Country Infomation - Botswana
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General Information - Botswana

Riding in Botswana:

Cape Bike Travel, Bike tours, Country Info, Botswana Only the main thoroughfares through Botswana are tarred, all other roads are gravel paths. Our itineraries cover remote parts in the Kalahari area where paths can be badly damaged or are non-existent. Off-road experience is strongly recommended. Adventure riding classes (2-3 Days) are available on request.

Climate:

Your single biggest concern when traveling to Botswana is the rain, or lack thereof. In summer (October - April) the average daily temperature ranges in the mid 30°C but can go as high as 45°C. Relief from the heat is brought by thunderstorms in the evenings. Heavy rains during the summer can render large parts of the country impassable. The winter months (May - September) bring much more bearable temperatures during the day and no rains. Night-time temperatures fall considerably all year round often below freezing.
Best time to travel: May - September

Safety:

The usual security precautions apply. We have never encountered anything but heartfelt hospitality und friendliness from the locals.

Health and malaria:

The medical infrastructure in the main cities of Botswana is of high standard. Outside the cities it is poor and distances to the nearest hospital/ pharmacy can be long. If you are required to take any medication remember to take enough with you. Our support vehicles carry a small selection of medication for headaches, diarrhea and similar ailments and driving is done by a qualified paramedic. Our itineraries do not cover any malaria risk areas and no special vaccinations are indicated, unless you plan to visit the Chobe and Okavango Areas. Comprehensive travel and health insurance is recommended. Please be aware that AIDS/HIV is widespread.

What do I need to bring?

Cape Bike Travel, Bike tours, Country Info, Botswana

We recommend you bring suitable motorcycle clothing, preferably textile, as leathers can be very hot, as well as a helmet, gloves and motorcycle boots. Remember daytime temperatures will be high. Usually the climate in the region doesn't require heavy rain protection, but we recommend lightweight waterproofs just in case. A warm sweater or fleece is a must, as the nights will be chilly. Sun block, sunglasses and a hat/bandana are essential. Helmets can be hired locally if pre-booked.

Money matters:

The Botswana currency is the Pula. Traveler cheques are NOT popular and not accepted as payment. cash-machines (ATM) are available in major cities and major credit cards are accepted at lodges and in the cities.

Accommodation:

We try and use small hotels and guesthouses wherever possible, however some camping is part of the experience. Occasionally we have problems with availability, so the actual accommodation may differ if the given accommodation is fully booked. This applies particularly to late bookings and in high season.

What else can I do?

Anything you dream of, we can arrange extensions of you trip in Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, Special Interest tours (like botanical, geological...), train journeys or car/camper hire.

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