Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is one of the great safari destinations in Africa.
Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa, bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. It has a population of over 2 million that consists of various types of people from myriad ethnic tribes and groups. Botswana is also one of the poorest countries in the world and has the second highest HIV prevalence rate among adults.
Botswana is one of the few places in Africa where one can go on safari by house-boat, makora (dugout canoe) or motorboat. It has the highest elephant population on the continent, and nearly 40% of the land is reserved with unfenced national parks and game reserves where wildlife and wetland is abundant.
Popular tourist attractions are safari tours, the game reserves and the Okavango Delta region.
Before travelling to Botswana it's important to understand the risks and how our travel insurance can help eliminate them, so you can enjoy your holiday.
Botswana is home to spectacular wildlife with elephants, big cats and African wild dogs who roam free making it one of the greatest safari destinations in the world.
The landscape is diverse from great rivers, deserts and salt pans and is home to the world's most unique river, the Okavango delta where the waters are swallowed by the Kahalari Sand after passing through the system.
Australians do not need a visa to enter Botswana, however this can change regularly as well as currency, customs and quarantine regulations so you should contact the Consulate of Botswana in advance of your trip.
You should be aware that very few locals will know street names or addresses - they go off landmarks. Public transport can be pretty unreliable, there are a combination of kombis and coaches through the main areas that will get you around. It's also common to wait hours for a bus so bring water as they are often not air-conditioned.
Getting around by car is ok as the roads are paved and pretty well maintained, however you will need to be aware that wild animals and cows, donkeys and goats can spend time in the middle of the road. The locals take injuries or deaths of their cattle by motorists very seriously.
There are no trains in Botswana.
Tourist attacks are quite rare but you should always pay particular attention to your safety. Violent crime such as break-ins and carjacking do occur. Foreigners have been robbed in the areas of Gaborone Dam and Kgale Hill in the capital Gaborone.
It important that if you are a victim of violent crime such as rape that you seek immediate medical assistance due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
It's important you visit your local GP well ahead of any international travel. You should be up to date with your routine vaccines before every trip including measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella, polio and your yearly flu shot.
We highly recommend you get the Yellow Fever vaccine and you should also get a Hepatitis A & B shot and a typhoid vaccine. Your GP will be able to recommend appropriate course of action
Botswana has a subtropical desert climate distinguished by day and night temperatures and very low rainfall and humidity. The dry season is from May to October is relatively cool, and night temperatures can get pretty low during June, July & August. The Wet Season is from November to April and January and February are the wettest months, and often have torrential downpours in the afternoon.
Consular assistance can be found at the folowing;
Plot No. 50637, Block 10, Airport Road (Next to Airport Junction Shopping Centre) Gaborone, Botswana
Telephone:+ 267 390 299
292 Orient Street, Arcadia, Pretoria.
Telephone: +27 12 423 6000
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