Botswana vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you going on holiday in Botswana? Please read our travel advice to learn how to best prepare for your trip. We recommend vaccinations for Botswana, even though in most cases these are not mandatory. Which specific vaccinations you require, is dependent on the duration of your holiday and the places you plan to visit in this stunningly beautiful country.

Botswana, which lies in Southern Africa, neighbours South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and other countries. The natural scenery of Botswana is dominated by deserts and semi-deserts – of which the vast Kalahari Desert is undoubtedly the most famous. In winter, Botswana is fairly hot and dry, whereas in summer temperatures are tropical and chances of rainfall increase. The Kalahari Desert is one of the main attractions of the country. This mineral-rich desert consists largely of red sand and counts no less than eight wildlife parks with a variety of wildlife, including lions. If you prefer less arid places, you can travel to the Okavango Delta, a wetland environment that attracts many lions, elephants and hippos. Other highlights include the Victoria Falls in the north and the sand dunes in Kgalagardi Transfrontier Park. Whatever way you spend your holiday, always be aware of the risk of catching (tropical) diseases, and protect yourself against the strong sun and mosquitoes. Malaria occurs in Botswana. Our KLM Health Services experts gladly tell you what vaccinations you require for your trip to Botswana and happily provide advice on what else you can do to reduce health risks during your stay. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Botswana vaccinations: the most common risks

In Botswana, various (tropical) diseases occur to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in Botswana and read which specific vaccinations you require.


In this country Chikungunya is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.


In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.


Vaccination against DTP is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against hepatitis B depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.


In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.


Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.


Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


In this country Schistosomiasis is prevalent. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.


Vaccination against tuberculosis depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Yellow Fever - possibly compulsory

In this country Yellow Fever is not prevalent. However, when you’re traveling FROM a Yellow fever area vaccination can be COMPULSORY. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

Zika virus

In this country Zika virus is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

A healthy trip to Botswana: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Botswana as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Botswana? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Botswana vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Botswana? Please feel free to contact us and send an email to You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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