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.
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.
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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.
In 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.
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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.
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.
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 insurance.
Driving is on the left hand side and an international drivers license is required. It is law to wear seat belts.
1st January - New Years Day
Moveable Good Friday & Easter Monday
15th July - President's Day
30th September - Botswana (Independence) Day
25th December - Christmas Day
Electric Power is 220V - 240V running at 50Hz.
The Plug type used is: "Type C, E and F"