BOTSWANA MEDICAL & HEALTH SERVICES
For general medical care, there are competent medical staff and facilities in Gaborone and other major settlements. However, in smaller towns, medical services are very limited and more sensitive medical conditions may require evacuation to other countries such as South Africa. Furthermore, travelers may not be covered by their medical insurance in Botswana, and therefore need to pay cash in order to receive treatment in many medical facilities. In light of this, visitors are advised to bring their own medication and first-aid kit if possible and to ascertain that their medical insurance coverage applies in Botswana before departing their countries or simply get travel insurance if on safari covering the medical part but also benefit from flights delays, baggage loss, trip curtailments etc.
Proper food and water hygiene may prevent common traveler’s diarrhea. Prophylactic treatment for malaria is advised for travelers to Okavango Delta and other areas. All travelers are recommended to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A, B and typhoid. Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine should be taken while tetanus-diphtheria vaccine should be renewed every decade. Yellow fever vaccine is required for all travelers traveling through or coming from affected areas in Africa.