BOTSWANA - Globus Escorted Tours & Guided Vacations Botswana is the oldest democratic state in Africa
BOTSWANA - Globus Escorted Tours & Guided Vacations Botswana is the oldest democratic state in Africa
BOTSWANA - Globus Escorted Tours & Guided Vacations Botswana is the oldest democratic state in Africa
BOTSWANA - Globus Escorted Tours & Guided Vacations Botswana is the oldest democratic state in Africa
BOTSWANA - Globus Escorted Tours & Guided Vacations Botswana is the oldest democratic state in Africa

BOTSWANA - Globus Escorted Tours & Guided Vacations Botswana is the oldest democratic state in Africa

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    BOTSWANA Capital: Gaborone Language: Setswana, English Population: 2.1 million Time Zone: EST plus 6 hours Currency: Pula (BWP), US dollar Electricity: 220-240V/50Hz

    Fun Facts ● Botswana is the oldest democratic state in Africa. ● The border between Botswana and Zambia is only 150 meters (492 feet) long – the shortest border

    in the world. ● Nearly 40% of Botswana’s land is national parks and wildlife reserve. ● Botswana is home to the world’s biggest concentration of African elephants, most of which are

    found in Chobe National Park. ● The country’s Jwaneng Diamond Mine, the richest in the world, was reportedly discovered when

    termites pushed specks of diamond to the surface.

    Nestled between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zambia, the Republic of Botswana is a land of stark beauty and tremendous contrast. Although dominated by the vast Kalahari Desert, the largest stretch of sand on Earth, Botswana is also home to the life-sustaining Okavango Delta. It is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world and, as a result, contains some of the most pristine and uninterrupted wildlife habitat on the continent. Chobe National Park alone encompasses more than 4,200 sq. mi. (11,000 sq. km.) – the size of a small country. This makes it the ideal place for spotting resident elephants and zebras, hippos and rhinos, African wild dogs, meerkats, cheetahs and hyenas, Cape buffalos and blue wildebeest, more than 400 species of birds, and even black-maned lions and the reclusive leopard.

    VISAS, PASSPORTS, AND OTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    You are responsible for obtaining and paying for all entry documents (visas, etc.) and for meeting all health requirements (inoculations, etc.) as required by the laws, regulations, or orders of the countries you will visit. We cannot accept liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country for failure to carry correct documentation.

    A visa for your visit to Botswana is not necessary for Canadian Citizens. If you hold a passport from another country, check with your local consulate about requirements for travel to Botswana.

    All passengers travelling internationally are required to have a passport. Most countries require that the passport be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the conclusion of your trip, so please check the expiration date carefully. It is also recommended you have a minimum of three blank pages in your passport when traveling, as many countries require blank pages. Please carry proper identification (your passport) on you and do not leave it in your suitcase or hotel room. Most countries have laws that require you to carry your passport with you at all times.

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    Health Requirements It is imperative to find out from your physician what inoculations may be required for travel to Southern Africa, and if any other health precautions are recommended (such as anti-malaria pills). For more details, you might also like to consult the internet site of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/travel.

    Traveling with children The Botswana government has approved new regulations pertaining to children under the age of 18 visiting the country. All children will be required to produce certified/notarized copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate. We recommend you visit the Botswana embassy website (www.botswanaembassy.org) for the latest details prior to travel.

    COUNTRY CODES

    The country code for Botswana is 267. When calling to Botswana from overseas, dial your international access code (011 from the US/Canada), followed by the country code, area code, and phone number. Phone numbers in Botswana are 8 digits in length. Dialing from the US/Canada: 011 267# ### ####.

    CURRENCY

    As a general guideline, bring a variety of payment means, particularly in the event that you have difficulties with your preferred method of payment.

    U.S. Dollars are widely accepted throughout Botswana. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can also exchange U.S. Dollars into the local currency, the Botswana Pula. For initial convenience we recommend you bring some US dollars with you from home. It is advisable to bring newer US notes that are in good condition as some merchants will not accept those that are tattered and/or old.

    ATMs are the most convenient way to obtain money in Botswana, as they are readily available throughout the country and the vast majority of ATMs dispense U.S. Dollars.

    1 Botswanan Pula = 100 Thebe

    ● Banknote denominations: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 Pula ● Coin denominations: 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 Thebe, and 1, 2, 5 Pula

    For the most current exchange rates, please go to our website at globusfamily.com/currency.

    Credit cards are accepted in Botswana at all lodges and camps and at most establishments in major city centers. Visa and MasterCard are most accepted. Smaller shops may ask you to pay in cash or may have a minimum amount required to use a credit card.

    Bank hours: ● Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Typically, 9 am–2:30 pm ● Wednesday: 8:15 am–Noon ● Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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    BUDGETING AND SHOPPING

    The following budget guidelines are just approximate values or starting values for meals and are per person. Actual prices will vary widely by restaurant and city within a country but below are some averages as provided by our experienced personnel.

    ● The approximate cost of a soft drink/mineral water/coffee is US$1-$2. ● An average lunch consisting of a salad or sandwich and a soda or water starts at approximately

    US$5-$10. ● Dinner at a mid-range restaurant with dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage starts at

    approximately US$40.

    Shopping Please be warned that if you buy items on tour to be shipped to your home, customs import charges are rarely included in the price. If you use a credit card for your purchase, you will be debited in the local currency, and your bank will establish the rate of exchange on the debit. Sales tax or GST (Goods & Services Tax) is normally already included on price tags; GST refunds, if applicable, are processed at the departing airport from the relevant country.

    TIPPING

    Tipping is a common practice in Botswana and usually well received. In restaurants and bars, a tip of 10%-20% is acceptable.

    Tip taxi drivers 10% of the fare.

    For hotel and room service, a common tip amount is 10-20 Pula per service if warranted (excluding porterage, which is included).

    ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRICAL OUTLETS

    At Lodges & Camps In Botswana, many lodges and camps offer electricity 24 hours a day, however some do shut down the electricity late at night and/or midday to conserve energy. Rest assured, this is a normal practice and part of the safari experience. There is still hot water for showers and enough time to charge batteries/electronic equipment. If you require 24-hour electricity for a breathing device, please let us know prior to departure.

    Outlets Voltage for outlets is 220-240V. North American voltage is generally 110V. Therefore, you will need a converter for your travels. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet, but these may not convert the voltage, so both devices are necessary.

    TEMPERATURES

    Botswana experiences its semi-arid season from April to October, when it tends to be slightly cooler, while heavier rains usually occur from November to March.

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    To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for northern Botswana.

    Chobe National Park Ja nu ar y

    Fe br ua ry

    M ar ch

    Ap ril

    M ay

    Ju ne Ju ly

    Au gu st

    Se pt em

    be r

    O ct ob er

    N ov em

    be r

    D ec em

    be r

    19/32°C 18/31°C 9/28°C 6/25°C 13/33°C 19/32°C 19/31°C 14/31°C 6/25°C 9/28°C 18/35°C 19/33°C

    To convert to Fahrenheit, multiply by 2, then add 30. While not exact, this simple formula will give a close estimation.

    A TYPICAL DAY ON SAFARI

    Below is an outline of a typical day on safari. It is important to note that there is no way to predict 100% what will happen each day as nature is always full of wonderful surprises! Changes may be implemented due to weather or due to a spontaneous and magical safari moment that captures your attention. Game activities vary by itinerary and lodge, so please refer to your itinerary or lodge description for a summary of game activities offered.

    All meals are provided while on safari in Botswana.

    Morning – Wake up early between 5 am and 5:30 am, for coffee/tea. Although this may seem very early, it is essential to head out early, as this is the time of day many animals are most active. Depart your lodge between 5:30 am and 6 am. The game activity generally lasts around 3 hours; with breakfast is served upon your return to the lodge.

    Late morning/Midday – Time to relax at your lodge. Read a book, take a nap, or go for a swim! Lunch is generally served from 12/12:30 pm until 2 pm.

    Afternoon – Around 3:30 pm, gather for tea and snacks before embarking on your afternoon game activity. This allows time to see the animals during the daylight,