There are no direct flights to Botswana from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Directly there, you can fly from Europe by a regular flight of the airline British Airways, or you can get from South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Namibia by regular flights of local airlines. The most common option is to fly to the capital of Botswana, Gaborone, via Johannesburg, from where South African Airways or Air Botswana fly. Johannesburg, in turn, can be reached by Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France, and British Airways.
Visa to Botswana
Citizens of Russia do not need a visa to visit luxury destinations in Botswana for up to 90 days, but no one will need extra insurance to Africa.
Botswana has few roads, so some places can only be reached by air. Local airlines regularly fly between the four main cities of Botswana, but the flight is quite expensive. The six main bus routes and the railway line connect Francistown, Gaborone, and Lobatse. Low cost and high-quality service make these types of transport very popular.
Car rental in Botswana
In the main cities, there are many companies offering car rentals. Payment is taken daily; it includes mileage, insurance, and a full gas tank. To rent, you must have a driver’s license of international standard. Speed limits: 60 km / h in settlements, on highways – 120 km / h. Seat belts must be fastened.
In general, renting a car among Russian tourists is not very popular here, because it is enough for them to travel to organized safaris. And for those who wish to go on their own to look at other sights, except for national parks, it is better to hire a qualified driver-guide on an “SUV.”
Unlike many African countries, honeymoon destinations in Botswana are very safe. There is an incredibly low crime rate, and the locals are very hospitable and deservedly love tourists for helping the country’s economy.
Photographing or videotaping of the president, government ministers, police or military representatives, as well as police buildings, military facilities, and airports is prohibited.
The most important safety nuances are related to the rules of conduct in national parks:
First, you should never feed wild animals during a safari. No need to keep your hands in your pockets, and even more so – do not show food to baboons (sitting in a comfortable room, you can smile at these words, but in parks, it is better not to do so: a smile can cause aggression in baboons).
When meeting with elephants, you should always give them a place on the road and in no case become between parents and cubs.
After passing through the tall grass, it is necessary to check if there are any ticks on the clothes.
When traveling on safari cars can only go in specially designated areas. However, all cars have open upper parts of the cabin, which in any case will give tourists the opportunity to admire the local fauna freely.
Also, you cannot make noise during a walk, and you cannot take out of the reserves of plants and bring back pets. In the parks cannot move on bicycles, motorcycles and roller skating. Smoking is possible only in the lodges – but not on walks. Do not leave food inaccessible places for animals. It is impossible to pour drinks on the ground and litter – this can adversely affect the health of animals.
But it is possible and necessary in the evening to wear long sleeves with long sleeves and long trousers in lodges.
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