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Botswana Holidays,  Botswana Holiday Packages Overview

The discovery of diamond-bearing formations in Botswana transformed it into one of the richest and highly developed countries in the world. Today Botswana boasts of economic stability, good health care and education. At first glance Botswana comes across as harshly modern and developed but scratch beneath and you'll discover that most of the country is still the quintessential Africa that most travellers dream of exploring.

Most parts of Botswana lie at an elevation of 1000 meters. The area consists mostly of sand-filled basins. Almost 85% of the land here is covered by the semi-arid Kalahari. Botswana is famous for its excellent wildlife with many national parks that have a high concentration of game. Botswana is also home to the highest number of bushman population in the world.

Almost a fifth of the country is made up of wildlife parks that are home to wild dogs, antelope, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, hundreds of bird species, cheetahs and lions. These parks offer a good range of accommodation options ranging from inexpensive dorms to luxurious lodges.

The Okavango Delta features crystal clear waters, ancient trees and several islands that seem to be unearthly. It is also one of the most popular and impressive wildlife destinations in the country. Located in the heart of Kalahari, the water channels and swamps attract a huge number of animals.

Away from the wildlife parks of Botswana are small villages like Xai-Xai and D'Kar that offer visitors the opportunity to get to know the local crafts, arts and culture of the country.

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Entry Requirements


A valid passport, return or onward ticket, and sufficient funds to cover stay in Botswana is required by all visitors.

- For Australians - Australian nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

- New Zealanders do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.

- US nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

- US nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

- UK nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.


Botswana Holidays - Currency of Botswana


The unit of currency is the Botswana Pula (BWP), which is divided into 100 Thebe. The word 'Pula' means rain and 'Thebe' means shield. The shield appears on the national coat of arms. Major credit cards are accepted widely, and travellers cheques and foreign currency are accepted at most large hotels and lodges. There are banks and exchange bureaux in all the main towns, as well as ATM machines. Surcharges are often high on travellers cheques, and it is best to carry cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.


Botswana Telephone Access Codes and Communications


The international access code for Botswana is +267. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). Gabarone's area code is 31, 35, 36 or 39; there is no NDD prefix for calling within Botswana. Mobile phones operate on a GSM 900 network and are limited to urban areas; most North American cell phones will not work. Internet cafes are available in Gaborone and Maun.


Botswana Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions


Travellers to Botswana can enter the country with goods to the value of P500 without incurring customs duty. These include 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco; 2 litres of wine and 1 litre of alcoholic beverages; and 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.


Botswana Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information


Tipping is expected in tourist hotels and restaurants. Many automatically add a service charge, but where not, a 10-15% tip is appreciated. Taxi drivers generally aren't tipped. Tour guides, trackers and game rangers rely largely on tips for their income and customarily receive about P25-45 per person per day.


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