Safety tips for travellers in Botswana
Botswana is a country located in South Africa, possibly the safest country in entire Africa, rich in natural goods and wildlife and bordering with Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Tourism is well developed in Botswana, as a contrast to its neighboring countries, and is somewhat distanced from the racism spreading across Africa.
The level of service in Botswana is considerably better than in its neighboring countries, tourism is the norm (even though the number of tourists is pretty low away from Botswana’s main national parks, which agrees with travelers who hate feeling like tourists).
Hassles are low as well, so traveling to Botswana is a great option for anyone feeling like visiting Africa.
So… How Safe Is Botswana Really?
Good news for travelers – Botswana is one of the safest African countries.
The crime rate is low, even though it has been on the rise during the last couple of years, people are very friendly and the country is slowly acquiring the reputation of a luxury tourist destination.
Street crime is rarely an issue in Botswana, especially towards tourists.Such cases have been reported and people have gotten robbed, but it doesn’t happen very often, so tourists shouldn’t be too worried.
The main areas where you should exercise caution are the country’s capital Gaborone and the tourist capital, Maun, which serves as a gateway to one of Africa’s greatest natural regions and tourist destinations, the Okavango Delta, so be careful in this area.However, you are likely to have no incidents, as tourism is a huge part of the economy and tourists are welcome in the country.
Another issue in Botswana is carjacking and the best way to handle these situations is not to resist or act brave, and of course, try not to drive cars from manufacturers that would be considered highly valuable in Africa, and an attractive target for theft.Cell phone thefts also happen, so be careful when using your cell phone in public, and never leave your valuables (or cell phone) in plain sight.
Tourists traveling to Botswana via South Africa should also be aware that there is a serious baggage theft issue at OR Tambo (Johannesburg) and Cape Town International Airports, so be cautious when you arrive in Botswana.
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