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Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
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Botswana has very little crime. The country is safe to visit in our opinion, especially the parks and reserves.
Due to its wildlife, natural beauty and safety record, Botswana is a popular self-drive destination. Khutse is quite remote, and good planning is essential – bring a lot of water, food and plenty of fuel for emergency situations.
To obtain up-to-date information about safety in Botswana, please check the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Botswana’ link below).
Your local doctor or travel clinic will provide advice on recommended vaccinations for visiting Botswana. There are no big health concerns in the country, especially for people on safari. Khutse lies in a no-risk malaria zone, but if you are visiting other parts of the country, particularly in the north, you should consider taking antimalarials.
As long as you take note of the park’s regulations, wildlife viewing is very safe.
When doing an activity, such as a walking safari or game drive, you should always listen to the instructions of the guide. When on a self-drive safari you should stay inside your vehicle, unless in an area designated for getting out.
For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.