Botswana Warnings and Dangers

    by DAO
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by DAO
    by DAO

Botswana Warnings and Dangers

  • Banks in Maun don't always have money

    There are three banks in Maun: Barclays, FNB and Stanbic. When tourists flock to the town centre before going further into the Okavango Delta, these banks quickly reach the limit of their capacity to provide money. In our case this meant that the ATMs either showed "out of order" when we arrived or switched to an "out of order" message after just...


    In order to prevent the spread of Foot & Mouth Disease in livestock, the following items are banned from being brought into Botswana:* Meat and meat products from cloven hoofed animals* Livestock feeds, fodder, manure and bedding* Hides, skins, reams, etc.* Bones, hoofs, etc.* Game trophies and skins* Fresh milkThe country also does not want you to...


    Can you see the gate across the road you will be approaching at 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph)? Neither could I. That’s why I hit it and damaged my car. Approaching this barrier from the North of Nata there are NO SIGNS and the paint on the road saying to slow down and stop has worn away. Bizarrely there are signs and paint on the road as you...


    I am not accusing anyone, but I have no doubt more than one VT Member has stolen hotel towels at some time in their travels. Well, don’t do it here! I first noticed this in the capital Gaborone. Hotels in Botswana embroider their towels with the name of the accommodation and the telephone number. You really don’t want to get involved with the...

  • Apart from the obvious

    Having traversed Africa one would expect you are aware. We left South Africa nine people, three families in three vehicles equipped with everything.My Trailer (I built myself) loaded with water and food to sustain us all for a 6 week trip, 4 hours out from Johannesburg we reached the Botswana Boarder, the trailer drew attention wherever we went and...

  • Anti-malaria precautions

    Malaria is a big problem in Africa. As northern Botswana lies in the high risk zone we decided to take anti-malaria tablets. We choose malarone recommended to us by our doctor. We had to start taking a tablet every 24 hours one day before entering the malaria zone and continue until one week after leaving it. Luckily, we didn't feel any side...


    Botswana has a lot of ‘roads’ that are actually just sand. You can drive a 2 wheel drive car through almost all of Botswana, but avoid sand roads. You have to maintain at least a 40km per hour speed to push through and you are just asking for trouble. I got stuck twice (pictured) and had to be towed out twice. It could be very dangerous in remote...

  • Don't stop your journey at Ngoma border

    Make sure to go all the way to Kasane and DON'T stop your journey at the border. Ngoma border is close to a game reserve and it's nothing there. No people lives in this area. It's not allowed to walk in the game reserve due to the wild animals. And the road is closed at night.My taxi driver from Namibia had forgotten his passport and couldn't drive...

  • Don't become dinner!

    If you are camping in a game reserve such as Moremi or Chobe, do NOT sleep in the open curled up only in a sleeping bag. If lion or hyenas are around, you may find yourself being dragged off into the bushes - never to see dawn again!Camp fires do NOT frighten lion or hyena away. Make sure that you sleep inside a tent with no portion of your body...

  • Safari fuel for Moremi

    There are no fuel supplies available in Moremi. The nearest fuel and garage facilities are in Maun, about 100km from Moremi. If you are travelling 4WD it is always a good idea to carry spare fuel (but never inside the vehicle).

  • Beware malarial mosquitoes

    There is a risk of malaria in Northern Botswana, this includes the Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe. The predominant species is Plasmodium falciparum, which is the most dangerous of the four species of human malaria.Chloroquine is not effective in Botswana. Consider one of the following antimalarial drugs: atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline or...

  • Police Fines For the Self Drive People

    I would like to Bring to the attention of the Self Driving people that the Police fines being handed out in Botswana has gone up Insanely!. I would recommend that you take extreme care to avoid buggering up your holidays due to unnecessary fines. A sample of the fine is attached.1) Exceeding Speed Limits P3000-P5000 or 18-2Yrs in Prison2) Drunken...

  • Bush Tucker

    This photo says it all really, so do take care, make sure when camping or staying in lodges that you don't wander out alone after dark. Depending on your accommodation, you will often be walked to your lodge by an armed ranger but if you are camping in the bush then make sure you have a fire lit until you turn in and then make sure you are sleeping...


    Going out in the bush to get some firewood for a braai? Watch out! Botswana has a special, extra-large, nearly fatal size thorn bushes. These are ask big as knitting needles and they hurt! Just look at my hand. I recommend you only walk where you can see at night and slowly even then. I still have a scar on my hand.

  • Take GPS and spares!

    When we were doing our evening game drive one night in Moremi we came across a couple who had broken down in their self-drive Landrover. They had no GPS, an old map, no clue where they were, no spare fuel, no spare water, no satellite phone. If we had not stumbled across them and insisted we take them back with us I dread to think what would have...

  • malaria

    Malaria is prevalent especially in the north of the country, though not so much in gaborone.Get medical advice on what malaria tablets to take and start taking anti malaria tablets atleast a week before entering botswana and keep taking the tablets for a further one week on returning home.

  • Hippos are not friendly!

    My husband & I were savagedly attacked by a hippo while traveling with a guide in a mokoro in the Okavango just 3 weeks ago. We were almost killed. Most people do not survive a hippo attack. My husband suffered a bite which went completely through his knee. The danger, besides the hippo, is the fact that the safari company had absolutely no means...

  • Wildlife Safaris Pose (Common Sense)...

    Most safaris take place in remote wildlife areas and game reserves, away from villages, towns and cities. This means that you will most probably not find other people around, except those who look after your every need while on safari! The transfers (by road, air or water) between airports, hotels and lodges are operated by reputable companies or...

  • Personal Safety Do's and Dont's

    As with most big cities in the world, the central areas of the bigger cities that you might visit have a criminal element that tend to prey on the unwary tourist!• Don't walk alone in any downtown or deserted city suburbs at night. • Don't be shy to take advice from locals of what sort of behaviour should be avoided. • Don't visit poor areas,...

  • Minimize Valuables

    When in towns and cities, do not carry large amounts of cash in your pocket. Keep enough for the expenses of the day and place the rest in a safety deposit box at the hotel/lodge or money pouch under your shirt. Also be discreet with an expensive camera or jewellery. Take note of onlookers and keep your possessions in sight at all times to avoid...

  • Road hazards

    Botswana has lovely roads and very few cars traveling on them, but do not give in to the temptation to speed or drive at night. There are creatures sharing the roads that present a hazard.

  • Walking in the bush after dark.

    Walking around after dark is so tempting due to the sounds and beauty of African nights, but even just a trip to the loo could be disastrous. Fat, sluggish puff adders like to laze on the paths at night and do not move on when they hear you approach. It is very common for people to step on them in the dark, and this is a very venomous snake. Use...

  • Health Precautions in Botswana

    Tipe of sickness or illness or fevers you get in Botswana:Tetanus (Lockjaw)Typhoid FeverMalariaBilharziaSleeping sickness (Tryponosom-iasis)RabiesTick Bite feverTetanus / PyphoidHIV/AIDS and venereal infectionsThere are Clinics and Hospitals if you need any.If you feel like you have flu or symptoms of flu on your return - notify your doctor.

  • Hippos

    In Kasane we met two hippos. You can see one of them. Hippos are the most dangerous animals in Namibia and in Botswana. They kill many people.

  • Wild Animals

    The greatest dangers in national parks are usually the facts, that visitors do not obey the rules set up! Never get out of your vehicle and never confront wild animals.The animals in the Chobe National Park ARE wild animals, so watch out!!!

  • Beware the lone buffalo

    One of the most dangerous animals in Afica is the Cape Buffalo. In a herd they will probably turn and move away from almost anything. But older males who leave the herd and wander around solo are often very bad tempered and vicious. We were on a walking safari , but when one of our guides spotted fresh tracks of a lone buffalo he immmediately took...

  • Don't drink the Okavango Delta water -...

    While on a tour through the Okavango Delta, our guide told us in advance that we can drink the water in the Delta. Although we were skeptic, we didn't want to pay for or carry 10L of water in, so most of just drank the water in the delta. Maybe it was safe (luckily some of us carried water purifying tablets and shared that with others), but it...

  • An Expensive Habit to Form

    We were the only people we met, until our last day when we met a family from NYC (with a daughter in the Peace Corps in Namibia), who were first timers. All the rest seem to have formed an addiction to safari. It is unlike anything we'd ever done, and far and above exceeded our expectations. Without the intercontinental airfare, I estimate we spent...

  • 4x4's only in National parks

    Do not attempt Botswana's national park with a normal vehicle. Only 4x4's will get you through the adventure.

  • Getting money

    If you go in the northern part of Botswana (Okavango and Chobe), do not rely on ATM to get money. Bring USD or travellers cheques and exchange money at a bank. Once you find a bank, make sure you exchange enough money to get to the next big town you'll visit. There's lots of towns that are showing on a map but many are very small villages and have...

  • Buffalo

    Cats are not the most dangerous animals, beware of buffalo and hippopotamo.Actually the most dangerous animal at all is "human being"!

  • Need more protection from animals than...

    I didn't feel in danger like when I was in the city in South Africa. But we did get plenty of warnings from rangers about animals at night. Just remember that this isn't a zoo - and the animals behave especially different at night towards man. Don't try to feed the monkeys in your camp - they're wild. Ranger said there'd been recent tramplings (of...

  • Be Careful

    The camps are all open and you can get animals wandering around them. Obey the signs. At Duma Tau camp we found Lion tracks over the top of our footprints after only a hour or so in camp.

  • Beware the hippos!

    Hippos have a sweet image, so soft and fat. They don't seem as harmful and dangerous as lions or elephants, but in fact most of the animal attacks in Africa are caused by hippos. This animals have a very strict territorial sense, so if you come close to them by boat, they consider you are attacking them and they "defend" themselves by attacking the...

  • Oddballs camping trip

    Oddballs luxury lodge is a complete rip-off. At something like 100 US Dollars a night it is outrageously expensive. Tinned food, you sleep on a mattress on the floor. The mokoro trip is less than an hour. You have to buy your own drinking water. Need I go on ?

  • Hippo's

    Hippo's are the most dangerous animals in Africa. If you invate their territory they will atack. With there big solid teeth lots of attacks are fatal. So if you are in a boat watch out. Preferably take a guide who knows the area.At night hippo's come on land to feed. Never place yourself between a hippo and the water. The hippo will feel threatened...

  • Beware of the hippos. One...

    Beware of the hippos. One week prior to our arrival, a hippo bit through a Mokoro boat, and pierced a man's arm in half.

  • Malaria's the biggie here....

    Malaria's the biggie here. Don't be afraid of the lions (well obviously be fairly careful!) be afraid of the mozzies. Cover up in the evenings AND wear bug spray AND take tablets. Also, watch out for water buffalo and hippos, as they are the top other two animals to get yourself killed by. Don't EVER get between them and water or their young, or...

  • Just thought of another...

    Just thought of another danger! When I was a kid, my dad and I went to a watering hole to get some water to clean our landrover. An antelope was calmly drinking just 30 metres away from us, when a croc leapt out of the water and dragged it under. They are a lot faster, stronger and harder to see than you would ever think. You bin warned!!

  • Botswana is expensive. For...

    Botswana is expensive. For example, we had to stop at the airport to change vehicles on our way to Bots. My friend went in to get some ice cream for the kids and it was about $2 for a Drumstick (normally about $1 U.S.; I'm sure it would have been much less in Zim) Be sure and pack warm things for the morning game drives if you go in their winter...

  • Never get out of your car when...

    Never get out of your car when you are in the's a DEADLY risk. Wildlife and heat can kill.The Tse Tse fly is present in some parts of Botswana but I personally did not have any problem with this danger (in case you don't know, this fly caused 'sleeping illness')

  • When dealing with anyone in an...

    When dealing with anyone in an 'official' position be very polite, compliment their beautiful country, and do not appear to be in any kind of a hurry. It is very important to have all the necessary paperwork, in quadruplicate if possible. This is a land of beaurocrats who are capable of inventing a piece of paper that you cannot possibly have, and...

  • the rivers and swamps of the...

    the rivers and swamps of the Okavango are home to thousands of Crocodiles and Hippos. The last ones can be very dangerous if you get into their territory. Make sure your guide in the Makoro boat tour has a rifle just for any case.

  • beware the lions, they may...

    beware the lions, they may look cuddly to you, but to them you look like a Mc'dsKeep a campfile lit all night and use tents with build in ground sheets

  • Beware the wildlife. It is...

    Beware the wildlife. It is wild and will not treat you civilly. Snakes, lions, elephants, hippos, rhino, scorpions, crocodiles, leopards, and buffallo are very real dangers.Make sure you know where you are going as roads, water and fuel are sparse and the sun is fierce.


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