Botswana captivates with a unique mix of impressively untouched nature and dreamlike landscapes. For safari enthusiasts and nature lovers, Botswana is the perfect country to be.

The name Botswana derives from the people of the Tswana, which forms the majority of the population in the country of Botswana. Botswana is often referred to as the patterned country of Africa, since its independence in 1966 has a democratic basic order and a government legitimized by regularly held elections. This stability makes Botswana a very popular holiday destination in southern Africa.

The country between Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa is marked by two fascinating contrasts. On the one hand, Botswana is 80% from the Kalahari Desert and the approximately 15,000 km² of the Okavango Basin offers hundreds of species of animals, a lot of forest and numerous small waterways that merge into lagoons. Especially during the rainy season a unique animal and plant world can be admired here on trips and safaris.

Country Info

 
 

Visitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. A toll-free entry stamp (visitors entry Permit) will be issued on arrival at all official border crossing points. A valid passport is sufficient (six months validity beyond the end of the travel – at least two blank pages for stamps must be free!). A yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required on entry from a yellow Fever infection area (central and East Africa). Occasionally, you will be asked for sufficient funds or a return ticket. Normally, the official will provide a residence permit for up to 30 days on entry. If you stay in the country for a long time, the visitor visa has to be extended in its immigration office (in Gabaron, Maun, Francistown etc.) The entry and exit processing of tourists is usually very accommodating, controls are rare.

children under the age of 18 must be able to have a birth certificate in addition to the passport, in which the parents are listed. In order to avoid difficulties in entering and exiting, it is therefore recommended to carry international birth certificates or certified English translations if necessary.

Botswana is not currently being served directly from Europe! The national airline Air Botswana is also flying destinations in Africa only. There is usually a stopover in Johannesburg, Harare or Windhoek.

Flights to Johannesburg, Harare or Windhoek are easy and often also relatively inexpensive to get. It is advisable to book a further trip to Botswana from Germany. Information about this can be obtained from any travel agency or you can book directly with air Botswana on the Internet, which regularly offers cheap flights.

The climate of Botswana is subtropical, dry and hot. The seasons are opposed to those of Europe, as the country is in the southern hemisphere. So from September to April summer and at the same time rainy season and the time from May to the end of August is considered winter and dry season.

All travellers must be in good health, because in remote areas medical assistance is often difficult to obtain. There is currently no compulsory vaccination for a trip to Botswana. Effective vaccinations are currently protection against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid and hepatitis. For Hepatitis A and B there is a double vaccination, which provides protection against both diseases for up to 10 years. Schistosomiasis pathogens occur mainly in inland waters where swimming and wading should be avoided. In some places in the Okavango Delta, bathing is harmless. Your tour guide will inform you about safe bathing places. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are also harmless.

Botswana is a mostly safe and pleasant to travel country. Violent crimes against tourists are almost unknown. The Foreign Office does not currently have a country-specific security notice for Botswana.

Street crime is essentially limited to pocket theft and credit card robbery in major cities. In particular, crime has increased in Maun, the entrance to the Okavango Delta.

Safaris in Botswana

Hippos in the Caprivi

three countries-four rivers-camping and lodge safari-18 days

This guided camping and lodge safari leads in the green, water-rich Caprivi (Zambezi region) of Namibia with the rivers Okavango, Kwando, Zambezi and its numerous national parks, to the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the gigantic Victoria waterfalls in Zimbabwe and the fascinating Okavango Delta in Botswana
18 days from/to Windhoek
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Lion in Chobe National Park-Botswana

three countries-four rivers-Camping safari-18 days

This guided camping safari takes you into the green, water rich Caprivi (Zambezi region) of Namibia with the rivers Okavango, Kwando, Zambezi and its numerous national parks, to the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the gigantic Victoria Waterfalls in Zimbabwe and to the fascinating Okavango Delta in Botswana
18 days from/to Windhoek
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Tented camp on Kavango-Namibia

three countries-four rivers-Lodge safari-18 days

This guided Lodge Safari takes you to the green, water-rich Zambezi region-Caprivi of Namibia with the rivers Okavango, Kwando, Zambezi and its numerous national parks, the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the gigantic Victoria waterfalls in Zimbabwe and the Fascinating Okavango Delta in Botswana
18 days from/to Windhoek
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Elephants in the Bwabwata National Park Namibia

Caprivi to Vicfalls-Camping safari-18 days

This guided camping safari takes you to the green, water-rich Sambesiregion-formerly Caprivi Strip-Namibia with its numerous national parks, to the animal-rich Chobe National Park in Botswana and to the fascinating, imposing Victoria waterfalls in Zimbabwe.
18 days from/to Windhoek
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe