Home to large populations of wildlife, rugged national parks, wetlands alive with birds and one of the world’s largest deltas, Botswana’s bounty of natural treasures is remarkable.
With winter sunshine, a temperate climate and golden sunsets, it’s no wonder most locals have beaming smiles - they’re surrounded by some of Mother Nature’s greatest triumphs.
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Botswana tour reviews
Our Botswana trips score an average of 4.74 out of 5 based on 208 reviews in the last year.
Okavango & Beyond, April 2017
A trip of a lifetime. The stay in the Delta with the wonderful polers of the Okavango was the best experience of my life. Tips for future travellers: take in to account the time of year that you're travelling (I definitely didn't need a 3-4 season sleeping bag in April) and take spare batteries for camera/phone. The food on the trip was delicious, as others have said, you definitely won't go hungry! A trip full of great memories!
Review submitted 29 May 2017
Explore Southern Africa, April 2017
This is an excellent camping trip staying in many camping locations including campsites and 'wild' locations where wild animals can and do roam through. It is a participatory trip, therefore do not expect the trip guide and driver to put up your tent. Meals are plentiful, and are made on the portable cooker or campfire, with boiling kettle usually available for tea or coffee. You get up very early, usually before dawn and therefore often go to bed very early, unless you stay talking round the campfire under the wonderful dark skies full of stars. If you are seeking wild life, are sociable, adaptable, and are not wanting posh hotels this is a wonderful trip
Review submitted 23 May 2017
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Botswana travel highlights
Look for leopards and cheetahs along the Khwai River
Spot hippos and crocodiles while cruising the Chobe River
Ride a canoe and camp out in the luscious Okavango Delta
Chobe National Park
See herds of magnificent elephants in Chobe National Park
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
See rare white rhinos on a game drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Moremi Game Reserve
Explore the woodlands and floodplains of the Moremi Game Reserve
Transport in Botswana
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Botswana, you may find yourself travelling by:
Accommodation in Botswana
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Botswana you may find yourself staying in a:
Botswana holiday information
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Botswana travel FAQs
Australia: No visa required
Belgium: No visa required
Canada: No visa required
Germany: No visa required
Ireland: Yes - visa required
Netherlands: No visa required
New Zealand: No visa required
South Africa: No visa required
Switzerland: No visa required
United Kingdom: No visa required
USA: No visa required
Citizens of countries not listed above, including most EU countries, should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required. For passengers requiring a visa to Botswana, application forms can be downloaded from http://www.gov.bw/en/ as well as instructions for applying.
Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate:
A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through Botswana, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region.
Children travelling to Botswana:
Please note that if you’re travelling to Botswana with a person under the age of 18 then you need to provide a certified copy of the child’s full unabridged birth certificate in order to enter the country (the one listing the child’s details and both parents’ details. - the short birth certificate which only lists the child’s details won’t be accepted).
Additionally, if the child is travelling with only one parent, with neither biological parent, or is unaccompanied, then they must provide an affidavit of consent of the parent(s) that are not travelling, to prove that the trip is made with both parents' consent. Please contact your nearest Botswanan Embassy if you have further questions regarding this.
Although tipping isn’t mandatory in Botswana, a little generosity will be positively received by locals. Setting aside a small amount for porters, guides and drivers is wise, as is leaving spare change or rounding up the bill at restaurants. Restaurants and cafes in urban areas may expect a further 10% added to the bill.
Travellers will have access to internet cafes in Botswana’s larger cities, but limited to no access should be expected in rural areas and national parks.
Mobile phone coverage is good in Botswana’s larger cities and towns but less so in rural areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.
Botswana has a combination of modern flushable toilets and squat/pit toilets, depending on where you are travelling and staying. Generally, large hotels, modern restaurants and city cafes have flushable toilets, while remote areas like national parks, campgrounds and villages typically have squat toilets.
Soft Drink = 2 BWP
Snack = 4.50 BWP
Bottle of beer = 5 BWP
Basic Lunch = 15-20 BWP
Dinner at a restaurant = 55-100 BWP
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Botswana. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found, some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels, modern shops and western-style restaurants but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
You will be able to find ATMs in the big cities, airports and regional towns of Botswana. Rural areas, national parks and small villages will have limited to no ATMs, so be sure to carry other payment options before travelling out of the big cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 2 Jan New Year Holiday
- 3 Jan New Year Holiday
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 25 May Ascension Day
- 1 Jul Sir Seretse Khama Day
- 17 Jul President's Day
- 18 Jul President's Day Holiday
- 30 Sep Botswana Day
- 2 Oct Botswana Holiday
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Botswana go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/botswana /public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Botswana
- Be considerate of Botswana’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
- Refrain from buying ivory or other products harvested from endangered animals.