Botswana

Botswana is a land of amazing variety, dramatic landscapes and unforgettable safari destinations. Botswana’s great rivers—the Chobe, the Linyanti and the Kwando—are teeming with herds of elephants and packs of wild dogs known as the “painted wolves” of Africa. Herds of zebra, wildebeest, and other mammals migrate in the Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pans National Park searching for stable water and food supplies. The world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta, is located in the northwest of Botswana, its lush beauty and its abundant supply of wildlife and birds standing in stark contrast to the Kalahari Desert, while a large saltpan called the Makgadikgadi Pan, lies in the north. Most of Botswana’s population lives in the more hilly eastern side of the country. Botswana’s infrastructure is excellent and it is a very safe destination, where the country’s policy of low-impact, higher cost tourism has ensured the wilderness remains pristine and exclusive.

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Landlocked, sparsely populated and semi-arid, Botswana is about the same size France and slightly smaller than Texas. Botswana is predominantly flat – tending toward gently rolling tableland – bounded by Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, and dominated in the western part of the country by the great Kalahari Desert, which covers roughly 70 percent of its land surface. At Kazungula, four countries – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia – meet at a single point mid-stream in the Zambezi River.

For visitors interested in stepping back in time and meeting some of Botswana’s most fascinating people, the desolate Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to one of the world’s most rapidly disappearing indigenous populations, the Kalahari Bushmen, who listen to dissonant music and dance a dance seemingly as old as the land itself.

Travel Information

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Botswana are the “Type M ” South African SABS1661 (“Large” 15 amp BS-546) sockets. This is actually an old British standard….

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Banking

Currency – Botswana’s currency is Pula (which means ‘rain’ in Setswana). It is divided into 100 thebe (which means ‘shield’ in Setswana)….

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Cuisine

Tap water is considered safe to drink, although outside main cities and towns, visitors are advised to check first and sterilise water if in any doubt….

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Climate

Botswana’s climatic pattern is typical of southern Africa, although its rainfall is less than countries further east. The rains in Botswana come mostly…

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Transport

Public transport in Botswana is geared towards the needs of the local populace and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although…

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Dress

In summer, lightweight, lightcoloured cottons are preferable. Avoid synthetic materials and black clothing, as they increase perspiration and discomfort….

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Visa

Effective from 1 June 2017, all travellers to Botswana (with the exception of residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community) will…

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Regions

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Straddling the border of South Africa and Botswana, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is known as one of the jewels of the desert featuring an expansive wilderness scattered with grasslands and red dunes. For a different type of wildlife experience, many tourists head to this northwestern corner of South Africa, where…

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Okavango Delta

Situated in the northwestern corner of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site as it is the largest inland delta in the world. The magnificent Okavango River sprawls out over the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert forming this flourishing waterlogged oasis featuring countless meandering waterways and crystal…

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Featured Tours

Reviews

Susan’s Trip to Africa

Southern Sky Adventures did a great job helping us to plan our trip to Africa.  They covered all of the details—everything from flights and accommodations to safari essentials to in-country cell phone service to restaurant and activity recommendations.  Richard even managed to make suggestions on how four women should not…

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Louise’s African Experience

Our fall trip to Africa included 11 wonderful and diverse individuals for four venues, over a two week period.   How can this many people enjoy themselves so much for this extended period of time?  The answer is Richard Pace!  You worked diligently to anticipate our every need, and continued to…

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