English is the official language of Botswana.

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Botswana’s currency is the Pula, which means “rain” in Setswana. Pulas are divided into 100 thebe. You can change money and traveler’s checks in banks, exchange bureaus and several authorized hotels. Some of the larger towns and cities have ATMs that accept foreign cards. Most local vendors accept cash only.

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Botswana’s international country code is 267. To call out to another country from Botswana, dial 00, followed by the appropriate country code.

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Hotels and restaurants expect patrons to tip 10 to 15 percent and often automatically add a service charge to your bill. Many tour guides and game trackers rely solely on tips for their income.

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Most visitors to Botswana have no troubles, but crime has increased in major cities. Avoid driving at night, wildlife commonly stray onto the road making for dangerous conditions.

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There are no vaccination requirements for entry into Botswana. Malaria, typhoid and HIV/AIDS are the major health risks to visitors. Malaria is a particular risk in the northern parts of the country, from November to June. Food and water are safe to consume. You are strongly recommended to carry your own health insurance.

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Electricity in Botswana is 220/240 volts and uses square and round wall plugs.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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