Botswana is a fascinating country to visit, particularly for lovers of wildlife, adventure, stargazing and magnificent scenery, including desert, swamps, floodplains and flat pans. Approximately the size of France, this vast, untamed and landlocked southern African country borders South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia and is a friendly nation with a rich cultural heritage. Game-drives are the main draw here, with a number of reserves and national parks home to a plethora of amazing birdlife and animals, including iconic predators and endangered species such as Pel’s Fishing Owl, Brown Hyaena and Wattled Crane. Luxurious, intimate, colonial-style camps and lodges enhance Botswana’s appeal, with gourmet dining, bespoke excursions, activities such as game-drives, fishing and mokoro rides, plus stunning accommodation, just a few of the many attractions of an unforgettable safari experience here.
There is nowhere quite like the Okavango Delta on this planet. Botswana is blessed with this ecological paradise, courtesy of tectonic plate shifts that swell the Kwando River and flood the plains, thus providing the perfect sanctuary for animals to thrive. The abundance of animals is astonishing to witness, as the flooded plains are the perfect location to drink and graze in almost incomprehensible numbers (from May to October). In turn, this creates a spectacle that is not replicated anywhere else in the world. Species that may be seen during this time include the elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, hippo, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, impala, African Wild Dog and wildebeest.
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Located further north of the Delta, this area is a wonderfully isolated location boasting stunning scenery and prolific numbers of animals and birds, including herds of elephants that reach enormous densities in the dry winter months. Additionally, you'll find species of zebra, antelope, buffalo, wildebeest, hyaena, lion, leopard and cheetah, along with wild dogs, no doubt attracted by the marshes, waterways, riverine forests and grassland. At Kings Pool Camp you can enjoy spectacular sunsets and elephant-watching on a cruise aboard the camp's double-decker barge, Queen Sylvia.
Moremi Game Reserve
Covering a staggering one-third of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is home to some of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. It is also very unique as it is the only part of the Okavango Delta that it cordoned off for the conservation of wildlife. Moremi is also home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ (lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos) and, notably, the work done to protect one of the largest remaining populations of wild dogs in Moremi is commendable.
Selinda Reserve is a glorious area of Botswana comprising 320,000 acres of pristine wilderness. It is home to the ancient, mesmeric Selinda Spillway, which flows in two directions and leads to Okavanga Delta in the south and the Linyanti wetlands in the west. Here, you’ll find the largest concentrations of elephants and buffalo in southern Africa, along with the endangered ‘Painted Wolf’, the African Wild Dog and can enjoy early-morning and late-afternoon game-drives, guided bush walks and boat-based activities when water levels permit.
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Botswana's climate is semi-arid making the winter months (from May to August) the best and most popular time to visit as the grass is sparse and animals are easier to spot. However, during the summer (from November to March) Botswana’s becomes a kaleidoscopic paradise with an explosion of new life, allowing predators to take full advantage of the abundance of inexperienced young. The receding water levels reveal more open areas populated by grazing game species and make the islands and plains more accessible.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Botswana.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Onward connecting flights with Airlink and Air Botswana to Maun.
From London Heathrow to Johannesburg: 10 hours, 50 minutes.
Onward connecting flights from Johannesburg to Maun: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Botswana Tourism Development
From 01 June 2017, visitors to Botswana will be asked to pay a new Conservation & Tourism Levy of 30.00USD when they arrive at all ports of entry (excluding children aged 9 and below).
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
From 1 October 16, new regulations have come into force in Botswana regarding documentation requirements for child travellers. Please note that parents now need to present a child's valid passport, along with a certified copy of their unabridged birth certificate. Should a child be travelling with only one birth parent, or legal guardian, a signed affidavit must be provided by the other parent.
A visa is required for entry into Botswana.
Dual nationals using two different passports can only enter the country on the same passport can only enter the country on the same passport they used to exit the previous country.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
In certain areas, precautions against malaria are necessary.