The land of breathtaking beauty
Botswana offers the traveller unimaginable experiences. Marvel in the beauty of this stunning country, its wildlife and nature, and immerse in thrilling experiences visiting its parks, nature reserves and heritage sites.
Botswana, referred to in official terms as the Republic of Botswana is a Southern African country. It borders South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The Zambezi Riverbanks onto Zambia, which can be reached from Botswana by crossing the famous Kazungula Bridge.
Botswana is mostly flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert.
With about 2.2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Its largest and most populated city is Gaborone.
Botswana’s climate is semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months. The summer season begins in November and ends in March. It usually brings very high temperatures. The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm. However, with no cloud cover, evening and night temperatures can rapidly fall.
In terms of weather and game viewing, the best months to visit are from April to October. During this period, the wildlife moves and gathers around what water there is in the natural waterholes and the borehole-fed dams.
Travelling to Botswana – accommodation options range from hotels, lodges, self-catering, guest houses, tented camps, bed and breakfast, safari camps, camping and caravanning, backpackers, houseboats, and mobile camps. The options are diverse and geared to cater for the most personal preferences.
Botswana’s public-transport network is limited. Public transport in Botswana includes buses, taxis and combis (minibuses), which are said to be cheap and reasonably frequent but are confined to specific routes.
The local currency in Botswana is the Pula. (sign: P; code: BWP). The Pula is subdivided into 100 thebe.
Major credit cards, such as MasterCard and Visa, are accepted throughout the country, in most hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and safari companies. However, shops in remote areas and service stations may only accept cash.
Botswana banks accept the following foreign currencies: US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euro and South African Rands in cash.