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The Best Time to Visit Botswana

With its landscapes changing through the year, Botswana is a year-round holiday destination.

Botswana’s rainy season usually occurs between January and February, during the country’s summer from November-March. Then, you might experience brief but heavy thunderstorms, but with it comes great game viewing and lots of birdlife. You might even be lucky to witness the miracle the rains bring – transforming the dry lands to vibrant, lush greenery.

April to May features comfortable temperatures – around 15-30°C. The lands are lush and beautiful and April marks the start of the period where large numbers of animals migrate towards the Okavango Delta (until November). Having said that, the grass is long after the rains, making game viewing more difficult than other seasons.

June, July & August is Botswana’s winter and are marked by cloudless days and mild temperatures between 5-27°C on average. In the Okavango Delta, the floodwaters from Angola begin to fill the lagoons and streams, while the landscapes outside of the delta start drying up, fading from emerald green to a dry khaki colour. At this time of year, animals can often be seen congregating around watering holes, making it an excellent time to go on a safari.

Visit Botswana from late August to September and you’ll be inbetween the cold of winter and the intense heat, before the rains. Temperatures range from 15-31°C, and towards the end of September temperatures can go above 40°C. Game viewing is excellent during spring thanks to the lack of thick vegetation and the waterholes drying up.

Botswana Travel Advice Essentials

Do I need any vaccinations for Botswana?

For Botswana, Typhoid, Polio, Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. We’d also recommend consulting your GP at least four to six weeks before travelling for current advice and guidance regarding malaria medication.

What is the time difference between Botswana and the UK?

The time difference is GMT +2 hours.

How long is the flight to Botswana?

Flights from London to Maun via Johannesburg take from around 13 hours, depending on the stopover in Johannesburg.

What is the currency in Botswana?

The currency is the Botswana pula, although US dollars are widely accepted.

Do I need visa for a holiday in Botswana?

British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Botswana.

New regulations for travelling with children to Botswana

Under the new law, all minors under the age of 18 years will be required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when exiting and entering Botswana ports of entry.

Children travelling with only one parent - When a child travels with only one parent, additional documents should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of the absent parent. The affidavit should be no more than 3 months old from date of travel.

Children travelling without either parent - In the case of a child travelling with a person other than a parent, the Unabridged Birth Certificate must be supplemented by affidavits from the parents or legal guardians confirming that the child may travel with that person, copies of the ID documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian, and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian.

Similarly, a child travelling as an unaccompanied minor would have to produce not only the Unabridged Birth Certificate, but also proof of consent from both parents or legal guardians and contact details, plus documentation relating to the person receiving the child in Botswana. The latter documentation should include a letter stating the person’s contact details and residential address, contact details where the child will be residing, plus a copy of his or her ID document, passport or residence permit.

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Vahine Island, Tahiti

Just a stone’s throw from the island of Taha’a, in Tahiti’s idyllic Society Islands, this barefoot luxury escape hugs the white sands and coconut groves of Motu Tu Vahine (Island of the Woman) at the edge of a picture perfect turquoise lagoon. A scenic boat ride from nearby Raiatea, Vahine Island is an intimate hideaway for only a handful of guests in its 9 heavenly villas, 3 of which sit over the lagoon on stilts.  This is paradise found!