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Climate Chart for Gaborone
Most of the country has a subtropical
climate, with cooler temperatures prevailing in the higher altitudes. Winter
days are warm and nights are cool, with heavy frost common in the desert.
Temperatures range from maximums of 26.6°C - 32°C (80°F-90°F)
from October to February to minimums of 2° to 4.4°C (30° -
40°F) from June to August. In August begin the seasonal winds that blow
from the west and carry sand and dust across the country. The summer rainy
seasons runs from November to March and rain is rare between the months of May
to August. Rainfall averages 18 inches but ranges from 27 inches in the north
to less than 9 inches in the Kalahari.
For today's weather forecast see CNN - Africa Weather
LATEST TRAVEL ADVICE
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (London)
US State Department - Travel
VISAS & IMMIGRATION
Visas are required by
all nationals except those of Commonwealth countries, Austria, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Rep. of Ireland, Italy,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Western
Samoa, San Marino, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and USA. Visa ARE
required for nationals of Ghana, India, Mauritius, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. Stay
permits, which are extendable up to 30 days, are issued at the border.
Listing of Botswana Tourist offices and/or embassies
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Currency: Currency 1
Current Exchange Rate:
Full banking services are available in most major towns.
Barclays Visa may be used to purchase UK dollar or UK pound travellers cheques.
Credit card cash advances can in made in most major towns and are accepted at
hotels and restaurants in larger towns.
major towns banking hours are from 9am to 2:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday and on Wednesdays from 8:15 am to noon.
Location of Visa ATM's
Barclays Bank Cash Machine Locations
GMT +2 hours
TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND
KLM - Flights from Europe
Internal flights between Gaborone, Francistown and Maun are
available from Air Botswana.
||Botswana has an inexpensive and fairly
good way rail service between Francistown, Gaborone and Lobatse. First and
second class are comfortable and sleepers are available. Third class is basic.
Bedding is available for a small fee.
Railways P/Bag 00125, Gaborone. Tel. +(267)
300163 Fax. +(267) 374360.
|| Bus and minibus services operate
mainly in the eastern part of the country but the service is not so good, with
no schedule departure times.
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|| One the main routes it is fairly easy
to hitch in Botswana but, as always, this should be done with caution. You may
have to pay a small fee for the journey - check before you accept the lift. If
you are travelling on lesser known routes you will have long waits, it is often
best to organise a lift at lodges.
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| The main roads are mostly sealed and
in a fair condition. Problems occur on gravel roads during the rainy season and
some roads can wash away completely. If you plan to travel on gravel roads or
visit game reserves during the raining season a 4 wheel drive vehicle is
recommended. Petrol is available throughout the country but fill up when you
get the chance. There are a number of international and local car rental
companies, so shop around. Look out for the small print and make sure you have
Driving is on the left hand side and an international
drivers license is required. It is law to wear seat belts.
Sakeng Internet Access Point -
P.O Box 41173 Gaborone Botswana
Maun Sedia Hotel - Maun
||New Years Day
||Good Friday & Easter
||Botswana (Independence) Day
ELECTRICAL POWERElectric Power is 230V running at 50Hz.
The Plug types used are :
Round pins with ground -
blade plug - view
If you need medical care whilst in
Botswana, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment
through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in
full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for
reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit
card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local
embassy or representative.
To be compensated you must be treated by
licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper
documentation and receipts.
It is advisable to always ensure you have a
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