Botswana Overview

Botswana is one of the few countries in Africa which has managed to maintain its exclusivity and leave vast areas of wilderness untouched. The people of Botswana have set aside 17% of some of the most beautiful parts of their country as National Parks and Game Reserves. The official policy of the government with regards to tourism is one of high quality and low density as opposed to low cost and high volume. This remarkable foresight by the Botswana government has guaranteed the area’s exclusivity. Extremely strict standards and controls assure the safari traveller the most fulfilling experience possible.

Botswana is home to the luxuriant water channels of the Okavango Delta, one of the great natural wonders of our amazing planet and a bastion for wildlife and birdlife. Wildlife watching in pristine wilderness is probably the main lure for safari travellers to Botswana and with a variety of National Parks and Reserves it should never disappoint. Chobe National ParkKhama Rhino Sanctuary,Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Khutse Game Reserve, Nxai Pan National Park and Moremi Game Reserve provide a real contrast of Botswana safari habitats and experiences. Here in a land where vast herds of elephant roam free, and zebra feed peacefully at dusk beneath a scarlet African sunset, Botswana safari game viewing can be equally as good, if not better, than some of the more famous game reserves in East Africa.

Location of Botswana: Southern Africa 
Capital City of Botswana: Gaborone
Population of Botswana: 1.6 million
Language(s) spoken in Botswana: English, Setswana
Dialling Code in Botswana: 267
Emergency numbers in Botswana: Police: 999. Fire: 998. Ambulance: 997
Driving in Botswana: Driving is on the left
Opening Hours in Botswana:
Bank: 0900-1530 Mon-Fri 0815-1045 Sat
Office: 0730-1630 Mon-Fri
Shops: 0800-1800 Mon-Fri, 0800-1300 Sat-Sun
Hints for Botswana: Business is conducted in English. Photography is generally unrestricted but where there are regulations these will be made explicit. Many traditions and customs regulate social life and visitors should be perceptive to unfamiliar local conventions. The minimum drinking age is 18 years
Tipping in Botswana: Tips are discretionary
Import Allowances for Botswana: For persons of 18 years of age or older:
400 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 250gr of tobacco
2 lit wine and 1 lit of alcoholic beverages
250ml of perfume and 250ml of toilet water
Prohibited/Restricted in Botswana: The import of narcotics and pornography is prohibited and there are restrictions on the import of firearms, ammunition, food & plants

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