Fast Facts: Botswana

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Botswana for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Botswana’s rainfall is less than countries further east with most precipitation falling between the months of December and March.

April through May in Botswana offers clear skies and lush landscapes. The temperature at night begins drop during this time of year, particularly in the Kalahari Desert.

Areas around the Okavango tend to have less extreme, more moderate temperatures than the drier areas of the Kalahari.

Night-time temperatures in drier areas drop close to freezing from June to October, but increase rapidly during the day. The intense heat dries the landscapes, concentrating game to watering holes.

Check out the current weather conditions in Botswana.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

The northern part of Botswana, including Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta is in a malaria zone, so it is advisable to take the relevant precautions. Speak to a medical physician before travelling to these areas.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Botswana is the pula. Please review the current exchange rate on the pula.

What are the best things to shop for?

Shop for handicrafts, jewelry, quilts and musical instruments in Botswana.

What are the voltage requirements?

231 volts. Plug M. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.