It is often said that when a country isn’t always on the News, it means it is one of the best places to be. Botswana is ranked one of the safest countries in Africa.
Many travellers to Africa, especially if it’s their first time; ask questions about their safety; especially with countries that aren’t always on the headlines. Fortunately, Botswana is a very safe place for visitors to have a wonderful and memorable stay.
In visiting countries, we should always find out what their laws permit, their dos’ and don’ts’, take note and ensure not to break the law as a visitor. It is advisable to always ask questions before embarking on trips to foreign places.
In Botswana, there are laws and forbidden things and it is expected that citizens and visitors adhere to these laws.
The use of drugs without proper prescription, is prohibited and drug trafficking is illegal in Botswana. This is seen as a big crime and punishable. If you’ve any reason to travel with drugs, make sure your prescriptions are certified.
Ensure you’ve your identity card with you. Do not forget to move about with it, as a visitor, your identification is very important.
Taking photographs of military or government building is forbidden. Permission should be taken.
As a visitor, it is not out of place to ask questions, always ask questions, the locals are very friendly and always willing to assist with explanations.
It is illegal to possess or remove any living or dead animal, without a government permit. It is forbidden to take an animal trophy without authorised permission.
With many animals in Africa struggling to survive against poachers, it’s best to avoid purchasing these items.
Camouflage isn’t allowed; be careful not to disobey this law. Although Botswana has no particular dress code, dress responsibly.
At lodges or hotels, Western norms tend to apply. However, when you’re out and about, dressing modestly for your comfort and that of the locals. This goes for men as well as for women; and is especially important if you are going to a government office.