Frequently Asked Questions
Most FAQ from local & international travellers
Border fees are payable in Pula. You can exchange your Rands for Pula at most borders, such as Martins Drift.
Vehicle fees are subject to change, but you can budget around R200 for a single entry pass into Botswana.
These are common control fences used for foot-and-mouth disease control, when necessary. In such an instance travellers are required to disinfect shoes and car wheels before continuing. These checks can range from a friendly smile and wave, to a full A-Z inspection. Fresh (red) meat and citrus are generally major concerns and may be confiscated.
Although there are differing opinions amongst experts, generally;
- Sand & mud: not less than 1 bar
- Graded dirt or gravel roads: 2-2.4 bar
Softer tyres are better for sharp rocks but provide less protection to the wheel rim. If over-spun at pressures lower than 1 bar, the tyre my come off the rim. To get accurate measures it is best to take tyre pressure readings when tyres are cold.
Although credit cards are widely accepted, facilities in remote areas can be unreliable. ATMs may run out of cash so it is best to carry enough for emergencies. Rands are often accepted near the SA border.
All Citizens from Commonwealth countries do not need a visa for entry into Botswana, except Citizens from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, as well as Sri Lanka. Foreign nationals from countries that have signed a ‘Visa Abolition Agreement’ with Botswana also do not need a visa.
However, it is improtant for you to confirm this on your own with the relevant authorities, before you travel. The above information is meant to serve as a guideline only.
Due to new immigration requirements, South Africa and Botswana require children under 18 years to have an unabridged birth certificate. In cases where one or both parent/s are not present, an affidavit for the child to travel across the border will be required from the absent parent/s. Copies of ID documents of absent parent/s are also required. The affidavit must not be older than 3 months.
Please ensure that you verify this information before your trip, by calling the border you intend to go through to check that regulations have not changed.
In the summertime it’s useful to bring thin light-coloured cotton clothing. Synthetic materials and dark colours are significantly warmer and not advisable. Neutral colours are best, specifically those that blend well with the bush, as they are perfect for safaris and game viewing. Even though summers are warm, bring a light jacket or jersey in case of unexpected weather changes.
In the winter, bring some trousers, long- and (a few) short-sleeved shirts, jerseys and jackets. From May to August, nighttime temperatures can fall below freezing. Warm jerseys and jackets are essential, especially on morning and evening game drives.
Regardless of which season you will be visiting, bring some closed, comfortable walking shoes. Also don’t forget your sunglasses, wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, binoculars, a torch, and some insect repellent.
The best season for game-viewing is generally during the dry periods when the animals are concentrated near the water sources such as the rivers and waterholes. These dry seasons are in winter, from May to August, and in spring, from September to October.
During the warm summer months, most game tend to rest during the heat of the day, meaning that early-morning and late-afternoon safaris and game-viewing will be best. Elephants, though, are wide-awake and active in and around the rivers in the hotter hours. The best time to see lions is just after sunrise.
Yes of course, we are open every day of the week and charge a small entry fee for day-visitors. If you would like to come for the day please be sure to call us beforehand so that we can prepare for your visit.
We will always do our best to cater for all our guests. If you would like the restaurant to prepare special meals for you then please let us know prior to your stay so that we can get all the necessary ingredients. Since the lodge is in an isolated area, some time is needed to prepare and make sure we have all the necessary ingredients.