What you need to know
Information and Facts
Plan your dream adventure and experience Africa’s best kept secret, Botswana. Be amazed with the vast wildlife and adventure, camp in peaceful serenity, and be delighted with the beautiful people and delicious food. Botswana truly is paradise and a perfect adventure for any pace. Speak to one of our destination specialist and learn more about customizing your next adventure.
Botswana is generally of a sub-tropical climate year-round. It’s sunny mostly throughout the year as well, however, the country has two seasons. The winter period from May to August has an average temperature of around 14 °C whereas the hot summer season from November to March offer average temperatures of around 26 °C.
Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Botswana. We recommend our travellers purchase travel insurance. The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day. Take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else have copies on-hand of your important documents.
Some vaccines may be recommended, and should be up to date when travelling to Botswana. These recommended vaccines include: Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, meningitis and the influenza shot among others. It is best to seek advice from a medical professional prior to travel.
Currency & Customs
The currency in Botswana is the Botswanan pula. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is widely accepted. Your passport must be valid, or should not expire, for at least 6 months past the date of your return. You would need a visa to enter if you are entering on a temporary passport.
The electrical current for Botswana is 230 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust (best to seek advice from an electronic or gadget specialist).
The main spoken language in Botswana, including business language and in written communications, is English. The language in Botswana is Tswana.