It’s Christmas season again – another last chance to cap the year with a dream come true! Did you make a travel wish which you haven’t fulfilled? Why not take the bold step like I am about to do and use this yuletide to make your wish come true!

Guess what, in a couple of days I’ll be off to Gaborone! Yeah… Charly…it’sa Christmas in Botswana!!! amma gonna cross out dat country from my travel bucket list for real… I was there last summer and the experience was the bomb! Great food, lovely people, nice weather, good facilities…and fine chics…but that was some freaking official duty trip, no time for fun as my boss was literally breathing down my neck every second…that’s why I knew I would go back there again…on a revenge mission…lol..can’t wait!

From my last experience, Gaborone is everything but traditional. No, it’s so much unlike Lagos (Nigeria) – where we wake up every day before even the day itself wakes up. In contrast to the television-projected timeless sense of rural Botswana, the city of Gaborone that I met last summer was seemingly an endless urban sprawl with high rise buildings, shopping malls, swirling night clubs, play parks…and everything that offers you good insights into the pulse of the country.

The beauty of the city to me was that it’s an urban city without all the fast-pace trappings of your typical modern world. The city rolls languidly in its own time, allowing you to take in all its beauty one piece at a time. I asked my friend, Bathusi, why things were like that and he said “… we work hia, without breaking a sweat,” mimicking my Nigerian accent.

He is always so proud of his city! “Gabs is cool ma brada” he says each time we spoke on the phone, and our conversation always ends with him saying “you should come around brada, amma gonna spoil you.” Oh yeah, I am finally taking up that offer this yuletide.

What I am looking forward to the most is the food; yeah, I’m a foodie, and I can’t wait to chow down the variety of steaks, barbecued meats and the famous “slap-pap” – a sorghum porridge locally called bogobe. Last summer, someone told me, “You gonna get fat from too much of it!” I think I can do with some fat right now…lol.

The downside of this trip is likely to be the rain! Bathusi already told me that Christmas period is always within the rainy season. This wet season runs from November to March or April, but it is also a good time to visit the Kalahari National Park…which will be on high demand at this period.

When I asked Bathusi how to prepare for the visit to the Kalahari, he simply threw the question back at me; “brada how you gonna prepare for an unending space with intimidating wildlife and mysterious beauty? If I were you, amma jump in and take it as I see it”, he said.

Visa Tips

For your information, the Botswana tourist visa is not one of the easiest to get, especially if you are an Africa, except you’re a national of Southern Africa countries, Kenya or Tanzania. I recommend that you plan your trip ahead if you need a visa and ensure you collate the required documents and get them certified. It helps if you have a host – even if the host is your tour guide.

It takes between 7 to 14 days to process the visa, but it is advisable to apply well in advance – at least a month. A tourist visa costs 500 Pula, that’s about USD50.

In case you need help…well, you know who to contact…check the details below…see you in January! Cheers!

 

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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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