Botswana

Botswana is a favourite safari destination because it is committed to wildlife conservation and is rich in unique landscapes teeming with some of the best wildlife Africa has to offer. For a complete African adventure you need only stay Under one Botswana Sky.

Use the map on this page for an overview of Botswana's key tourist attractions, and destinations, all of which Under One Botswana Sky's camps offer easy accessibility to. Below you will find useful information that we have highlighted for all visitors wishing to visit Botswana.


Quick facts:

The Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It has held uninterrupted democratic elections since independence. Botswana is still one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.
Capital: Gaborone (24°39.5′S 25°54.5′E)
Key destinations: Okavango Delta, Chobe Game Reserve,
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Population: 2 Million
Currency: Pula (BWP)
Language: English & Setswana

The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a very large outland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari.

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Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

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.

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Chobe National Park

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.

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  • Directions: Getting there

    Click on the appropriate route links below to call up comprehensive Google Map directions to either Kasane or Maun.

    South Africa:
    Johannesburg to Kasane (Chobe): get directions
    Johannesburg to Maun (Delta region): get directions

    Zambia:
    Livingstone to Kasane (Chobe): get directions
    Livingstone to Maun (Delta region): get directions

    Zimbabwe:
    Victoria Falls to Kasane (Chobe): get directions
    Victoria Falls to Maun (Delta region): get directions

    Namibia:
    Windhoek to Kasane (Chobe): get directions
    Windhoek to Maun (Delta region): get directions

  • Malaria: Risk and precautions

    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.

  • Currency and money

    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.

  • Visa Requirements

    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.


  • Climate and Weather

    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.

  • What to bring

    Here is a list of some items you will need, or should bring with you when you visit Botswana.

    • Comfortable 'safari' (non colourful) clothing
    • Mosquito repellant
    • A good pair of walking / hiking shoes
    • Sun screen
    • Binoculars
    • A good camera with a good lens
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat