While it may not be the first place you think of if you’re considering a trip to Africa, Botswana is one of the continent’s most exclusive travel destinations. Landlocked in southern Africa, the country is very flat, as about 70% of its land is part of the Kalahari Desert. With more elephants than any other country in the world, and plenty of opportunities to see rhinos, large feline species and a variety of other rare species, it is one of the best locations for seeing Africa in its natural habitat.
Important travel information for Botswana
Canadian tourists travelling to Botswana must have a passport that is valid for at least six months past their departure date. Tourist, student and business visas are not required for stays of up to 90 days. If you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you must request an extension.
Compared to other African nations, Botswana is considered stable. However, demonstrations are known to occur, so pay attention to local news when you’re in the country. Petty crime is common; avoid travelling alone at night and always be aware of your surroundings. Wild animals can also pose a risk to your safety; observe all warning signs and advice from locals.
The accepted currency is the Botswanan pula (BWP). Credit cards are not widely accepted, but many hotels accept traveller’s cheques and foreign currency. ABMs can be accessed throughout the country. Botswana has two official languages: English and Setswana.
Travel destinations in Botswana
Botswana's capital city, Gaborone, is the top destination for tourists because of its tourist-centric activities. The city has luxury hotels, casinos and even an amusement park at Lion Park Resort. If you are into water activities, consider checking out the Gaborone Yacht Club and the Kalahari Fishing Club. The country is also well known for its local museums, including the National Museum and Gallery in Gaborone, Kgosi Bathoen II (Segopotso) Museum in Kanye, Khama III Memorial Museum in Serowe and Phuthadikobo Museum in Mochudi.
Most travellers come to the country for its natural attractions. If you are planning to explore, be sure to check out Mokolodi Nature Reserve, the Gaborone Dam, the Nata Bird Sanctuary, Moremi Gorge, Krokavango Crocodile Farm, Leopard Rock and Chief’s Island. The country also has golf courses and hotels with access to golf courses.
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|Population (2012):||2,003,910||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Setswana, English|
|Diesel (2012):||1.25||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||1.23||1.23 (2013)|