtain their visa prior to arrival, and this can be done as an E-Visa via https://www.evisa.gov.zw/home - you can also check this website to see if this rule applies to your nationality.

For visitors wanting to travel across to Zambia, 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 Zimbabwe and Zambia, 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 Zimbabwe (or Zambia) 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 Victoria Falls Airport, Victoria Falls Land Border, Kazungula Land Border (border with Botswana) and Harare 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 check the KAZA UniVisa sections of the Zambian or Zimbabwean government websites.

For anyone entering Zimbabwe, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry and have sufficient 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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Important Travel Information For Zimbabwe

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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 Zimbabwe.

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 Zimbabwe, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Zimbabwe. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe - 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 the northern Zambezi River drainage area, including the Lake Kariba area. 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

English is the official language of Zimbabwe and is 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. Other indigenous languages spoken include Shona and Ndebele.

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

It is against the law for civilians to wear any form of clothing made from camouflage material.

Photographing government offices, airports, military establishments, official residences, embassies and other sensitive places is illegal. Taking photographs of members of police and armed forces personnel and of demonstrations and protests is also not permitted. The area around State House in Harare (the President’s official residence) is patrolled by armed members of the Presidential Guard and photography here is strictly prohibited.

Some acts of homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe. 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.

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Important Travel Information For Botswana

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 09 November 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.

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required. Visitors will also be screened on arrival. If you show symptoms you will be need to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation or quarantine at your own cost. After arrival, you will have to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days for self-monitoring.

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.