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.
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Botswana is a popular destination for British tourists, and most visits are completely trouble-free. Although the spectacular wildlife is a big draw for visitors, it can also occasionally be a hazard, with wildlife on the roads, especially at night. Avoid bathing in lakes and rivers due to the risk of Schistosomiasis caused by a fresh water parasite and the risk from animals which may see you as intruding on their space! Some areas of Botswana are high risk for malaria, so consult a travel clinic for all the necessary vaccines, malaria tablets and travel health advice before travelling.
Crime and attacks on tourists in Botswana is rare, but it does happen. Take care of your personal safety and the security of your belongings just as you would at home. The major towns of Gaborone, Francistown and Maun commonly experience petty crime and more serious incidents. Keep your valuables out of sight, even if you’re travelling by private car, and make use of your hotel safe. Game reserves and tourist areas are generally considered safe and secure.
If you’re travelling to a remote area, take a first aid kid and plenty of bottled water, along with a means of summoning help if necessary. Healthcare facilities in major towns are good, but very limited elsewhere, and communications can be unreliable. Take sensible precautions against mosquitos, use 50% Deet insect repellent, especially if you are trekking or camping in wooded areas.
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