Stay Safe in Botswana
Botswana’s people are extremely kind, and the crime rate is minimal. On this front, there isn’t anything to be concerned about. Nonetheless, crime has been on the increase in recent years, so be cautious of your surroundings at all times. In rural regions, basic common sense will keep you safe from dangerous animals. Botswana is one of Africa’s safest nations, with no civil conflict, less corruption, greater human rights, and no natural catastrophes such as earthquakes or tsunamis.
Drug trafficking carries a mandatory death penalty. This is essential to understand because if you need to bring prescription medicines into Botswana, you will be required to produce a prescription for each pill. Failure to do so will result in the medicine being classed as a drug and, if unreported, death sentence.
Stay Healthy in Botswana
Botswana’s HIV infection rate, estimated at 24.1 percent, is the world’s second highest. Maintain consistent universal precautions while dealing with any body fluid and be mindful of the high risk of infection. Take the necessary safeguards. Wear rubber gloves while treating someone else’s cut, even if it’s a kid, and never have unprotected sex. Before moving forward in a serious relationship, consider getting an HIV test for both of you.
The northern portion of Botswana, including Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, is a malaria zone, therefore appropriate measures should be taken. Before traveling to these regions, get medical advice; vaccinations such as typhoid and hepatitis A+B (if not already immune) are generally advised. Oral vaccines are also recommended for diarrhea and cholera prevention.
The water in metropolitan areas is chlorinated, and the locals drink it from the tap. Short-term tourists, however, should consume bottled water to prevent traveler’s diarrhea. Water outside of metropolitan areas is polluted and should not be used for drinking, making ice cubes, brushing teeth, or eating washed unpeeled fruits and vegetables.