Botswana Local Customs

  • SHUT THE GATE BEHIND YOU!
    SHUT THE GATE BEHIND YOU!
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  • Local Customs
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Botswana Local Customs

  • SHUT THE GATE BEHIND YOU!

    Many campsites, motels and holiday ranches have big metal gates you must open before you can drive your car though. Please always shut and latch them behind you. They not only keep livestock and wild animals in – they keep them out. One of the places they keep them out of is the road you were just driving down. It also helps keep down the spread of...

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  • Donkey boiler

    This system of heating water is very common in Botswana and other African countries. It consists of a big drum under which the fire is lit. Cold water is poured itnto the drum (donkey's body) through a funnel. The fire heats the water inside the drum and hot water goes to an outlet pipe (donkey's tail) and then through the system of pipes into the...

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  • Witchcraft

    Yes! You may laugh but I wondered why some of the folk were staring at me. Of course, my husband had his ideas - puny, little white girl. I thought it may have been that I was wearing shorts and a t.shirt whilst all the locals were in puffer jackets and winter hats (in their 40 degrees winter sun!).Nope apparently the reason some of the older...

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  • Tipping

    Make sure you have enough currency (pula or dollars) to tip local guides and helpers. For example, in the Delta we were told that it is best to tip the head poler, rather than each poler individually. Also, this should be separate to the other helpers' tips. This does make sense, and shows appreciation for their responsible tourism that they...

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  • cross border

    If you rent a car from South Africa and drive into Botswana for example at Martins drift border post,you have to pay for vehicle crossing.At that moment of year 2007 I paid 60 pula for a simple 4x4.The rate is depend on the size of your vehicle.This border post accept SA rand as well.Try to get there in early morning time to prevent lots of traffic...

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  • Greetings

    It is good manners to always greet a person, particularly government persons but everyone generally too by saying 'dumela rra' to a man and 'dumela mma' to a lady.When shaking hands it is a sign of respect to touch the arm of the hand you are using to shake hands with (see pic)Thank you = Ke a lebogaHow are you = Lo KaeYes = EeNo = Nnyaa

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  • ELECTRICAL PLUGS

    Botswana uses a 220/240 volts AC 50 Hertz system for domestic electrical plugs. They utilise the South African style – 2 circular metal pins with a large circular grounding pin (pictured). Adapters can be very expensive, so shop around. I paid $2 in Gantsi.

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  • What is a Safari?

    Safari is the Swahili name for "journey", specifically an overland expedition undertaken for exploring or hunting. Today, the word is synonymous with adventure and discovery of the wildlife and habitats of the great African continent!An African safari can be undertaken in many ways - from self driving a 4x4 to luxury fly-in African safaris....

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  • Local Etiquette

    There are certain points of etiquette to remember when traveling anywehre in Africa and Botswana is no exception. Hate speech, racist remarks and outbursts are not tolerated and will probably lead one into confrontation with locals. Refrain from criticism of governments or authorities, particularly at border posts. Be polite and corteous and the...

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  • Woman and kid

    Melinda took this picture before we went to buy breakfast in a Spar. That is so funny. You can find Spar everywhere in Namibia.

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  • People of God

    We met many people when we travelled around Botswana. This time we met some South-African pastors. They were very nice and they helped us. One time they invited us to have a dinner. After the dinner we did sing.

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  • Women carry a Heavy Load

    I noticed in Botswana that the women are often burdoned by large loads, usually on their head as well as in their hands and sometimes a baby on their back also. However, the men don't carry much if anything at all. The reason for this, is that traditionally the men need their hands free in order to defend their family from possible enemy/animal...

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  • Changing your money.

    When you have cash US dollars and want to change them into the local currency ( Pula )go to a bank. No matter how long the queue is, you can go first. Most banks have this rule, just ask. It saved us a lot of time.

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  • I went to a small village in...

    I went to a small village in the Delta, and had the priviledge to meet up with some of the children.

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  • SHORTLY AFTER CROSSING THE...

    SHORTLY AFTER CROSSING THE BORDER INTO BOTSWANA FROM ZIMBABWE, WE WERE MADE TO STOP AND PARTAKE IN A FUTILE STATE SPONSERED EXERCISE OSTENSIBLY TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF DISEASE. EVERYONE WAS REQUIRED TO SCRUB THE BOTTOM OF THEIR BOOTS ON A BRISTLE-LIKE CARPET SET UP ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. THAT'S IT!

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  • Botswana is rated the cleanest...

    Botswana is rated the cleanest country in the world. The biggest offence is littering. The people respect the law. Another serious crime is game poaching. Botswana people still has respect for others' lives. Murderers are sent to the gallows. Maybe that's what South Africa needs in order to get off the list as the world's highest murder and crime...

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  • Don't take pictures of the...

    Don't take pictures of the natives unless you ask for their permission. Some think that they will lose their soul if their picture is taken!! Some will ask for money after you take your pictures...so ASK FIRST...!!

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