BOTSWANA

Botswana is a stunning destination to visit, with its diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, and vibrant culture. From the iconic Okavango Delta to the majestic Kalahari Desert, there is no shortage of natural beauty to explore. The country is also home to some of the best safari experiences in Africa, making it a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts. With friendly locals, delicious cuisine, and a range of accommodation options, Botswana is sure to leave a lasting impression on any traveler.

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Maun

Maun is a bustling town located in northern Botswana, known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. It is a popular destination for visitors looking to explore the stunning natural beauty of the region. From Maun, you can embark on safari adventures, boat trips, and scenic flights over the delta. The town itself offers a range of accommodation options, restaurants, and shops, making it a convenient base for exploring the area. Whether you're a nature lover, adventure seeker, or simply looking to relax in a beautiful setting, Maun has something to offer for everyone.

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Other Services

At Itaca Tours, we offer additional services to elevate your travel experience to the next level. We have partnered with various companies to ensure you have everything yo need for a seamless and enjoyable trip. 

First, you can request a SIM Card through Drimsim, ensuring you have internet and phone service wherever you go. This way, you stay connected with your loved ones and have access to maps, guides, and other essential travel information.

Additionally, thanks of our partner Ekta, we offer travel insurance options for your peace of mind.

Lastly, we have partnered with Radical Storage to provide secure luggage storage services. You can leave your bags in a safe location while you explore new destinations, free from the hassle of carrying your belongings around.

With these services, we aim to make your travel experience as convenient and worry-free as possible.

Tips to travel

Traveling to Botswana offers a unique opportunity to explore diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip:

Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for your nationality before traveling to Botswana. Many visitors can enter visa-free for short stays, but it's essential to verify the specific requirements based on your country of origin. Ensure that your passport has sufficient validity for the duration of your stay.

Best Time to Visit: Botswana's climate varies depending on the region. The best time to visit depends on your interests and the regions you plan to explore. The dry season (May to October) is generally the best time for wildlife viewing, as animals congregate around water sources. The wet season (November to April) brings lush landscapes and birdwatching opportunities, but some areas may become inaccessible due to flooding.

Health Precautions: Botswana is a malaria-risk area, especially in the northern regions. Consult with your healthcare provider regarding vaccinations and preventive measures against diseases such as malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis A. Pack insect repellent, long-sleeved clothing, and antimalarial medication as recommended. Drink bottled or purified water to avoid stomach issues.

Currency and Payments: The official currency of Botswana is the Botswana Pula (BWP). US dollars and South African Rand are widely accepted in tourist areas, but it's advisable to carry some local currency for use in smaller establishments and markets. Credit and debit cards are accepted in hotels, lodges, and larger stores, but it's always a good idea to carry cash for smaller purchases and transactions.

Transportation: Getting around in Botswana can be done through domestic flights, safari vehicles, and guided tours. Domestic flights are convenient for traveling between major cities and safari destinations like Maun and Kasane. Safari vehicles are the primary mode of transportation for wildlife safaris in national parks and game reserves. Guided tours and self-drive options are available for exploring areas like the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.

Accommodation: Botswana offers a range of accommodation options, including luxury lodges, tented camps, and budget-friendly guesthouses. In Maun and Kasane, you'll find a variety of lodging options catering to different budgets and preferences. In remote safari areas, lodges and tented camps provide comfortable accommodations with stunning views of the wilderness. Book accommodations in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Language: English is the official language of Botswana and is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and by the local population. Indigenous languages such as Setswana are also spoken by many Batswana. Learning a few basic phrases in Setswana can enhance your travel experience and show respect for the local culture.

Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in Botswana's rich cultural heritage by visiting traditional villages, craft markets, and cultural centers. Learn about the customs, traditions, and lifestyles of indigenous communities like the San people. Participate in cultural activities such as dance performances, storytelling sessions, and traditional ceremonies.

Wildlife Viewing: Botswana is renowned for its incredible wildlife diversity and pristine wilderness areas. Explore national parks and game reserves like the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and Moremi Game Reserve, where you can spot a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and hippos. Consider booking guided safaris or boat cruises for optimal wildlife viewing experiences.

Respect for Nature: Botswana places a strong emphasis on conservation and sustainable tourism. Respect wildlife and adhere to park rules and regulations, such as maintaining a safe distance from animals and avoiding littering. Choose eco-friendly accommodations and activities that support conservation efforts and benefit local communities.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can have a memorable and rewarding experience exploring the natural beauty and cultural richness of Botswana.

Travel Advisories

The U.S. Department of State has four Travel Advisory Levels: Level 1 - Exercise normal precautions; Level 2 - Exercise increased caution; Level 3 - Reconsider travel; Level 4 - Do not travel

Level 2 - Exercise increased caution when traveling to Botswana. 

Country Summary: Exercise increased caution in Botswana due to crime. Crimes of opportunity, primarily the theft of money and personal property, are common in Botswana.  Potentially violent crimes, such as home invasions, break-ins, “smash and grabs” from vehicles stopped at intersections and from locked cars in shopping mall parking lots, cell phone thefts, and muggings are routinely reported to police.

It's advisable to consult your country's official travel advisory website, for the most up-to-date information and specific travel advisories related to this country. Additionally, register your travel plans with your embassy or consulate for assistance in case of emergencies.

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