Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Botswana? See everything you need to know before you go.


Capital: Gaborone
Population:  2.25 million
Currency: Botswana pula (BWP)
Languages: English & Setswana
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)


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.

Entry requirements

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.

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.


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

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

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 traveling to these areas.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Tours & Packages to Botswana


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Best of South Africa
Cape Town & Johannesburg, 3 game drives in Kruger and a private conservancy, plus an afternoon bush walk; stay in upscale hotels throughout
13 days  •  from $3899 $3499
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Incredible South Africa with Rovos Luxury Train
A Crown Collection Luxury Tour: Johannesburg, 4 safaris in a Private Game Reserve, 2 nights aboard Rovos Luxury Train & Cape Town
13 days  •  from $7899 $7299
per person, double occupancy*
dates luxury tour + flights
Kenya Wildlife Safari
Nairobi, then 9 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara; Stay in deluxe Nairobi hotels & superior safari lodges
10 days  •  from $3799 $3399
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights