Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world, mainly due to the Kalahari Desert. The area, actually a mix between a desert and a savannah, covers a large part of the country. The east is characterized by hills, while the major eye-catchers of the northwest are the Okavango Delta and the associated wetlands. The major attraction of the northeast is Chobe National Park. You understand: nature lovers traveling through Botswana will not regret this choice!
Just like in the Kalahari desert, the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, contains huge Insel mountains, a kind of islands hundreds of meters tall. Every year thousands of tourists flock to the delta to spot giraffes, baboons, impalas, zebras, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, lions, leopards, hyenas, more than four hundred bird species, and all sorts of exotic animals. You can take a walk, but also a trip on the water in a canoe.
Whether you visit the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta, or Chobe National Park, traveling around Botswana constantly amazes you with all the beauty that nature has to offer you. Meet the fantastic scenery, the impressive animals, and the traditionally living population in the south of beautiful Africa on a Botswana tour!
18 Days / 17 Nights
Starting from: $3,250 USD per person
Follow the footprints of Dr. Livingstone, you will start this tour in Livingstone, Zambia, and head through some amazing wildlife reserves and concessions in Botswana towards Namibia where you witness some amazing nature. From the bright orange dunes in Sossusvlei to the dunes ending in the ocean in Swakopmund, it’s a truly magical combination to visit these 3 countries. This tour is a self-drive camping tour with an upgrade to lodges during some nights.
Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
The contract is a general guide to the tour, region, and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives of the same level and value for money.
Kindly note that water is scarce in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.
Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. We have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.
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Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag, or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.
What to Pack? – Packing list
• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures, and a telephoto lens (in the 200-400mm range) to catch animals at a distance; Renting a camera is not possible
• Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colors. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension), and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
• Adaptor for D and G Type Plugs.
Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.
Visa & Entry requirements As a tourist, a visa is obtained upon arrival. It is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days. You have to make sure that your passport is valid for another 6 months from the day of departure from Botswana. As well you will need proof of traveling out of Botswana.
Insurance A travel insurance is highly recommended when traveling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com
Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitizers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.
Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.
Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash, and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated.
The use of drones in national parks in Southern Africa is prohibited.
Electricity In Botswana the power plugs and sockets are of type D, G, and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Religion Botswana is a Christian majority nation and allows freedom of religious practice.
Climate The climate in Botswana is semi-arid. During the dry winter months of April through early September, the days are warm, but the nights and early mornings can be very cold (sometimes even near or below freezing)! Mid- to late September through April is a much warmer period. Late October is generally the hottest time of the year, with temperatures often reaching into the 100s° F. During the green season, rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable, and highly regional. A heavy downpour may occur frequently in one area, while a few miles away, there is no rain at all.
Best time to visit The best time to visit Botswana is during the dry season between May and October when you can expect warm, sunny days (22C-35C/ 77F – 95F) and chilly nights. This is also when the water levels in the Okavango Delta are at their highest, creating the waterways and channels Botswana is famed for.
Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering Botswana. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.
Money and currency In Botswana, the local currency is the Pula. You can bring USD, Euros, or Pounds and exchange them at any bank or foreign exchange bureau. American Dollars that are series 2006 or earlier are not accepted and very difficult to change in Southern and Eastern Africa, because of past forgeries.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash if you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine cannot connect to any network. Please keep in mind that credit- or debit card payments may be subject to an extra charge, varying from 3.5% - 5%.
Dress code During the safari we recommend you wear comfortable clothes in natural colors like beige, khaki, and green. Always bring a hat while on safari as it’s easy to catch a sunburn. During safaris, comfortable shoes like sports shoes are recommended. In the case of hiking, comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. In cities and villages, we advise you to wear modest clothing as Botswana is a conservative country.
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