Botswana is a land-locked republic in southern Africa covering over half a million sq. kms and with a population of 1.4 million people. The land is dominated by the north-south Southern African Plateau which separates the comparatively fertile and populated eastern grasslands (veld) along the Limpopo River from the Kalahari Desert regions in the west.

The climate has some latitudinal variation with continental extremes but is predominantly subtropical with semi-arid and arid conditions in the south and south-west. Warm winter (April-September) days can alternate with freezing nights but summer (October-March) temperatures can reach 38°C. Most rainfall occurs during the summer months.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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