Travel Insurance is compulsory for all tours. All clients MUST be insured to cover personal accidents, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment, repatriation, etc. Also, be aware that many activities such as tracking, bungy jumping or wild water rafting may not be covered on your insurance policy. If you plan on doing any of these activities please purchase additional insurance. We recommend that you have a photocopy of this document, which you keep separate from the original.
Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have 1 blank page for each country to be visited. Please ensure you have US Dollars CASH to pay your visas.
Medical information and vaccinations
The following information is a guideline only. Delta Water Front Adventures Safaris (PTY) LTD are not medical professionals and we strongly advice you make an appointment with your GP or Traveller’s Medical Centre at least TWO months prior to your departure date.
Strongly recommended inoculations:
Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus , Typhoid, Meningitis, Hepatitis A & B, Yellow fever.
These may vary from country to country, please consult your GP or local Travel Clinic.
– A dental check-up prior to travelling.
– That you know you blood group in case of emergency
– That if you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make this known to Delta Water Front Adventures Safaris(PTY) LTD at the time of your booking.
We recommended items: Band Aid/Bandages, Laxatives, Upset stomach remedy, Anti-diarrhoea remedy, Pando/Aspirin, Rehydration remedy, Antiseptic cream/powder, Sterile Dressing, Any relevant course of medication.
A complete Travellers medical pack can be purchased at most vaccination centres, chemists and outdoor travel shops.
Anti-malaria tablets are essential. Get professional advice from you GP or Travel clinic about types of tablets, as a resistant strains exist. These tablets may need to be taken at least 1 week before travelling to Africa, during your travels and sometimes for four weeks after leaving a Malaria area. DO NOT forget to follow your prescribed routine. Do not change the routine, once prescribed by your doctor. As there is considerable resistance in parts of Africa, the only effective prevention is to NOT get bitten. Dusk till dawn is the time when mosiquitos bite therefore, always protect your self with repellents and long clothing during this time. Malaria is the most common serious ailment that affect our clients, do not expose your self to unnecessary risk.
Botswana’s climate is semi-arid. Hot and dry for most of the year, the rainy season runs through the summer months. Rainfall in the winter months is uncommon, though cannot be ruled out. As a general rule when travelling, it is worthwhile being prepared for all types of weather. Keep a lightweight waterproof jacket/Poncho- this should prepare you for all seasons.
Do not bring any unnecessary valuables such as jewellery or electronic equipment with you. Be away of your surroundings and keep your personal belongings close to you at all times as pickpocket operate everywhere, particularly in build-up tourist areas. A money belt or something similar worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports and other important documents. Likewise, do not leave ANYTHING of value in tents unattended.
US Dollars Cash is the most widely accepted currency in most parts of Africa. Please ensure that all notes are clean and printed after 2006. Small denominations are best for changing into local currencies and tipping i.e US$5, US$10 & US$20
Luggage and personal equipment
The best rule for packing is to limit yourself to the airline limit of 15 to 20kgs.
Torch(we recommend a headtorch), camera and film or spare memory card, spare passport photos, water bottle, money belt, sewing kit, sunhat/sunglasses, books, wet ones, tissues, soap to wash clothes, writing meterials, calculater, [ersonal toiletries, including tampons, contraceptives, insect repellent, sunscreen.
NOTE: If you wear glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climate changes and dust can creat visual irritation, therefore it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.
We suggest that you take into account the time of year you will be travelling, and pack accordingly to the season. Contrary to expectations it does get cold in African winter. Southern Africa particularly South Africa and Namibia get quiet cold at night between June and August. You will need to bring your warmest clothes.
A rough guideline follows:
Underwear and socks
3-4 long sleeved and short sleeved shirts or t-shirt
2-3 long trousers/shorts
Polar fleece / waterproof jacket
A wallking shoes or trainers/sandals
A set of smart clothes and shoes
English is widely spoken in the countries in Africa but you might like to take the time before your trip to read up on the country you will be visiting and perhaps learn a few words of the language. Your effort will always be welcomed and you will make your trip all the more enjoyable.
Africa has some of the most spectacular photographic oppotunities in the world. To capture these scenes you will need to bring a camera of a good zoom lense.
NOTE: Protect your camera from the elements , particularly dust, as getting your camera repaired will be imposseble in most places. A good idea is to use an old tea towel or t-shirt to wrap your camera up inside it’s dustproof camera back when not in use. Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offense by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installations.
Please visit http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw for more travel information about our beautiful country.
*The information provided is given in good faith and should be used as a guide only*