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General but important questions

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General but important questions

Just wonder about the followings, hope someone can advise, when traveling around Botswana,

1) How are credit cards ( Visa / Master ) being accepted?

2) How convertible are the money to/from Rand, are there any exchange controls, can we convert unsed money back into foreign currency?

3) How is access to internet? Availability of WiFi, or mobile 3G?

4) Which carrier would be recommended for mobile tel as well as data 3G?

5) How available are ATMs to draw cash from foreign accounts ?

cheers

Maun, Botswana
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1. Re: General but important questions

1) Visa / MasterCard are accepted everywhere

2) Rand can easily be converted to Pula, and there are exchange bureaus in most towns. Changing them back is also quite easy - but it is advisable not to convert too much cash anyway

3) How is access to internet? Availability of WiFi, or mobile 3G? Internet is widely available throughout Botswana using a SIM card - 3G only really available in towns. Be very careful not to use an overseas SIM card as it will be outrageously expensive - buy a local SIM card. WIFI is usually available in Hotels, but limited

4) MASCOM and Orange seem to have the best coverage, but many rural areas are not covered. If you plan to self drive into the rural areas and National Parks you might like to consider renting a satellite phone as well

5) How available are ATMs to draw cash from foreign accounts Possible - but you have to make sure your foreign bank lift any blocks that would normally be in place for security

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2. Re: General but important questions

You missed the most important question:

IS THE BEER COLD??

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3. Re: General but important questions

IS THE BEER COLD?? - Ooops, had one too many last night !

geneva
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4. Re: General but important questions

we found that Visa was THE card to have,,,,couldn't use Mastercard to get cash in many places...same in Mozambique.

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