Botswana in Botswana

Accommodation in Botswana

Product NameRoom TypeRATINGPrices
Bape Camp Camp Site from: ZAR 5555
Chobe Elephant Camp - Botswana Transfers from: USD 56
Chobe Elephant Camp - Botswana Self Drive Extras from: USD 125
Chobe Elephant Camp - Botswana Meals (Packed lunch) from: USD 19
Chobe Elephant Camp - Botswana Chalet: Self drive from: USD 270
Chobe Elephant Camp - Botswana Chalet: Fully inclusive from: USD 325
Khankhe Camp Camp site from: ZAR 2222
Leroo La Tau Standard Twin from: USD 476
Molapo Camp Camp Site from: ZAR 5555
Pelican Lodge Nata Family Chalet from: ZAR To be confirmed
Pelican Lodge Nata Double Chalet from: ZAR 5555
Sango Safari Camp Self Drive Extras from: USD 125
Sango Safari Camp Meru tents from: USD 295
Sango Safari Camp Meals from: USD 19
Sango Safari Camp Transfer rates from: USD 112
Sango Safari Camp Self Drive meru Tents from: USD 235
Selinda Camp Selinda Camp from: USD 0
Sunday Pan Camping from: USD 5
Xade Camp Site Xade Camp Site from: ZAR 0
Xaro Lodge - Shakawe Xaro Lodge - Tent from: BWP 1050
Xugana Island Lodge Standard Twin from: USD 476

Botswana

Botswana is north west of South Africa, with an area of 570 000 square km. Though Botswana is rightfully renowned for its wildlife, it also offers a great diversity of plants, insects and reptiles.

Previously a British Protectorate, Botswana became an independent republic in 1966. It has a population of more than one million, concentrated mainly in the catchments area of the Limpopo River and the eastern part. Wildlife is of vital importance and 17 per cent of the country has been proclaimed as either National Parks or Game Reserves.Gaborone, the capital, is situated in the southeast of the country and features an excellent National Museum with natural history and ethnological exhibitions, but it is Botswana's national parks and game reserves that are the real attraction. The Okavango Delta area, northwards in the Kalahari Desert, is home to over 300 exotic species and a variety of fauna. It is extremely beautiful, with vast grass flats, low tree-covered ridges and lagoons.

INTRODUCTION:
A land of stability, peace and prosperity, Botswana is a role model for other African countries. Since independence in 1966 and the discovery of diamonds in 1967, Botswana's economy has grown from strength to strength attracting both investors and tourists. Today it is estimated that Botswana is the largest diamond producer in the world. The government's tourism policies encourage community, ecological and low-volume, high-cost tourism. This sensible approach ensures the protection of the fragile environment and its resources, improves the lives of its local people and ensures Botswana remains an exclusive and unspoilt safari destination. Those privileged to visit it, will find diverse terrain offering great photographic opportunities including the wild waterlands of the Okavango Delta, white salt pans where ancient lakes have long since dried, vast grasslands and the endless Kalahari Desert with its orange sand and low vegetation.

CURRENCY:
1 Pula = 100 Thebe.
Major hotels have foreign currency facilities and most shops, lodges and travel agencies will accept traveller's cheques. USD traveller's cheques are recommended. Purchases must be made in Pula, but at tourist facilities, hard currencies are accepted. An unlimited amount of foreign currency may be imported and exported as long as it's declared. On leaving, you can take P200 maximum.

HEALTH:
There are no vaccination requirements for international travellers. Pre-arrival precautions are advised against malaria (risk exists Nov-Jun in northern parts of Botswana incl. Maun, Boteti, Chobe, Ngamiland, Okavango, Tutume districts/areas) and Hepatitis A, polio and typhoid. Other health concerns include influenza (risk throughout the year) and AIDS. Due to the dry, dusty atmosphere, those with extreme respiratory problems (e.g. severe asthma or acute allergies) should avoid travels to Botswana as medical facilities are inadequate. As a precaution boil or sterilize drinking water when outside towns.

LANGUAGE:
English is the official language and Setswana the local language.

SOCIAL CONVENTIONS:
Most people follow a traditional lifestyle and may be unused to visitors, be sensitive to this. Obtain permission from locals to photograph them. Some hotels don't permit jeans and T-shirts. On safari, wear dull colours, white is not practical. The majority of the population hold animistic beliefs.

GEOGRAPHY & CLIMATE:
Most of the country forms a high-lying continental plateau with few mountain features. Arid grasslands and semi-desert conditions dominate the central and southern regions while the far north is tropical, including the Okavango Delta area. Exept for the northern tropical region, the country's climate is typically continental with extremely high temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius in the dry season and occasionally low night-time temperatures, falling below zero in some areas. Generally hot throughout the year. Winter in April-October is dry, making game viewing easier, because the grasses are low. Rainy season is November-March. The air is dry virtually all year and August is the month of dust storms.

RELIGION:
The majority of the population os of Christian religion. There are other religions, such as Islam and Hindu, as the people enjoy freedom of religion.

WATER:
Water supplies are safe in the urban areas, but not reliable in rural regions. With a large number of wildlife and cattle, the limited water sources in rural areas are heavily utilised. All water from unknown sources should be boiled, filtered and purified. It is also advisable to carry water when travelling in remote areas, including national parks and game reserves.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
All visitors must have valid passports and return tickets, but nationals from Japan, America, Canada, some of the commonwealth countries and most EEC countries will not require visas.

INTERNAL TRANSPORT:
Travel within the country can be conducted by road on good tar surfaces between major centres. For acccess to wilderness areas. air charter flights are the most convenient, or, in the case of very remote sites, 4X4 vehicles.