Botswana is a very safe country, with little violent crime and only occasional petty theft. What criminal activity there is occurs almost exclusively in the urban centres – Gaborone in particular, and to a lesser extent, Maun and Francistown. Don’t leave your vehicle unlocked, or valuable items visible on car seats. And if you have easily accessible items on external brackets, or a roof rack, then leave someone with the vehicle while you do your shopping

Botswana’s parks are some of Africa’s last truly wild places, with no fences or park officials telling you what to do. Lions, hippos, elephants and other dangerous animals regularly come into campsites, mostly just to sniff around and almost always once you’re already asleep. It’s very important to pack away any food, even dirty dishes, before you head to bed, and to be especially careful if you need the bathroom at night. Make sure you have a powerful torch to survey the area, and stay close to your vehicle at all times.

Hundreds of visitors pass through Botswana’s parks and camps each month so although the animals are wild, they’re still relatively used to humans and tend to avoid contact if they know people are around. Hyenas, honey badgers and monkeys can be a nuisance in campsites, but serious incidents are very rare. Keep your food packed away and don’t wander off into the bush and you shouldn’t have any trouble.