Travel Information

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I take a commercial airline to Chobe?
    • Maybe.  Air Botswana (national airline of Botswana) offers flights a certain times of the year between Kasane and Johannesburg, Kasane and Gaberone and Kasane and Maun.  These flights, are often not daily, but operate on alternate dates.  More information is available at: http://www.airbotswana.co.bw/flight.asp?page=Flight+Information
  • Is Botswana a good family destination?
    • Botswana is a great destination for a family safari. Some lodges cater for specific age groups and arrange exciting activities for youngsters. However, the recommended age for children on safari is six years and older and some lodges do not take children under 12.
  • Is it safe to travel in Botswana?
    • Botswana is one of the safest countries in Africa. Since its independence in 1966 it has been a peaceful country led by a democratically-elected government. The discovery of diamonds has led to a strong economy and powerful development programs. Standard safety precautions apply, of course, so look after your valuables and don’t leave luggage unattended.
  • Can I use my credit card in Botswana?
    • Most references note that all major credit cards are accepted at hotels, shops and restaurants but acceptance outside of the major centers in Botswana is limited. Most lodges and restaurants accept payment by Visa and MasterCard.  If traveling up from South Africa, note that some petrol/gas stations only take credit cards specific to their chain/brand.
  • Are there any special health requirements?
    • Botswana is a malaria area and malaria prophylactics are highly recommended. Please consult your family doctor prior to travel. Note: during my Chobe travels in July, I have never seen a mosquito and many Southern African visitors do not take medication, but it would not be prudent to advise against proper protection.  We also recommend the use of additional precautionary measures, such as insect repellents and wearing long sleeved clothing, long trousers and socks when outside at night. Any person entering Botswana from, or via, a yellow fever infected area must be in possession of a valid International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever.  While I have not heard of cases of Swine Flu at Chobe, as of August 2009, 13 cases have been reported in Botswana.
  • Will I be able to use my mobile phone?
    • the major hotels and lodges in Kasane have direct international dialing service available. Major hotels and businesses offer a fax service.
  • Can I get access to the internet?
    • While you may not be able to hook up to the net from your lodge or hotel, there are several internet kiosk and internet café locations in Kasane.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink in Botswana?
    • Tap water in Botswana is purified and is safe to drink at hotels, lodges and other public places.  If you are uncomfortable with this option, bottled water is available at the local grocery stores.
  • When is the best time to travel to Botswana?
    • Botswana offers superb game viewing and safari activities throughout the year. The winter months (May to September) are dry, with warm and sunny days (26ºC / 79ºF average) but temperatures do drop dramatically at night. The summer months (October to April) are hot (25ºC / 77ºF – 45ºC / 113ºF).
  • When is the best time for bird watching in Botswana?
    • The best time to see Botswana’s prolific bird life is during the wet summer, between November and March, when the Okavango Delta is teeming with migratory birds.
  • Is there a yellow pages for finding companies/ information?

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