English is an official language in Botswana. It is taught at schools, and is widely spoken in all urban centres. Even in rural areas, many local villagers (especially younger ones who have received schooling) will be able to converse in English. All guides and general staff in the camps, lodges and hotel have a good command of English.
German, Italian and French translators are available on request through your travel operator or agent. When staying at a private camp or lodge, your guide can act as interpreter if necessary during social interactions.
Electricity is supplied at 220/240v. Both square (UK) and round (RSA) wall plugs are used.
Firearms & Ammunition
Firearms licensing in Botswana is strictly controlled, and all firearms imported under the authority of an import permit must be licensed immediately upon arrival. The importation of firearms that do not have the manufacturer’s serial number or other number by which they can be identified, stamped or engraved on a metal part of the weapon is prohibited.It should also be noted that police permits for firearms are issued on a limited quota basis. Considerable delays can occur in obtaining a permit, particularly on first importation. It is advisable for intending importers to apply well in advance of dispatch, so that unnecessary inconvenience and expenses are avoided.
Police permits for firearms are issued by:
P O Box 334,
Tel: +267 391-4202,
Visitors to Botswana have the opportunity to purchase diamond jewellery from authorised dealers. A strict certification system is in place to inform the buyer of the origin of the diamond, and the stated value and quality is verified.
In Botswana, one is not under any obligation to offer gratuity (tips) for services rendered at restaurants, bars, hotels, etc. It is at the discretion of the individual whether or not to pay gratuity for services.
|Ambulance||997 (Toll Free)|
|Police||999 (Toll Free)|
|Fire Brigade||998 (Toll Free)|
|Medical Rescue||911 (Toll Free)|
|Medical Air Rescue||390-1601|