Botswana is one of Africa’s last wildernesses. Home to the Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the country is a popular safari destination. One third of the country is game reserves, which protect the wildlife and the landscape. Those who love luxury will feel right at home, with new lodges offering fantastic viewpoints for spotting the animals in comfort.
Visa requirements: None for EU citizens
Time zone: GMT + 2
Language: English is the official language but Setswana is spoken locally
Currency: Pula. The currency cannot be obtained outside of Botswana
Population: 2.2 million
Electricity: Same as UK, but some places have three pin round sockets
Tipping policy: Recommend $10 per person per day for guides and tips at your discretion for lodge staff
AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Indirect flights only (average travel time: 14h): Fly via Johannesburg or Cape Town to Gaborone, Maun or Kasane
TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Chobe National Park
Magkadigkadi Salt Pans
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Northern Tuli Game Reserve
Race for Rhinos
Tour de Tuli, a mountain bike tour
Kuru Dance Festival
Foreigners wishing to marry in Botswana must register their marriage by applying for and obtaining a Special Licence from the District Commissioner. Couples can only apply for the Special Licence once they are in Botswana. Approval takes approximately two days.
Copies of the two witnesses’ passports;
Proof of residential address for both partners;
Proof of return air ticket;
Affidavit stating that you can legally marry;
Divorce certificate, if applicable;
Death certificate if either partner is a widow/widower.
Same-sex or LGBTQ marriages are not legal in Botswana.