American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately. Your passport must have at least one blank page for the entry stamp. This cannot include the ‘endorsement’ page at the back.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
A visa is not required for citizens of the U.S. and Canada. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with Botswana Embassies for the most up-to-date visa information.
Parents traveling with children will now be required to provide an unabridged birth certificate(It must contain the names of both parents, a certified copy of the birth certificate is acceptable) of all traveling children (under the age of 18 years old). This applies even when both parents are traveling with their children. When children are traveling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel.
Starting June 1, 2017, travelers to Botswana will also pay a US$30.00 Tourism Levy payable at all ports of entry including airports and border posts.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Currently Required Vaccinations: None
Yellow Fever - A yellow fever vaccination certificate is only required from travelers over one year of age if you are arriving from infected areas. Yellow fever certificate is not required for transit between South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana orf or visitors from US/Canada direct. Speak to your travel consultant for more details. Please refer to the Center for Disease Control website www.cdc.gov.
Malaria risks do exist though is extremely rare. The risk is less at higher elevations or in hotter locations. Speak to your medical practitioner for more details. We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Botswana has a climate which deals in extremes. From late May through to August is the country’s winter, which sees locals and tourists enjoying days of clear skies and warm temperatures and nights that range from cool to cold. This is the best time to see wildlife and also the busiest time of year for most areas as it is the time of school holidays for many children, especially from mid-July to mid-September. In the summer from October to April, Wildlife is much harder to spot and the region also is drenched in rain and stifled by high humidity. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Botswana is supplied at 220/240v. Both square and round wall plugs are used.
We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Botswana. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)
Internet: Is not accessible from the camp rooms, some lodges do have wireless or a shared business computer in the main area to check email. Please note that wi-fi and internet service provided in properties is at the discretion of each establishment and Kensington Tours has no control over this. Please feel free to check with your Sales Consultant before travel if you’d like to know internet set up at each of your properties or contact the properties directly so you are aware of their internet policy if this is important to you. You may like to speak to your internet provider prior to travel to arrange a roaming package
Generally speaking, we advise bringing P250-375 Pula per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Lodges often accept USD and ZAR, so you can tip and pay for items in these currencies, credit card is often accepted as well.
Language: English (Official), Setswana (Official and National)
Currency: Pula (BWP)
Religion: 70% of the population is Christian
Time Zone: UTC + 02
Electricity: 220/240 volts
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Botswana is 267
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Botswana: Ambulance: 997; Medical Rescue: 911; Police: 999; Fire: 998.