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    Hi all, please could I have some help with how much cash to take and whether to rely on my bank cards?

    I will be in Botswana for about two weeks driving a Hilux with my girlfriend. We are staying in parks most nights. So I assume will be paying the fees at the gates, unless anyone suggests making a detour to one of the DWP offices. We will be driving up from Joburg.

    would love an estimate for how much Pula to get. The reason I am asking is because we will be using cards from Hong Kong and Dubai and I am just a little concerned that maybe the ATMs will not be compatible or something. All the info I found was in regard to Southern African banks. Does anyone have advise for the best tactic?

    thanks

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    Do't worry, park fees have to be paid in advance for camping with the operators, so you can settle the park entry fees same time with DWNP or at the gate.
    Most towns do have ATM's with free access to cash.
    So are cards accepted at filling stations.
    So make sure you have booked and paid your parks in advance as otherwise you can just do day trips and have to be out before sunset and staying at lodges outside where there is space.

    ATM's are compatible with all cards.
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    I have booked campsites and lodges through the truck rental company but I do believe I still need to pay for the park entrance fees. So I can just do that at the gates if I have the booking confirmation for the campsites?

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    Yes, you can pay for your BWNP entry fees at the gates, as long as you have your campsite vouchers in order. Some (all?)of the gates have credit card faccilities, but don't relly 100% on this - have cash ready in case power or communication lines are down at the time you want to enter. Otherwise, Visa/Masrecard is videly accepted in Botswana, no matter in which country the card was issued from - it's the common system run all over the world.

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    At least carry some Pula in cash. In the week I heard "Sorry, no network" for a P450 deal here in Gaborone. This was after 3 retries on the card machine. "Go and withdraw cash from the ATM around the corner".

    You will have a problem if there is no ATM around the corner.
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