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Holiday guide to Botswana

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Holiday accommodation in Botswana falls under two classifications. Modern city hotels or lodge resorts in the tropical outback but with all the luxuries of modern-day life. Its a place for explorers and wild animal adventures. Check out over 40 hotels in Botswana
Elephants along the lake in Botswana
Botswana Travel Guide.
Botswana is a small landlocked nation in Southern Africa, which is dominated by the Kalahari Desert that makes up 70% of its land surface area. Botswana is house to the Okavango Delta which is the world's biggest inland delta.
Its a country for nature enthusiasts and explorers. A normal adventure would resemble this. Travel in mokoros, a type of dugout canoe, to make your method through the reeds and make camp inside the islands of the delta. Take early morning strolling safaris to see the wide range of wildlife that call this unique environment their house. Then relax and take a dip in the waters to cool down from the heat, or take a mokoro trip to view the hippos swim and play at nights before heading back to camp to sit by the fire and connect with your mokoro polers in song and dance.

A Botswana experience tour likewise takes you to Chobe National Forest, where you take an early morning scenic game drive through the park which has among the biggest game concentrations in Africa. Enjoy the experience as you get up-close and individual with a lot of the animals, have your cameras prepared to catch a lioness with her cubs or perhaps find the elusive leopard. As the day is coming to a close on your Botswana experience tour, take a cruise down the Chobe River to see many animals pertained to the banks; you may even seen a herd of elephants crossing from one side to the other.

Short history.
Botswana's wealth comes from a few of the greatest diamond reserves in the world and its terrific range of wild animals that bring in countless experience seeking tourists.
Bush people were the very first inhabitants of Botswana, coming from the north and migrating south. They mixed with the Hottentots and the Bantu people and all existed side-by-side rather gladly together. In the 10th century, the Shona settled in the north east followed by the very first Tswana settling in the south east in the 15th century. It is believed the Tswana migrated up from the south and by the 18th century, they were well developed in the location. In the late 19th century, hostilities broke out in between the Tswana, the Ndebele and the mass of humankind that was getting away from the Transvaal and the Boers. As the British were likewise rivals of the Boers, Bechuanaland as Botswana was then understood, was put under British protectorate in 1885. In 1964, Britain accepted proposals for democratic self federal government in Botswana and full independence followed in 1966.

Location and weather.
There is no wrong time to check out Botswana with monthly bringing different temperatures and chances for wildlife viewing. Between December and March it is the rainy season while during September and October it tends to get really hot. This is the best time to view big game with less water, they gather together in smaller locations.

Presently EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not need a visa to get in Botswana. It is your own responsibility to examine all visa requirements prior to taking a trip and obtain them in advance as needed. For lots of citizenships visas can be obtained on the borders however you must get in touch with the embassy for additional details.
Important: pounds sterling are not accepted at border crossings so bring United States dollars cash for any visa costs at border crossings into Namibia: Muhembo.

Please note: It can be very tough to get US dollars in Africa, even in major cities like Cape Town. Many locations will not accept any notes that are significant, ripped or older than the year 2002, and you may have trouble exchanging these notes elsewhere in Africa, so please examine your money thoroughly at the point of purchase.
The financial unit in Botswana is the pula. For updated exchange rates with your own currency see www.xe.com.
In general, Visa is the only credit card that will work everywhere in Africa. Master Card, AMEX and Cirrus will work in some countries but not in others.

We recommend that you bring money in US dollars or ZAR just. When changing cash, it is a great idea if at all possible, to get little denomination notes and coins in the local currency as typically there is a lack of change when you are making purchases and no-one in Africa ever seems to have change.
Please keep in mind that it is not possible to withdraw United States dollars from ATMs in Africa, only local currency.

Cabs are suggested for regional journeys however they are rarely metered so you must negotiate your cost prior to you get in. Your trip leader will be able to advise on what the fare should cost so that you have an idea of what you must be paying ahead of time.

Crime is not a terrific problem in Botswana, but you ought to still take care and not end up being contented. Do not walk lonesome back streets, particularly by yourself, don't wear expensive looking jewellery or a stylish watch and don't bring a wallet in your back pocket. Don't bring your electronic camera honestly; always have it in a small day pack which is securely attached to your body, ideally in the front in congested places. Always wear a money belt or leave your valuables, including your passport, in the hotel security box. Please bear in mind that if you enter into the Okavango Delta by mokoro, you do not need to take your valuables with you. If you do, they will likely get wet so leave them in the safe at the camping site.

Caution must be taken when taking photos around the towns and cities. Residents ought to always be asked prior to taking a photo and it is not uncommon for them to request a small donation. Never take photos of authorities, military personal or structures. The same chooses any government buildings, banks, post offices or the train station. If you go in to the Okavango Delta by mokoro, you will need to protect video cameras and field glasses in plastic bags as there is a likelihood they might get wet.

Local food and drink.
In the villages, a popular night meal is prepared in a 3 legged cast iron pot hung over a wood fire. Beef or goat meat forms the base with veg such as pumpkin, potato, and onion added and then slowly cooked. This method of cooking is common throughout Southern Africa however differs from country to nation both in material and preparation technique. In Northern Botswana and in the Delta fresh fish makes up a large part of the local individuals' diet plan. As Botswana is an extremely dry country a lot of the fruit and veg has to be imported, however a wide range is readily available in the modern supermarkets that we check out in the larger towns.

If you are a strict vegetarian you might experience a distinct absence of variety in the food readily available, particularly in small towns. You may discover that you are eating a lot of omelets and other egg dishes. Our tour leaders will do their best to offer intriguing vegetarian alternatives when setting up group meals in the camping area, but your perseverance and understanding is asked for.

All beverages such as water, soft or alcoholic drinks are at your own cost at all times. The following is a standard for drinks bought at the campgrounds that we use. If bought from shops in the street, costs are likely to be cheaper, but in restaurants and hotels can in some cases be more than double the prices defined below.

You ought to be wary of drinking the regional tap water. Bottled water, carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices are commonly offered and are normally safe to drink. Please note however that fruit juices are sometimes made with un-boiled faucet water and could distress your stomach.
There are different brand names of beers found in Botswana including Castle, Windhoek, Olsen, Black label and several different types of cider too. All of the campgrounds/ hostels that we utilize have bars or serve alcoholic drinks. Be careful imported spirit prices as they are really costly so constantly ask for the regional comparable spirit if you wish to stay within your budget plan!

240 volts. Often electricity is offered by generator and can be erratic.
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