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DISCOVER AND EXPLORE THE TRUE BEAUTY OF BOTSWANA!

Travelers Information

Insurance:

Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours. All clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment, repatriation, etc. Also, be aware that many activities such as trekking, bungee jumping or white water rafting may not be covered on your insurance policy. If you plan on doing any of these activities please purchase additional insurance. We recommend that you have a photocopy of this document, which you keep separate from the original. 

Passport:

Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited. 

Visa Requirements:

It is important that you obtain the appropriate visas before you embark on your Africa trip. Country entry regulations change daily. Kalahari Marsh can assist in making arrangements for the visa only for its customers at an extra cost. Please not that even though we can assist we do not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas.. 

Climate Information:

Botswana’s climate is semi-arid. Hot and dry for most of the year, the rainy season runs through the summer months. Rainfall in the winter months is uncommon, though cannot be ruled out.

As a general rule when travelling, it is worthwhile being prepared for all types of weather. Keep a lightweight waterproof jacket/poncho – this should prepare you for all seasons! 

Security:

Do not bring any unnecessary valuables such as jewelry or electronic equipment with you. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your personal belongings close to you at all times as pickpockets operate everywhere, particularly in built-up tourist areas. A money belt or something similar worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports and other important documents. Likewise, do not leave ANYTHING of value in tents unattended. 

US Dollars CASH is the most widely accepted currency in most parts of Africa. Please ensure that all notes are clean and printed AFTER 2006.

 

Luggage and Personal 

Equipment:

The best rule for packing is to limit yourself to the airline limit of 15 to 20kgs. 

Personal Effects:

Torch (we recommend a head torch), camera & film OR spare memory card, spare passport photos, water bottle, money belt, sewing kit, sunhat/sunglasses,

Books, wet ones, tissues, soap to wash clothes, writing materials, calculator, personal toiletries, including tampons, contraceptives, insect repellent, sunscreen. 

NOTE: – If you wear glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

Clothing:

We suggest that you take into account the time of year you will be travelling, and pack accordingly to the season. Contrary to expectations it does get cold in Africa. Southern Africa, particularly South Africa and Namibia get quite cold at night between June and August. You will need to bring your warmest clothes.

A rough guideline follows:-

  • Underwear & socks
  • 3-4 long sleeved & short sleeved shirts or t-shirts
  • 2-3 long trousers / shorts
  • Polar fleece / waterproof jacket
  • walking shoes or trainers / sandals
  • A set of smart clothes & shoes 

Language

English is widely spoken in the countries in Africa but you might like to take the time before your trip to read up on the country you will be visiting and perhaps learn a few words of the language. Your effort will always be welcomed and will make your trip all the more enjoyable. 

Photography

Africa has some of the most spectacular photographic opportunities in the world. To capture these scenes you will need to bring a camera with a good zoom lens. 

NOTE: – Protect your camera from the elements, particularly dust, as getting your camera repaired will be impossible in most places. A good idea is to use an old tea towel or t -shirt to wrap your camera up inside it’s dustproof camera bag when not in use. Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installations 

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