Welcome to Botswana
Congratulations for having decided to travel to Botswana with Central Khalahari Wild Tours! We hope this journey will not only be enjoyable but will mark the start of a long friendship with Africa, Botswana and mostly Central Khalahari Wild Tours and staff.
The information below will help you prepare for this amazing safari with Central Khalahari Wild Tours and partners. Set! Steady! Go! .
- Flashlight and headlamp.
- A digital camera with spare batteries, battery charger and plenty of memory cards.
- Your personal medication/prescriptions.
Our vehicles are carry a comprehensive first aid kit, however, it cannot be equipped enough.
Have your personal mini first aid, mosquito repellent lotion and high protection sun lotion in your duffel bag.
For inoculations, please consult your local GP or health provider.
You will be traveling in a malaria area. Take precautions:
Ensure to see your GP about malaria prophylaxis and whether you should take them or not. Some prophylaxis cause side effects such as nausea, headaches and a lowering of your resistance to the sun and it is important to bear in mind that malaria can be contracted despite taking tablets.
Summer Season (very hot and rainy): October – April is hot in the middle of the day.
Winter season: May – July temperatures can go below 0 degrees Celcius at night but during the day it warms up substantially to about 20 degrees Celsius. Temperatures starting warming up fast in August and, September can be hot already.
Summer Traveller (October-April): Shorts and lighter t-shirts/shirt, preferably long sleeved as they offer protection from the sun and mosquitoes. Walking shoes and sandals with sturdy soles to protect you from thorns, and comfortable for walking. Wide brimmed hat and a good pair of sunglasses to protect you from the sun.
Winter Traveller (May-August): trousers with removable legs, warm jacket with wind proof, scarf, gloves, fleece and warm headwear. Generally dressing in layers is the best way to deal with the varying temperatures during the winter months, and a windproof jacket is a good idea.
Colour: Generally we recommend neutral colours such as khaki, beige, olive, stone, green, etc.
Bring clothing that can be hand washed easily and dried quickly.
You may get opportunities to swim, so bring along a swimming outfit. Don’t forget your sun hat!
All meals and drinks are provided (only when camping); please inform us if you have any special requirements or if you are allergic to any food. Wine, local beer and soft drinks are provided. Water, tea and coffee are available all day. Spirits are also available on request and but excluded in the price. The spirits that are available are gin, vodka, whiskey and brandy.
Bottled water is always available, but for drinking only!
Duffel/soft bags of not more than 25kg are recommended as they are easy to pack as compared to hard case bags.
Have a backpack for your walks. When mokoro trips (overnight) are included ensure to have a backpack that will also fit your overnight gear. Limited weight recommended.
There will be time between morning and afternoon activities. A book or a card game will be handy! Ask your guide for safari books he might be willing to share!
Since your safari is pre-paid, you will not need to travel with much cash.
Botswana currency is in Pula (P) and Thebe (t). The best currencies to bring to Botswana are Euro, GBP and US Dollars. If you wish you will be able to exchange money before your safari departure.
Tipping is a personal matter, however, standard safari tips are shown below.
- Guides: USD10.00 per person per day.
- Safari Chef: USD5.00 per person per day.
- General Staff: USD5.00 per person per day.