Botswana Travel FAQs
Do I need a visa to travel to Botswana?
Your passport must be valid for 6 months, and you do not need a tourist visa to travel to Botswana if you're a citizen of North America or Europe.
Is tipping customary in Botswana?
You can give guides a $10-20 tip per day and porters a few dollars for every move. Otherwise, tips aren't an expectation.
What is internet access like in Botswana?
The nicer your lodging, the more chance you will have internet access. Hotels and lodges will likely have some form of internet access, while tent camps (which can be very comfortable) will not likely have any kind of internet accessibility.
Can I use my cell phone while in Botswana?
You probably won't be close enough to the cell phone towers to get a signal on your phone. If you do, you will have to replace the SIM chip with one you purchase locally (maybe at the airport).
Do I need power adapters?
Power in Botswana is 220-240v with "Type M " South African SABS1661 ("Large" 15 amp BS-546) sockets. If your devices aren't compatible with this voltage, you will need a step-down converter. You will definitely need a plug adapter.
What are the toilets like in Botswana?
Generally speaking, your lodging will feature western style bowl toilets (just make sure to toss the toilet paper in the waste basket instead of the toilet). A few areas might have a squat toilet, which is pretty much what the name indicates.
Can I drink the water in Botswana?
You cannot drink the water in Botswana, but your tour provider or hotel will have filtered or bottled water for you at all times.
Are credit cards accepted in Botswana? Will I be able to find ATMs?
You probably won't find too many ATMs or businesses that accept credit cards on your Botswana safari, but that's okay since your trip is all-inclusive. Take some cash out of an ATM at the airport when you arrive for souvenirs and any tips and you should be covered.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
While not required, it's definitely a good idea to have travel insurance just in case, and we have some great deals via TravelGuard on our Once You're Booked