Fast Facts: Botswana

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

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.

What is required for entry?

See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to 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.

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