Travelling to Botswana


Are you a South African thinking about travelling to Botswana? Lelobu Safaris gives you all the information you need to start planning your trip!



South African passport holders resident in South Africa do not require a visa to visit Botswana. However, should you be traveling with an emergency travel document, other than your South African passport, you will require a visa to enter Botswana.



Botswana is in the Common Customs Area with South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho. Vehicles and personal effects such as jewellery, clothes, binoculars, cameras and camping equipment may be imported temporarily into countries within the Common Customs Area without formality.

Drivers of South African-registered cars crossing South African borders must carry and present a certified copy of vehicle registration/vehicle licence papers at the border posts. If the car is being financed, the driver must present a certified letter from the bank giving authorisation to take the vehicle across the border, and must indicate dates of travel.

We would advise getting to the border posts as early in the day as possible, so that should you have a customs hitch, there will be sufficient time to sort it out and to carry on to reach your destination.


Transportation of meat and animal products:

Only food for immediate personal use may be imported into Botswana. The importation of dairy products is limited to three-dozen eggs and two litres of milk per person. Importation of raw meat is prohibited.



The currency of Botswana is the Pula (notes) and Thebe (coins). One Pula is 100 thebe. Botswana is not part of the Common Monetary Area and, consequently, currency of South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland is not legal tender in Botswana.


When you get quoted for a trip in Botswana, most travel agencies and tour operators will quote you in US$. To avoid the awful Dollar-Rand exchange rate look for companies that quote in Botswana Pula.

For instance, Lelobu Safaris has created tours on scheduled dates over Botswana’s peak season in July, August and September. Our mobile camping safari from Maun to Kasane and vice versa, covering Moremi and Savuti can be done on a fully catered basis for Botswana Pula 8,100.00 per person for the five-day trip. While camping trips to the Chobe from Kasane for three days cost just Botswana Pula 4,100.00 per person and fully catered three day mokoro trips into the Okavango Delta go for Botswana Pula 3,750.00 per person.

Make the most of your Botswana safari by doing some pre-planning and you’ll have the adventure of your life!