Is Botswana Safe for Travelers?
Botswana is widely acknowledged as a secure and hospitable destination for tourists. With its stable political climate, low crime rate, and commitment to animal conservation, it offers travelers a safe and rewarding experience. This serene southern African country boasts breathtaking landscapes like the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, where visitors can explore diverse flora and fauna with the guidance of knowledgeable safari operators. Local communities warmly embrace tourists, encouraging cultural exchanges and enhancing overall safety. However, it is always wise to stay informed about any travel advisories and to take standard safety precautions while relishing Botswana's natural splendor and friendly hospitality.Can I drink tap water in Botswana?
Can you drink tap water?
In short, no. Make sure you avoid drinking tap water in Botswana, it is not safe to drink. In urban areas the water is chlorinated and local people may drink it, however we very strongly advise you drink bottled water at all times. Water outside of the urban areas is contaminated. Ensure that ice cubes, drinking water and even the water for brushing your teeth is bottled. During your safari, bottled water is readily available.
Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?
We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. There are specialist travel clinics that are trained in the area, and they can keep you up to date with the current advice as it often changes. At present, certain areas of Botswana are affected by malaria. For up to date information, please head to one of the following sites:
What languages are spoken in Botswana?
The official language of Botswana is English, yet most of the population also speak Setswana as well. Conversing with the locals is easily and happily done in English, your game drives and other activities will be conducted in the English too. If you need your guide to speak a language other than English, it is worth contacting us to see what we can do to help.