Flight times from London to Botswana are around 10 and a half hours.
The best time to visit Botswana is between April and December. May to October give you the best chance of spotting wildlife, with the dry season bringing animals to the waterholes.
British nationals do not need a visa for holidays to Botswana lasting less than 90 days.
A tip of about 10% is customary in restaurants in Botswana. We recommend tipping around $5 per guest per night to each of the staff at your lodge. A tip of $10 per guest per day is customary for safari guides, with this going up to $20 for private safari trips.
Most people you will encounter in Botswana speak fluent English, especially in safari lodges. Setswana is the other principal language, and there are 25 other indigenous languages.
New Year’s Day is celebrated across Botswana with colourful displays of dancing, street parties and music. Succulent meats, beer and more are served throughout the country from the 31st December to 2nd January.
Held in March each year, Botswana’s Maitisong Festival lasts nine days and is held in carnival style. Music, dancing and theatre performances are held throughout the towns and cities.
The majority of Botswana’s population is Christian, with choirs, carol concerts and many celebrations held in the lead up to Christmas. Western style pubs and restaurants also serve a traditional Christmas lunch.
Celebrated with a four day national holiday, President’s Day involves residents returning to their home villages for vibrant celebrations. Speeches, dancing and singing are enjoyed in every town, village and city in the country.
Held in February every year, this day celebrates the rich landscapes and diversity of Botswana. It focuses on conservation and tree planting, with a Wetlands March drawing attention to this rich natural habitat.