- 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 (www.lonelyplanet.com/botswana) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
Botswana Tourism (www.botswanatourism.co.bw) Tourism portal for the Botswana government with excellent, high-level coverage of the country.
Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (www.retosa.co.za) Promotes tourism in Botswana and Namibia.
* 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.