The Makgadikgadi Pans are salt pans in the middle of the dry savanna of north eastern Botswana. They make up one of the largest salt flats in the world. The pans are all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up several thousand years ago.
Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. By size, it is the third largest park of the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park, and is the most diverse. It is also the country's first national park.
Click on the appropriate route links below to call up comprehensive Google Map directions to either Kasane or Maun.
As with many lush, forrested, tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa, Northern Botswana comes with the risk of Malaria infection at certain times of the year. Visting Chobe and the Okavango region will therefore require all visitors to take the necessary precautions.
Consulting your doctor regarding taking prophylactics, and adherance to sensible precautions will greatly minimize the risk of contracting malaria. It is recommended to wear long sleeved clothing at sunset, and liberally using of mosquito repellant.
All camps provide mosquito repellant creams.
For more information on malaria in Botswana, see malaria in Botswana.
The Pula is the currency of Botswana. Pula literally means "rain" in Setswana, because rain is very precious in this region. Pula also means "blessing" as rain is considered a blessing.
To find the latest currency exchange rates for the Pula - click here.
All major currencies can be exchanged in Botswana. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted as payment methods.
Aquiring a visa is a necessary requirement for most citizens of other countries, before entering Botswana. There are however a few countries' citezens who do not need a visa to visit on holiday. You can see the list of countries here.
For more information about your visa requirement we suggest you visit Botswana's government website offering detailed information - click here.
Botswana has a low annual rainfall. However, their seasons can be split into two, the rainy (wet) season and the dry season.
The rains usually begin towards the end of the year, in October or November. This is the start of the wet season, which runs until March or April, the following year.
There can however be periods of prolonged sunshine and dry spells during this period.
Typically, around April, temperatures begin to fall. May, the start of winter, is generally regarded as the first day of the dry season. The days are usually clear, sunny, long and warm (occasionally hot).
In August, at the start of Spring, temperatures increase steadily and some days can become very hot and dry. September, October and November are typically dry, leading up to the rainy, wet season.
Here is a list of some items you will need, or should bring with you when you visit Botswana.