The Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB) exists to
promote, encourage and police excellence in hospitality and tourism in
It is HATAB's role to ensure that all visitors, both from within and from
outside Botswana, enjoy consistently high standards of service from the
entire hospitality and tourism industry.
The Association is an umbrella organization representing all sectors of
the industry. Privately established and funded, it is the governing body
for all its members. more
The Republic of Botswana is a multi-party democracy.
It became independent on 30 September 1966. It has an executive President
as Head of State. The National Assembly elects the President for a term
of five years.
Botswana is roughly the size of France or Texas. Its surface area is 581,730
sq km. It is entirely landlocked, bordered by its neighbours South Africa,
Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The total population estimated for 2006 is 1.85 million growing at a rate
of 3.5% per annum.
GMT plus 2 hours
Summer-December to March. High temperatures average 30C to 35C with lows
around 18C and rain particularly in December and February.
Winter-June to August. Daytime temperatures around 23C with night-time
lows averaging 5C.
Visitors from the European Union as well as most Commonwealth countries
and the USA do not require visas.
The Pula is divided into 100 thebe. Notes are P100, P50, P20 and P10.
Coins are P5,P2,P1 and thebe 50t, 25t, 10t, and 5t
ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ's)
ARE THERE ANY DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM OVERSEAS?
Currently there are no direct flights from overseas. Botswana is accessed
through Johannesburg in South Africa, Windhoek in Namibia and Harare in
Zimbabwe. Flights from these destinations to the main tourist towns take
about one and half hour.
ARE THERE ANY HEALTH HAZARDS?
Botswana’s warm, dry climate and low population density make it
a healthy place to visit. It is advisable to take anti-malaria precautions,
especially if you are visiting Chobe or the Okavango Delta. The camps
and lodges in these areas usually provide mosquito repellants.
ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS AT LODGES?
Most do not have age restrictions, but some do. It is advisable to check
before booking. If they do, it is likely they will not accept children
below twelve years of age.