Destination Information for Botswana
Visitors to Botswana in Southern Africa have a treat in store! The lush landscapes and prolific wildlife make this incredible and vast country one of the world’s go-to destinations for tours, safaris and bird-watching. The iconic African landscape of Botswana evokes images of deserts and wilderness, but there’s also plenty of history and culture to discover along the way.
The plentiful game-reserves and national parks are Botswana’s biggest draw, and cover almost a fifth of the country. The Okavango Delta is a popular place for tourists, at the point where the Okavango River widens, forming the world’s largest delta and attracting animals from miles around. For bird-watching, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is unbeatable for the sheer variety of birds attracted to the salt pans. For any trip involving a safari, it’s usually beneficial to visit during the dry winter months of May – October, particularly June – August when it is cooler, rain is rare and the malaria risk is lowest.
If you’re interested in the traditions and culture of Botswana, the villages of D'Kar, in the Ghanzi district close to the capital, and Xai-Xai, in the far north of the country, offer tourists the opportunity to sample arts and crafts, and participate in rituals. The Tsodilo Hills in north-west Botswana near the Namibian border are a fascinating place to visit, with the highest concentration of rock art in the world offering a glimpse into human activities and developments since the Stone Age.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in the northern half of the country and anti-malarial medication is advised. There is low to no risk in the southern half of the country including the city of Gaborone and anti-malarial medication is not normally advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.