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Zambia's scenic splendour has left many of its visitors breathless. Incredible African sunsets and beautiful wetlands contribute to this beauty. Zambia has 17 waterfalls of which the Victoria Falls is by far the most impressive. If you have ever dreamt of an African safari then a Zambian journey will marvel you awake. The local Bantu culture promises a rich and educational voyage through these lands.

CAPITAL

Gaborone

CURRENCY

1 Pula = 100 Thebe.
Major hotels have foreign currency facilities and most shops, lodges and travel agencies will accept traveller's cheques. USD traveller's cheques are recommended. Purchases must be made in Pula, but at tourist facilities, hard currencies are accepted. An unlimited amount of foreign currency may be imported and exported as long as it's declared. On leaving, you can take P 200 maximum.

CUSTOMS

Duty Free Allowances
- BWP 500 worth of goods
- 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
- 2 litres of wine
- 1 litre of spirits
- 50 ml of perfume
- 250 ml of eau de toilette

Prohibited Goods
Fresh meat from Zimbabwe

Special Notes
Up to 25 kg of fresh meat (beef, mutton, chicken and fish) per vehicle can be brought in from South Africa without a permit

Heat-treated animal products, e.g. canned meat and pasteurised milk need a veterinary movement permit depending on the quantities. Small quantities for personal consumption can enter without a veterinary import permit.

Border posts in Botswana will accept only original documents. No faxes or copies will be accepted.

(NB! For full information, please contact the nearest Embassy of Botswana.)

ELECTRICITY

220 volts, 50 Hz. Plugs are 2-pin & 3-pin round and flat.

HEALTH

There are no vaccination requirements for international travellers. Pre-arrival precautions are advised against malaria (risk exists Nov-Jun in northern parts of Botswana incl. Maun, Boteti, Chobe, Ngamiland, Okavango, Tutume districts/areas) and Hepatitis A, polio and typhoid. Other health concerns include influenza (risk throughout the year) and AIDS.

Due to the dry, dusty atmosphere, those with extreme respiratory problems (e.g. severe asthma or acute allergies) should avoid travels to Botswana as medical facilities are inadequate. As a precaution boil or sterilize drinking water when outside towns.

HOURS

Banking Hours 9 am-2.30 pm Mon-Fri; 8 am-noon Wed; 8 am-10.45 am Sat.
Office Hours 8am-5 pm Apr-Oct; 7.30 am-4.30 pm Oct-Apr.
Shopping Hours 8.30am-1 pm and 2 pm-5 pm Mon-Fri; 8.30 am-1 pm on Sat.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language and Setswana the local language.

POPULATION

11.2 Million

LITERACY

80%

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

New Years Day (1 -2 Jan); Easter (9 - 12 Apr); Labour Day (1 May); Ascension Day (20 May); Sir Seretse Khama Day (1 Jul); President's Day (15 - 16 Jul); Botswana Day (30 Sep); Christmas (25 - 26 Dec)

SOCIAL CONVENTIONS

Most people follow a traditional lifestyle and may be unused to visitors, be sensitive to this. Obtain permission from locals to photograph them. Some hotels don't permit jeans and T-shirts. On safari, wear dull colours, white is not practical. The majority of the population hold animistic beliefs.

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT+2

TIPPING

No service charges are included and tipping is expected, 10 percent is recommended.

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE

The country is landlocked. Zambia consists mainly of an undulating plateau sloping to the south. There are three distinct seasons namely cool and dry from May to August; hot and dry from September to October; and rainy between November and April.

GETTING THERE

Fly to Gabarone International