Payment

No, we do not charge any extra fees or fuel surcharges. The listed price is the price you pay. Including tax.

Please contact us to get the latest information on your desired trip.

Preparation

What to Pack for a Botswana Safari (or not)  – Rule of Thumb – Don’t Pack too Much!

The other most frequently asked question. What do I need to pack if I am going on a Botswana Safari?

As a general guideline, comfortable casual wash and wear clothes are recommended.

Muted colors such as stone, khaki, beige or brown are recommended when you are on safari.
Game drives in the early morning and evenings can BE VERY COLD especially in winter so you must pack accordingly.

“BUT WE ARE GOING TO AFRICA- WHY WOULD IT BE COLD?” Trust us, we know!

The key is to dress in layers in the early morning and strip down layer by layer as it gets warmer as the sun rises. Vice versa for evening game drives.

Clothing

Light weight shirts/blouses with long sleeves as protection from the sun and mosquitos
T-shirts
Shorts
Jeans or safari trousers
Pajamas
Socks
Underwear
A light weight water-proof jacket
Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
Comfortable walking sandals or flip flops for warmer days
A wide brimmed hat with an under-chin tie to prevent it from flying away
A warm windproof jacket (winter)
A fleece jacket that will go under the warm jacket (winter)
A warm polo neck shirt (winter)
A beanie (winter)
Gloves (winter)
A warm scarf (winter)

Equipment & Other

Sunglasses
Spare prescription eye glasses/contact lenses
Binoculars
Cameras and related paraphernalia like lenses etc and plenty of memory cards and spare batteries
A small powerful flashlight and extra batteries
A light packable backpack or tote to carry equipment and stuff on game vehicles
A supply of Ziploc bags in different sizes may come in handy for dust or waterproofing cameras, etc.
Chargers for cell phones, iPads, cameras, computers and you may want to invest in  a mini travel charger surge protector with dual USB ports and five charging outlets.

The answer to this question depends on which country you are a citizen of. Visitors to Botswana from most Commonwealth countries (including the UK, Ireland and Canada) and most EU countries, as well as Norway, Switzerland, Israel, South Africa and the United States, need only a valid passport. On arrival, your passport will be stamped with a 30-day Botswana visa. Extensions are available for up to three months. Applications for visas valid for longer than three months must be made directly to the Immigration & Passport Control Office in Gaborone before your departure to Botswana (see contact details, below).
Generally speaking, if you are a citizen of an African, Middle Eastern, or Asian country you will need a visa to enter Botswana, but there are several exceptions so please refer to the following lists:

For those on a safari that combines Botswana with a trip to Zambia to view the Victoria Falls, tourist visas are available at the Botswana-Zambia border. For itineraries that combine Botswana with Namibia, a visa for the latter is not required by citizens of the UK, Ireland, Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

There is no formal requirement for any shots for entry into Botswana.

However, Botswana is a MALARIA area therefore we highly recommend that you do take precautions particularly in the Botswana summer months. Your physician will be able to assist you with a prescription for prophylaxis for malaria prior to your arrival in the malaria-infested area.

To maximize the benefit of inoculations/immunizations we suggest you see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect.

Tips on avoiding Malaria :
Take a prescription antimalarial drug.
Use insect repellent liberally and wear long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites.

Please consult with your physician for recommendations regarding inoculations/immunizations.

Safaris, in general, are very safe. If you listen to the guides and follow their advice, you will be fine.

  • Try not to make sudden moves, you may frighten the animals and they can react in an unpredictable way, running away or becoming aggressive
  • Don’t stand up in the vehicles or put your arms/legs outside
  • Only get out of the vehicle when instructed to do so by your guide
  • Remember to be quiet and not scare the animals
  • When you are in camp, don’t wander about alone outside the camping site,
  • if you have concerns about your own safety, please advise your Guide.

Reservation

CANCELLATION POLICY & FEES: (for validation, written cancellation is required and confirmation cancellation from Crocodile Tears Safaris)

***it is advisable to acquire comprehensive travel insurance (before the commencement of trip) that covers all eventualities including cancellations***

 

REFUNDS ON CANCELLATIONS

*Below percentages are based on the total invoice amount.

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking, otherwise, the booking will be taken as provisional only. The 80 % balance will be due a minimum of 60 days before arrival. Full payment is required if your date of arrival is less than 60 days.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be submitted in writing by email. If a booking is canceled within 60 days before the start of the Safari, Crocodile Tears (PTY) LTD T/A Crocodile Tears Safaris retains the full deposit and in addition a cancellation fee will be charged as follows:

  • Less than 60 days notice 20% of the total costs
  • Less than 30 days notice 100% of the total costs
  • No refund on no-shows, late arrivals, or non-completion of trip

 

Yes. Reservations are required for guaranteed spots on all tours. Reservations help us determine the number of guides we need to ensure that our groups remain manageable and enjoyable, and they allow us to notify you of changes to the tour due to weather or anything that could disturb the tours.

Weather

The weather in Botswana is generally pleasant through the year- warm to hot days, and cool to warm nights. Summer is from November to the end of May and usually brings very high temperatures. This is also the rainy season. Winter days, May to the end of August, are invariable sunny and cool to warm, however, nights can drop below freezing at night, we recommend packing a winter coat, hat and gloves during this time.