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Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. It is best to consult with the high commission of the country being travelled to in the country being travelled from as requirements vary and change constantly. Botswana Safaris will not be held responsible for any incomplete or incorrect information regarding the visa process gathered by the traveller.

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  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

All visitors to Botswana must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least 6 months, with the exception of those with outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds for the duration of their stay. Valid entry visas for the countries that require them can be obtained from the various Botswana embassies and high commissions abroad. Allow at least 21 working days for visa processing. Travellers should ensure that there are at least 2 blank visa pages in their passport for entry and exit stamps. Entry visas obtained from the border posts are valid for a maximum of 30-90 days. These border issued visas are for selected countries it is advisable to obtain visas before travelling. Extensions may be obtained from any migration office in Botswana. No visitor to Botswana is allowed to stay for longer than 90 days a year, unless special permission is given in the form of a waiver pending the outcome of a residence permit application. Passport holders of certain countries do not need a visa to enter Botswana, and exempt countries have been listed by the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana.

Countries Whose Citizens Do NOT Require a Visa to Enter Botswana

Citizens of the United States of America do not require a visa to enter Botswana. Here is the full list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Botswana:

Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gambia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guyana
Holy See
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Samoa
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Korea (Republic of)
South Sudan
Spain
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Yugoslavia
Zambia
Zimbabwe
 

Countries Whose Citizens DO Require a Visa to Enter Botswana

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Belarus
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo (Dem. Rep. of)
Congo (Republic of)
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Djibouti
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Georgia
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan (Kirghizia)
Laos (Lao People's Dem. Rep.)
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Macedonia
Madagascar
Mali
Mauritania
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Myanmar (Burma)
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea (Dem. People's Rep. of)
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Philippines
Rwanda
Sao Tome & Principe
Senegal
Serbia
Somalia
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Sumatra
Suriname
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
Vietnam
Yemen
 

Notice on Visas and Permits to Botswana

Applicants are advised to give twenty-one (21) working days to process the application. Any visa granted on this application will be subjected to compliance with the immigration regulations of the Republic of Botswana.

In the case of a lost or damaged visa or permit, the applicant will be required to pay P 1,500, an equivalency of US $ 321, to have their visa or permit reproduced. Please contact the nearest Botswana embassy while abroad and any immigration office if in Botswana.

General Requirements for Visa Application

  1. Fully completed Visa Application Form (Form 1)
  2. Certified (notarized) copies of passport pages of applicant (showing validity and photograph of bearer)
  3. Covering letters from the applicant
  4. A certified copy of the host, national identity/residence permit, work permit/exemption certificate/naturalization certificate
  5. If applicant previously applied for a visa, PLEASE ATTACH THE COPY OF THE VISA OUTCOME.
  6. If coming by road, specify on the covering letter and remember to include your contact telephone numbers.
  7. Travel schedule/flight itinerary/hotel bookings
  8. Finger prints of applicant will either be captured upon receipt of the application or at the point of entry in Botswana. (Applicants will be required to have their finger captured as one of the requirements)
  9. The passport of the applicant must have the validity period of six months and above with three or more unused pages.
  10. Applicants who would not be collecting their visa (endorsed in the passport) shall be requested to write a letter authorizing whoever will be collecting their visa and passports including their full names, ID or passport numbers and contact numbers to the embassy.

Visa Charges

  • Diplomatic Visa: Free
  • Official Visa: Free
  • Visitors; Tourist and Employment Visa: A NON-REFUNDABLE FEE of $107 per application in Money Order
  • Business and Investment Visa: NON-REFUNDABLE FEE of $150 per application in Money Order

Additional Requirements

Visitors
  1. Invitation letter from the host
  2. Sworn statement from the host (personal appearance of the host to the nearest immigration office in Botswana to fill in the affidavit)
  3. A copy of hotel/lodge bookings or state residential address where the applicant will be staying
  4. Copies of certified marriage and birth certificates (in case of married couples/dependents)
  5. Certified copies of ordination certificates of religious leaders
  6. Business profile if coming to establish a business (host)
  7. Return visa or residence permit from the country of residence
Business
  1. Invitation letter from the host or facilitator in Botswana
  2. Business profile if coming to establish a business
  3. Certified copies of ordination certificate for religious leaders
  4. Labour clearance/exemption if coming for a month or more
  5. Meeting schedule if coming to attend or organize a meeting
  6. Certified copies of Certificate of Incorporation, Trade License, Share Certificate of host if running a business
Employment
  1. Waiver from department of labour and social security or copies of work and residence permits
  2. Letter of confirmation of employment/contract of employment or offer letter
  3. Copies of RELEVANT qualifications
Investors
  1. Copies of work and residence permits
  2. Certified copies of certificate of incorporation, trade license, share certificate, list of directors, bank statement
Tourists
  1. Tour plan or copy of travel schedule
  2. Confirmation of bookings at hotels/lodges

All copies should be certified (notorized), and please don't forget to include contact numbers.

Notes

  • Visa fee is non-refundable.
  • Allow at least 21 working days for visa processing.
  • Personal checks are not accepted.
  • No visa fee charged for diplomatic and the United Nations passport holder travelling on official business
  • Yellow fever vaccination is not a requirement to enter Botswana.
  • Malaria shots are advised.

Send completed applications to:

  • Consular Section
    Embassy of the Republic of Botswana
    1531-33 New Hampshire Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20036

For more information and inquiries:
Tel.: (202) 244-4990
Fax: (202) 244-4164

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Duba Expedition Camp
6 Guest tents + Pilot/guide tent
01 April - 14 June &
01 November - 19 December 2017
15 June - 31 October 2017 20 December 2017 - 10 January 2018
- US$  per person per night sharing $ 1 250 $ 1 800 $ 1 450
- US$  single supplement No Charge $ 900 $ 725
- US$  child sharing with adults  (6-15 years) $ 625 $ 900 $ 725

Free Bush Boarding Pass

Enjoy an authentic Botswana safari experience with us, and fly for free


 •    Free flights to/from any Great Plains Conservation camp.Valid for all scheduled air transfers, that we book for you, starting/ending at Maun / Kasane airports and/or all other camps within the greater Delta, Linyanti and Chobe regions ;

•     Not valid for additional camera (freight) seats, pilot / guides rates;

•     Free inter camp air transfer offer applicable to all standard guest rate accommodation reservations.  No minimum stay requirements, however, for stays of a 
combination of 6 nights or more at Duba Expedition Camp and/or Selinda Camp/Zarafa Camp & Dhow Suites, a free helicopter transfer is available; 
See our Heli The Spillway special offer;


•    This offer is valid for all new reservations that travel between 01 October 2016 - 31 May 2017.

Flight : GPC121 Date 01/10/16 - 31/05/17

Heli the Selinda Thrillway

Combining the Selinda Reserve with Duba Plains is a perfect pairing of Botswana’s most
esteemed wildlife areas. And we’ve now made it all the sweeter. And more irresistible...

For guests staying at Selinda Camp, Zarafa Camp or Zarafa Dhow Suites combined with Duba Plains for a minimum of 6 nights, the inter-camp air transfer will now be a FREE helicopter transfer!
This 35 minute helicopter flight offers a uniquely spectacular aerial view of the Northern Okavango Delta region between the Selinda Reserve and Duba Plains.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Valid for all new reservations travelling until 10 January 2018;
Not valid for guides and tour leaders;
Minimum 6 night stay required between Duba Plains and either Selinda or Zarafa camp in any combination of nights;
Minimum 2 guests per transfer;
This offer can be combined with our  Botswana Fly Free special offer for stay between 01 October 2016 and 31 May 2017
 

  • Fully inclusive of accommodation, all conservation/park fees, scheduled activities, meals, laundry, return airstrip road transfers, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (excluding champagne). 
  • Exclusive of mandatory nightly conservation levy, flights and relevant spa services.
  • Pilot/Guide and private vehicle rates are nett and non-commissionable. 
  • Each tent includes one pair of Swarovski HD binoculars for complimentary use.


CHILD POLICY

  • Minimum age is 6 years. 
  • Child rates are applicable for one child aged 15 and younger sharing with two adults in a tent.
  • Children 16 and older will pay applicable adult rates and be accommodated in a separate tent.

GENERAL NOTES
• All city services and ground transfers, conservation/park fees, levies, and air transfers are excluded unless otherwise noted.
• Standard Terms and Conditions apply - a copy of which is available on request.
• Rates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, fuel levies, surcharges, government decree, or items of this nature.
• Comprehensive medical and travel insurance is required for all guests travelling to the properties and is a condition of travel and stay.

Great Plains Conservation Child Policy
These general guidelines apply to all of the Great Plains Conservation properties:
• Families at all our camps will be on shared activities with other guests.
• The minimum age requirement for walking and canoeing is 12 years in all camps except Selinda Explorers Camp where activities will be adjusted for children 10 years and older.
• Children 15 and younger must share a room with at least one adult.
• On the Selinda Adventure Trail, children 10 to 15 years (inclusive) are welcome on departures that have been booked on a private basis. This allows the guide and crew to adjust the daily walking and/or canoeing distances to suit the family’s needs.
• The child rate is based on a child sharing with two adults (except ol Donyo Lodge, Mara Plains and Selinda Camp family rooms where is is up to two children sharing with two adults). If this configuration is not possible, then it may be that the child will be charged the applicable adult rate.
• We evaluate each booking to ensure we deliver the best possible safari experience to all our guests in camp. In some cases, we may need to turn away a family booking in order to do so; we will do everything possible to try and avoid that outcome.
• Our camps are located in wildlife zones that are not fenced in and there are no child care facilities in our camps. Parents/guardians must be watchful of and responsible for their children at all times.
• Each of our camps has a unique child policy based on the size, location and structure of the camp. Please consult each camp’s rate page for specifics.