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Botswana

Botswana: The African Miracle

The country of Tswana, named after Botswana main ethnic group, occupies a vast sandy basin. It is at times bare and desolate, at times covered with shrubs and bushes. The centrepiece is the Kalahari. It is without any doubt a splendid and little-known territory, landlocked between Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa..

Wildlife

Hundreds of species of birds flock here. Hippopotamus and crocodiles haunt the channels, elephants cool off and nourish themselves in its long awaited waters. Lions hunt hiding in the long tall grasses, leopards climb up the trees to spot the migration of wildlife and rhinos usually dwell amidst the brushwood. Food abounds as even on the land a unique flora unfolds. The ideal time for a mokoro boat trip.

Botswana Okavango Delta is simply spectacular.

The gigantic Okavango Delta is the largest and most beautiful oasis in Africa and stretches over what was once a lake, some ten thousand years ago. Its dry winter month floods often start in late April until June even early July and peak in August and are a true source of life and survival for all its inhabitants. They create a vast network of fan-shaped channels characterized by inlets, islands, pools and small wooded ridges. They form the perfect setting as breeding ground for an incredible diversity of wildlife. Hundreds of species of birds flock there. Hippopotamus and crocodiles haunt the channels, elephants cool off and nourish themselves in its long awaited waters. Lions hunt hiding in the long tall grasses, leopards climb up the trees to spot the migration of wildlife and rhinos usually dwell amidst the brushwood. Food abounds as even on the land a unique flora unfolds. The ideal time for a mokoro boat trip.

Nature at its best

It has been stated that 40% of Botswana territory is dedicated to wildlife. National parks and nature reserves, fiercely guarded, are home to most animal species in southern Africa: 36 large mammals, 600 birds, 80 fish, 70 snakes, 500 butterflies and 3,000 plants. The Okavango Delta flood varies from year to year, no-one can say precisely when the flood waters will arrive though the water level usually recede through October and November. And let's be honest. Botswana comes with a reasonably high price tag. The positive side of the coin is that its exceptional lodges are eco-friendly and involved with the economic development of local communities. Botswana, independent since 1966, is no doubt one of the most prosperous countries in Africa. "The African miracle" did not steal it name!

Insurances

In order to enhance a safe and carefree trip a travel insurance is an absolute must.  Our selection of Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover  and include travel-orientated plus factors such as a fly-on-time, a natural catastrophe and epidemics cover. Whether you leave on one single journey or you travel year-round. They guarantee the most comprehensive cover at the best price.  

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes.  We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our  Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from y

ou. 

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 30 days after your departure from South Africa. All persons entering South Africa, with minors (-18 years) will be required to carry an unabridged birth certificate for each child with affidavit attached and stamped by the South African Embassy or consulate. A certified copy is also accepted. The date of issue of these documents may not exceed 3 months. These measures also apply in case you transit through South Africa.
  • For Zimbabwe and Botswana, your passport must be valid for 6 months after return. In Zimbabwe a visa is required. (30US$ - single entry - 15/08/2018 - subject to modification). Please verify the opening hours of the border posts. More info on diplomatie.belgium.be in Dutch or French.
  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. In Botswana, Victoria Falls and in Mpumalanga anti- malaria tablets are recommended during certain periods of the year. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to http://www.itg.be

Time Zones

+1h (winter), no time difference (summer)



Currency

Currency

Botswana Pula (BFW) : 100 BWF = 8.17 EUR & 1 EUR = 12,18BFW

Payment Methods

In Botswana, both USDollars and Euros are accepted. You receive all change in Pula (BWP, the local currency).

Climate

Located in the Tropic of Capricorn, the country has a relatively temperate climate. Summers, which runs from November to March, corresponds to the rainy season and the humidity and heat can be high while floods can make some roads impassable. In the Kalahari Desert, on the other hand, precipitation is low.

Winter, from May to October, corresponds to the dry season. It is the best time of the year to visit Botswana and observe wildlife. The days are sunny and softer. In June-July, average temperatures are 21-25 ° C during the day and nights are coolish, even cold between June and August. It may freeze in Gaborone and in the Kalahari desert. A disadvantage: nightfall sets in at 5 pm.

Average max. temperatures (in °C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Chobe NP 24 23 23 22 17 15 14 19 22 25 26 24
Gaborone 26 25 24 21 17 14 14 17 21 24 25 25
Kasane 31 31 31 31 29 26 26 29 33 35 33 31
Maun 26 27 25 24 20 17 17 19 24 27 27 27

 

 

Highlights

  • Chobe National Park
  • Boasting abundant wildlife and breath-taking scenery, Chobe National Park is certainly a landmark in Botswana. This park, created at the end of the sixties, covers over 11,000 sq-km and attracts an incredible number of visitors from all over the world every year again. They flock to the banks of the Chobe River to relax and admire the antelopes, lions, zebras, cheetahs, impalas, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, hippos, peacocks etc. The Chobe Reserve is also popular with waterfowl enthusiasts but its main attraction remain the  elephants.

  • Okavango Delta
  • This site of exceptional beauty has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014. It is full of inland deltas, swamps and meadows. Its floods and recesses are in total harmony with its wildlife. Nicknamed "the river that cannot find the sea", the Okavango Delta is the second largest inland delta in the world (18,000 km²), a veritable labyrinth of lagoons attracting tourists from all four corners. Its extensive wilderness, its incredible wealth of fauna ranging from lions, buffaloes, kudu, wildebeest, cheetah, elephant, hippos, zebras... are bound to delight every nature buff. The delta is also home to less than 400 species of birds and also the Moremi Reserve with its splendid landscapes and varied fauna. Definately the most stunning reserve in southern Africa!

  • The Kalahari Desert
  • The Kalahari Desert covers a large part of Botswana. This savannah, which is home to many animal and plant species, is a real gem in Africa: it extends over 7 African countries, namely Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola and the Congo. It harbours strange dunes, huge rivers and gigantic reserves and natural parks. The Kalahari is also the refuge of the last Stone Age people in the world: the San tribe bushman who have lived here for over 20,000 years. In addition to the desert, tourists can visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a protected area of 52,000 sq-km, popular with travelers for its fauna, flora and landscapes.

  • Maun
  • The city of Maun is considered the tourist capital of Botswana. Nicknamed "Short Reed Place" in reference to its location at the entrance to the Okavango Delta, Maun is the gateway to explore much of northern Botswana. This is where the archaeological site of Tsodilo and the Pan of Makgadikgadi, a salt desert, are located.

  • The Transfrontier Park Kgalagadi
  • The Kgalagadi which means "the land of thirst" is a huge park with arid climate stretched between South Africa and Botswana. It includes two former national parks, namely Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. It is home to many unique species such as desert antelopes and great predators such as black Kalahari lions cheetahs, leopards and hyenas, not to mention jackals. All feed on herds of large herbivores present such as wildebeest (including blue wildebeest), oryx, springbok, ....  Elephants, buffaloes and rhinos can hardly be found here. Giraffes were reintroduced in the 1990s. Many small mammals including the meerkat, ground squirrel and many others abound in the park as well as the more than 280 bird species, including the rare Pygmy Falcon, who nest and hunt here.

  • The Makgadikgadi Pan
  • With an area of over 12,000 km², the Makgadikgadi Pan is one of the largest salt marshes in the world. It is located in northeastern Botswana and is bordered to the southeast by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. The landscapes of Makgadikgadi are unique and comparable to none. Indeed its flat and austere terrain and extensive relief is simply magical under the beautiful blue sky. Rich in vast meadows and pretty acacia bushes, the Makgadikgadi Game Reserve is a true gem. It covers an area of 3900 sq-km abundant with pink flamingos, zebras, wildebeest, etc.

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