Botswana in detail

Planning Tips

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Check airline baggage restrictions (most charter companies in the delta have strict limits, usually around 15kg)
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company that you’re heading away
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance

What to Take

  • Binoculars and field guide
  • Mosquito repellent, net and prophylaxis for the country's northern half
  • Neutral-coloured clothing for safari
  • Small beanbag for steadying camera while in safari vehicles
  • Tracks4Africa paper and GPS maps
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate
  • An adaptor for electrical appliances
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Multi-purpose Swiss Army knife and a compass

What to Wear

Loose-fitting, light casual wear is recommended. If you're self-driving and camping, dress codes don't really apply. For luxury lodges and tented camps, a nice set of clothes (eg a button-up shirt for men) or two is a good idea for dinner. Out on safari, light neutral tones are recommended.


Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Botswana Tourism ( Tourism portal for the Botswana government with excellent, high-level coverage of the country.

Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa ( Promotes tourism in Botswana and Namibia.

Top Tips

* Book your luxury lodge or tented camp, or your self-drive campsite, many months in advance.

* Book months ahead also for your 4WD rental vehicle.

* If you're staying at a luxury lodge or tented camp, laundry is usually included, so no need for a really full suitcase.