Weather & climate
The weather in Botswana is generally pleasant throughout the year. Summer runs from November to the end of March and usually brings very high temperatures. It’s also the rainy season so cloud coverage and rain can cool things down, although usually only for a short period of time.
Winter, from May to August, is also the dry season when there’s virtually no rain. The days are invariably sunny and cool to warm, however in some areas the temperatures at night can drop below freezing.
Passports & visas
Australian and New Zealand passport holders don’t require a visa. You will, however, need a current passport with two blank pages and six months’ validity from the date you return home.
All children under the age of 18 are required to present an unabridged copy of their birth certificate when entering or leaving Botswana.
For more information, see: Travelling to Africa with Children.
Consult your GP or a travel doctor at least six weeks before you travel. You may be required or recommended to get vaccinations for measles, yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A & B, among others. Malaria is present in Botswana so malaria prophylactics are recommended. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for anyone entering Botswana from a yellow fever endemic country, including: Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and South America. You may be denied entry into Botswana if you don’t have this proof of vaccination, so please carry your certificate with you and present to immigration.
Botswana has two international airports, in Maun and Kasane.
There are also domestic airports and airfields that connect major towns and safari destinations.
Due to huge wetlands and the remoteness of camps, most of our itineraries involve light aircraft flights between places.
Driving from place to place is possible in the Kasane/Chobe region with one of our private guides and 4×4 vehicles, but keep in mind road conditions can slow you down.
Currency & language
The local currency is the Pula, and the US dollar is the accepted currency in the tourism industry.
Credit cards are accepted, although not American Express. Setswana and English are the two official languages in Botswana.