All you need to know before visiting Botswana

Travellers information

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What to bring on a camping safari

  • Hat
  • sungscreen
  • mosquito repellent
  • sunglasses
  • binoculars
  • extra camera batteries
  • walking boots (for walking safaris)
  • raincoat (November-March)
 
  • Electrical adaptors (south african round 3 prong adaptor)
  • headlamp
  • scarf
  • clothlines or rope
  • universal plug
  • notebook/pen
  • baby wipes
 

Botswana - Facts & stats

Botswana is a country of contradictions. In the north, the Okavango River runs with inexorable force into the dry scrubland, thereby transforming it into one of the most diverse areas of Africa. The Okavango Delta, which is visible even from outer space, forms the largest inland delta on Earth. South of this nourishing paradise, the mighty Kalahari Desert stretches as far as the eye can see.

Botswana borders South Africa in the south and south-east, Namibia in the west and north, and Zimbabwe in the north-east. Zambia just touches Botswana in the north-east forming a juncture with Namibia and Zimbabwe.

The country compares roughly to the size of France with a population of 2 million people.  Approximately 3,5 inhabitants per square kilometre make Botswana one of the least crowded nations on the planet. A whopping 40% of Botswana is preserved for wildlife.


Climate & best time to visit

Rainy season

Rains are expected to fall between November and March, but as rainfall is erratic this is by no means certain. Rainstorms are frequent but fast, and roads can become very muddy or flooded.

Dry season

May to October is dry and dusty. October is the hottest month. Temperatures can climb up to 46°C but may get close to 0°C during the nights, and below freezing during the winter months May to July.

Best time to visit

Each season has its own charme. If you enjoy seeing the Kalahari in bloom, don't mind a bit of occaisional rain, then the rainy season is perfect for you! The dry season makes game viewing a little bit easier, since all the animals gather around scarces waterholes.

 

Currency

The currency of Botswana is called 'Pula'. The word 'Pula' is Setswana meaning 'rain', which is precious in Botswana. Therefore it is also the unit of currency in Botswana (referred to as BWP). One BWP = 100 thebe.

 

Language

The first and second official language of Botswana is Setswana and English.

 

Check out frequently asked questions regarding our camping safaris here.