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Chobe National Park
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Kasane
Ngoma
Pandamatenga
Kazungula

Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Moremi Game Reserve
Maun
Shakawe
Kwando
Kumaga
Linyanti
Savuti

Transkalahari Stopovers
Ghanzi
Kang
Jwaneng
Kanye

Tuli Block
Bobonong
Palapye
Tuli Block
Selibe Phikwe
Mahalapye
Martins Drift

Makgadikgadi Pans area
Gweta
Nata
Makgadikgadi
Serowe
Letlhakane

Kgalagadi Transfrontier
Tsabong

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Gaborone
Francistown



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Getting to Botswana

* By air - Most flights connect to either Gaborone, Maun or Kasane via South Africa or Namibia. There are no direct international flights (by international we mean from out side of Africa).

* By road - Most cities / towns are accessible by car as the main roads into the country are tarred and are in good condition. A 4x4 is only required when driving into the National Parks, a normal car will never make it due to the deep Kalahari sands one will encounter.

Unabridged Birth Certificate For Minors
From 1 June 2015, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa will require all passengers under 18 to travel with an Unabridged Birth Certificate.

What is it?
A new immigration law is coming into effect on 1 June 2015.
Under the new law, all minors under the age of 18 years will be required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when exiting and entering South African ports of entry.

Why is it happening?
This is being done to curb human trafficking. According to the Department of Home Affairs, 30 000 minors are trafficked through South African borders every year. 50% of these minors are under the age of 14.
When the new immigration regulation comes into effect on 1 June, it will be the responsibility of passengers to ensure their children have the correct documentation or risk being denied boarding. The new law will be enforced by airlines and immigration officials across the board (land, sea and air). Although airlines and travel agents are doing everything to keep passengers informed, ultimately it will be passengers’ responsibility to know what is required of them.

In all cases an Unabridged Birth Certificate will be required for minors departing and arriving in South Africa ... they will not be allowed to travel without it. In cases where the Unabridged Birth Certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned.

Children travelling with only one parent
When a child travels with only one parent, additional documents should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of the absent parent. The affidavit should be no more than 3 months old from date of travel.

Children travelling without either parent
In the case of a child travelling with a person other than a parent, the Unabridged Birth Certificate must be supplemented by affidavits from the parents or legal guardians confirming that the child may travel with that person, copies of the ID documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian, and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian.

Similarly, a child travelling as an unaccompanied minor would have to produce not only the Unabridged Birth Certificate, but also proof of consent from both parents or legal guardians and contact details, plus documentation relating to the person receiving the child in South Africa. The latter documentation should include a letter stating the person’s contact details and residential address, contact details where the child will be residing, plus a copy of his or her ID document, passport or residence permit.

Application process for Unabridged Birth Certificates
· Apply at your nearest Home Affairs office where your Biometric information will be verified.
· Take your ID book along, as well as your child's ID number.
· All documents submitted must be originals or certified copies.
· The Unabridged Birth Certificate costs R75.
· It can take up to 8 weeks to acquire an Unabridged Birth Certificate from the date of application.

Since last year, Unabridged Birth Certificates have been issued automatically for newborns. If your infant was born after 14 March 2013, you should be in possession of a UBC.
Certified copies of documents are usually valid for 6 months only.
Don't delay applying for Unabridged Birth Certificates as the time frame for obtaining the documentation varies greatly, from a few weeks to several months.
Minors travelling in school groups or with their grandparents are not exempt from the requirement.

Who is exempt?
· The new law does not apply to children travelling domestically (E.g. Between Johannesburg and Cape Town).
· Minor passengers on a 'Cruise to Nowhere'. For example a cruise that departs Durban Harbour and returns to Durban Harbour, or a cruise that goes from Durban Harbour to Cape Town Harbour.

Important contacts:
Department of Home Affairs toll free hotline: 0800 60 11 90


Duty-Free Allowances and cross border food restrictions

For detailed information on what you are can take across the border, food, animals,etc click here

Visa's and Passports

Entry Requirements. Please note that these notes are not exhaustive and may change routinely.

Passports Everyone needs a passport to enter Botswana.
* It must be current and valid for 6 months (some borders are not so fussy on this but under 30 days becomes a problem)
* It must be your passport
* Two clear pages are required
* Torn, wet, grubby passports especially where the picture or pages are damaged may be refused entry

Holders of a passport that does not require a visa means that you can simply turn up at an entry point to the country and you will be issued up to 30 day tourist stay in Botswana free of charge (not even an admin fee). you will be given a form at the border to fill in with such information as passport number name etc it will also require an adress in Botswana and ask length of stay, ALWAYS fill in the address (even if it is just where you are going to stay for one night of your trip and ask for more days that you intend to stay (30 being the maximum) generally they will give you the number of days requested on this form so make it a little longer in case you want to stay a few days longer.

Do your best to never exceeed the number of days granted on your entry stamp, Botswana officials are very strict and are not corrupt (bribe offers can reult in arrest) penalties for overstay are hefty fines, prison while it gets sorted and a record of your passport/stamp in passport making it impossible to reurn to Botswna (and this makes if difficult to travel to other countries !). If for some legitimate reason you miss the deadline - for example breakdon/illness - where this occurs go to the local police explain what has happened and get a headed letter from them and Dr confirming what happened, present this at the border and it should smooth things over.

Visas Foreigners from Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visa for entering Botswana, except in cases where the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs has directed otherwise (see charts below). Botswana has also signed visa abolition agreements with a number of countries, and their nationals are not required to obtain entry visa, these include South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Countries Whose Nationals Require Visa To Enter Botswana
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Aramenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burindi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Capte Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
DRS Democratic Republic of Congo

Cote Divoire
Croatia
Czech Republic
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Gabon
Georgia
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ivory Coast
Jordan
Kazakhtsan
Korea DPR
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan (Kirghizia)

Laos PDR
Latvia
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Lithuania
Macedonia
Mali
Madagascar
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Philippines
Poland
Qatar
Romania
Russia

Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Somalia
Sudan
Suriname
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbe Kistan
Vietnam
Yemen
Commonwealth Countries Whose Nationals Require Visa To Enter Botswana
Ghana India Nigeria Srilanka

Requirements for visa application:
Visitors
* Completed immigration supplementary Form D by the applicant (Visa form).
* Letter of support from the host.
* Two passport size photos (identical).
* Fee of P500.00 (around USD 72.00)
* Return visa or residence permit from his/her country of residence.
* Return air ticket.
* Confirmation letter from the country if the person is coming for business purposes

If a person visiting Botswana wants to stay more than three months, he must apply before entering Botswana to the Chief Immigration Officer, P. O. Box 942, Gaborone, tel. (267) 361-1300.

Language

English is widely spoken by everybody.

Money credit cards and currency

Pula

TIme

GMT + South Africa

Electricity

220v plug socket

Health

Malaria is found in the Northern regions including The Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe National Park - precautions need to be taken.
Areas like Chobe's Savuti, the Linyanti/Kwando Swamps and the unpolished Kalahari gems of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Nxai Pan National Park will delight the safari holiday-goer with their rugged, yet accessible, remoteness and are creaking at the seams with wildlife.

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History and Culture of Botswana

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A safe, clean and sunshine-filled country, landlocked Botswana has been described as "Africa's success story" since its independence in 1966 - and is a peaceful, well-tempered country.

It is also a land of the starkest contrasts.

Modern, technology-driven urban areas are a short flight from the bows and arrows of San Bushmen hunting parties deep in the burning Kalahari; crystal-clear floodwaters attract massive concentrations of wildlife in parched, bone-dry savannas and woodlands; simple starlight reflects off the cut crystal of candle-lit dining tables.

Most of Botswana's tiny population is concentrated in the kinder, more fertile southeast, leaving enormous tracts of uninhabited central and northern wilderness for you to experience a safari holiday that will live on in your memory long after you've shaken the Kalahari sand out of your boots.

Chobe National Park

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The Chobe National Park has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. From Kasane, follow the tar road past the airport to Sedudu Gate. Here all persons are required to check in and pay the park fees. Four-wheel drive vehicles are essential if the intention is to travel extensively into the park - deep sand in some areas tests the skill of the driver and the capabilities of the vehicle. However, fantastic rewarding game viewing awaits.
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Chobe Linyanti

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In the furthest corner of Chobe National Park lies the forgotten paradise of Linyanti. Secluded and uncrowded, this short strip of swampy river frontage is reminiscent of the Okavango's permanent waterways with papyrus-lined lagoons, reed-beds and a towering canopy of trees. The Linyanti Swamp covers an area of almost 900km2, to which follows the river and fills the area between the converging courses of the Kwando and Linyanti rivers. The national park only touches the river for a short section on the far eastern edge of the swamp.
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Savuti National Park

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Often described as one of the best, wildlife-viewing area in Africa today Savuti boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife left on the African continent. Animals are present during all seasons, and at certain times of the year their numbers can be staggering. With adequate time here (a minimum of three to four days is recommended) you will probably see nearly all the major species. Savuti is famous for its predators, particularly its resident lions and spotted hyaena populations.
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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Africa's first formally declared trans-border conservation area - the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) on the border of South Africa and Botswana. The combined land area of the KTP is about 38,000 km2 of which 28,400 km2 lies in Botswana and 9,600 km2 in South Africa. The southern Kalahari represents an increasingly rare phenomenon: a large ecosystem relatively free from human interference. The large scale migratory movements of wild ungulates; and predation by large mammalian carnivores. These processes are impossible to maintain except in the largest of areas, and their presence in the Kalahari makes the system of special value to conservation.
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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The lesser-known Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is situated roughly halfway between Maun and Nata on the Francistown road in northern Botswana. A modest looking turnoff to the park's main entrance can be found 160 kilometres east of Maun and 45 kilometres west of the small village of Gweta, which has the nearest lodge accommodation, fuel and supplies.
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