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General Information

The official languages of Botswana are English, Setswana.

The national currency of Botswana is Botswana pula (BWP).

1 BWP equals  .
equals  BWP.

Location

Botswana

The distance from to Botswana is miles or km. The estimated travel time is .

Climate and Travel Season

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Safety

According to the U.S. Department of State, it should be safe to travel to Botswana. Exercise normal precautions in Botswana. Click here for the full travel advisory and further information by the U.S. government.

The criminality index of Botswana is 52. A higher number means more criminality.

Dial 911 to call the police in Botswana.

LGBT

Botswana has a score of -1 in the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index. Botswana ranks #83 worldwide.

The law does not explicitly criminalize consensual same-sex sexual acts, but it includes language criminalizing some aspects of same-sex sexual activity. What the law describes as "unnatural acts" is criminalized with penalties up to seven years' imprisonment. There are no reports of police targeting persons suspected of same-sex sexual activity. There is stigma and discrimination against LGBTI persons particularly in villages and rural areas outside the capital. LGBTI travelers should exercise caution with regard public displays of affection.

Travel Vaccinations

All travelers to Botswana should be up-to-date on the following vaccines:

  • Measles
  • Routine vaccines

Moreover, the following travel vaccines/medicines are recommended because there is a risk of these diseases in Botswana:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

The following vaccines/medicines might be needed depending on where and how long you are staying. Please consult your doctor.

  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria
  • Rabies
  • Yellow Fever
Visa Information

A visa might be required to travel to this country.

Make sure your passport is valid for your intended period of stay. Some countries even require your passport to be valid for six months beyond the intended date of departure.

Power Plugs

You likely need a power plug adapter in Botswana to use your electronic devices from .

The voltage in Botswana differs from the voltage in . You may need a voltage converter to be able to use your devices.

In Botswana, the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The following power plugs are used:

  • Type D
  • Type G
  • Type M
Weather

The temperature difference between Botswana and is °F / °C. Make sure you pack the right clothes.

Light rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Date Temperature Humidity Precipitation
Fri November 08 72–100°F  /  22–38°C 21% 5%
Sat November 09 72–97°F  /  22–36°C 43% 9%
Sun November 10 69–94°F  /  21–34°C 55% 23%
Mon November 11 69–92°F  /  21–33°C 59% 20%
Tue November 12 69–90°F  /  21–32°C 63% 55%
Wed November 13 65–84°F  /  19–29°C 74% 84%
Thu November 14 63–91°F  /  17–33°C 54% 12%
Fri November 15 65–91°F  /  18–33°C 55% 7%

Sunrise and Sunset

The sun rises at 05:34 am and sets at 06:40 pm. This equates to 13.1 hours of daylight.

When the sun rises in Botswana, it is in . When the sun sets in Botswana, it is in .

Taxi

The average base fare for a taxi in Botswana is 5.00 BWP. Every kilometer costs an additional 22.00 BWP. Every hour of waiting time costs 30.00 BWP.

Car Rental

International driving permits are recognized in Botswana.

Left-hand traffic, keep to the left side of the road. Keep this in mind when renting a car!

The price of one liter of gasoline is approximately 9.00 BWP in Botswana.

Landmarks and Activities

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Food/Drink

The price for the recommended minimum amount of food per person per day is 53.29 BWP.

The minimum age to purchase alcohol in Botswana is 18.

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Tipping Etiquette

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Travel Scams

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