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Essential Travel Tips for your Botswana Adventure – Be prepared to make your holiday a memorable experience!

A unique landlocked country in Southern Africa, Botswana is home to the famed Okavanga Delta, glorious diamond mines and the great Kalahari desert making your visit an exciting adventure of seeking, discovering and being delighted. A few insights into what to know and do before the trip is crucial.


Economic facts and currency

Botswana is a rich and stable African nation that gained prosperity since its independence in 1966, mostly dependent on diamond mining, cattle and tourism. Their national money is Pula, having enough Pula in your wallet is wise to enjoy your trip as costs for tourists tends to be high as a measure to safeguard the natural resources of the country. This is a boon to responsible tourists who are free to explore the attractions with no crowds


People of Botswana and the Language

A friendly group of people, Batswana (in plural) or Motswana (in singular) are the terms used to refer to the people of Botswana (And not Botswanans, please note). Batswana are proud of their country and are loyal people. Official languages of Botswana are English and Setswana with almost all Batswana employed at Hotels in Gaborone Botswana speaking both languages. A fact to make a note of is that Pula (the name of the currency) also means 'rain' in Setswana, and therefore not to be confused when it is used by locals for rain as rain is a gift from the Gods to Batswana.


Be ready to explore the wildlife

A glimpse into the UNESCO Heritage Site of Okavango Delta is a must-do on your trip to Botswana. This experience can be by way of a mokoro (a type of canoe), motorboat or even as a Game Drive with a guide as often arranged by visitors at Avani Hotels & Resorts. The river Okavango usually floods during the dry season thus providing sustenance for plants and animals through those months making this Delta home to many endangered species of large mammals such as lions, cheetahs, African dogs and rhinos. The natural beauty of the delta with lagoons, lush greenery and gatherings of elephants and buffaloes are a delightful experience for visitors. Be assured that there are many wildlife parks too in Botswana to delight interested visitors.


Safety of visitors

In the continent of Africa Botswana is considered one of the safest countries, as they have a sound economy, continuous economic growth and a stable Government. Gaborone, Francistown and Maun where most visitors frequent has a very low rate of petty crime. However, being careful during your visit and practising sound common sense is in your best interests.


Remember the essentials

Having travel insurance or travel medical insurance as the case may be is prudent. Whenever you are out of your place of accommodation always carry your Identity with you. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizer etc are available in major cities, however, carry supplies of your preferred brands whilst you are on tour. Wearing long trousers, socks and covered shoes or boots are precautions when visiting wildlife parks