Botswana

Botswana

Country profile

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. 

Botswana

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Gaborone
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
Okavango Delta
Chobe National Park
Magkadigkadi Salt Pans
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Northern Tuli Game Reserve

MAJOR EVENTS
Race for Rhinos
Tour de Tuli, a mountain bike tour
Desert Race
Kuru Dance Festival

WEDDINGS
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.
Documents needed:
Passport;
Passport-sized photos;
Birth certificate;
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.


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