Botswana Transportation

  • One of the planes
    One of the planes
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  • View of the Delta
    View of the Delta
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  • A passenger getting off of our boat to Botswana
    A passenger getting off of our boat to...
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Botswana Transportation

  • Small Airplanes

    Most of the lodges in the Okavango Delta are way back in the Delta. Most have or share their own landing fields. A flight from the small city of Maun to Pom Pom took about 30 minutes. By truck, assuming the delta was not flooded, this trip would have taken over four hours. The plane was well maintained and the pilot was excellent. Fortunately the...

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  • Crossing elephants

    In Botswana they have special traffic signs as warning for crossing elephants. When we saw these signs we were very keen to spot elephants.We saw a lot of elephants in the countryside, but by conincidence not at the places where we saw these signs.

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  • DRIVE ON THE LEFT

    Ok. Yes I am stating the obvious. You have to drive on the left in Botswana. Botswana has a huge array of paved roads that are well maintained. If you have never driven on the left before, you need to be very careful. You will rarely meet a vehicle on the Trans-Kalahari Highway, but you do not want to meet it head on at high speed. Traffic in the...

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  • SEAT BELT LAW

    Seat belt use in cars is mandatory by law in Botswana. The Tourist Board explains this as use of seat belts being proof of no-fault insurance. I am not sure of their logic, but you really should have a belt on at all times. The Police are almost never seen on the roads so the chances of a fine are virtually nil. The important thing is that you will...

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  • WATER IN YOUR CAR

    A lot of Botswana is desert, semi-desert or just deserted. There can be some seriously long distances between towns with shops. Also if you have a breakdown with a car, you could be out in the hot sun all day waiting. Its just a good idea to carry water with you. You will be surprised how quickly it goes. I recommend that you carry 20 litres with...

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  • Veterinary Disease Control Zones

    Across Botswana you will come across Veterinary Disease Control Barriers while you are driving. They are all well marked so you can slow down – except near Nata in the North East. The control points are to manage the movement of livestock to prevent the spread of Foot & Mouth disease which can lead to the destruction of whole herds. Theses...

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  • HAVE A GOOD BREAKDOWN SERVICE

    It is cheaper to rent vehicles from local companies than the big international rental companies. If you do decide to do this (I did), please ask what provisions are made for breakdowns and accidents. Botswana has lots of haphazard wildlife who are quite easily big enough to destroy your vehicle. They will run in and across the road or just sit...

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  • Kazungala Ferry Border Botswana-Zambia

    Kazungula Ferry Border Post is open from 06:00 - 18:00 hours. For more information, visit http://www.botswana-tourism.gov.bw/entry_req/border_posts.htmlWhat you won't read on the provided website is how to deal with the people at the border. See my Zambia page for a detailed description that will get you through the chaos intact and with most of...

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  • Mamuno-Trans Kalahari Botswana-Namibia

    The city of Mamuno is the closest city to the border with Namibia on this route, and is called the Trans Kalahari Border Post. It is open from 07:00 - 24:00 hours. Visit http://www.botswana-tourism.gov.bw/entry_req/border_posts.html for more information.

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  • move around Botswana!

    air and road communications between Botswana and neighbouring states are good . Most international flights are via johanesburg in south Africa, harare in Zimbabwe or Lusaka in Zambia. There is a number of passenger transport companies in Botswana which offer services throughout the country. Some of them are Motlogelwa, JNG, Mahube and Seabelo...

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  • Getting there though Jo'burg

    The best way to get to Chobe National Park is via an excursion from your hotel in Victoria Falls. The park is about 2 hours from Vic Falls. To get to Vic Falls, we flew from London to Johannsburgh, South Africa and then to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We then booked a van to take us from Zimbabwe to the Zambia side where we stayed on the Victoria...

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  • THIS is offroading!

    Your game drives will be in heavy, HEAVY duty off-road vehicles. Don't try this at home! As we tore offroad to find a herd of water buffalo at Sandibe, Steve gave my hand a squeeze and said "This is FUN!" You might notice the rifle on the dash -- our guide at Sandibe, Boyce is one of very few guides licensed to carry a firearm in Botswana. We felt...

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  • Mokoro

    You cannot say that you visited the Okavango delta if you didn't experience it from the water side in the mokoro - the traditional means of transport in the Delta. Mokoro is a long dung out canoe-type boat. It used to be made of ebony or sausage tree known for its straight and long trunk. Since the mokoro lasts just five years and the trees take...

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  • DO NOT DRIVE AT NIGHT !

    If you want to drive around and see the beauty of Botswana, get a very very early start. You should never drive at night. You can find the following in the road –day or night: Elephants, dogs, goats, people, ostriches, boars, mules, cows, giant moths, horses, metal gates and vultures. This is challenging in broad daylight. None of the things listed...

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  • Night driving

    What can I say? Unless you have to DON'T DO IT! And, try to get to accommodation before the sun goes down. It goes down very fast and then - good luck in the pitch dark trying to find your way... it is no fun especially when you are having to avoid the grey shapes that jump out at you - these can be people (possibly drunk), donkeys, goats,...

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  • Foot & mouth

    At all borders you will have to get out of your car and wipe your feet on the designated mat. You will also have to drive your car/vehicle through the foot & mouth swash pit before you are allowed entry.Your car may be inspected to see if there is anything "dirty" you are trying to import, such as drums with leather.Foot and mouth could be...

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  • of borders, pens & paperwork!

    To take the car across the border you must have all the necessary paperwork. If it is a hire car you will need chassis numbers, engine numbers, registration numbers, letters of authority blah blah blah... and do take a note of the colour of your vehicle... ours was actually silver but by the time we concluded our trip... the colour under all that...

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  • The truck driver

    A south-African truck driver was stuck at the customs on Ngoma border, and had not enough money to drive into Botswana with his truck. And I was stuck at the border without transportation. I paid the customs the extra 200 Pula for his truck and joined him to Kasane. It was a nice ride through the Chobe National park, and he stopped the truck so I...

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  • Road from Nata to Kasane

    If you are driving from Maun to Kasane, try to avoid going through Nata, which may mean you need to drive through Chobe Reserve. Basically, the road Nata - Kasane is full of craters (not potholes even). Big trucks run up and down it as well, and many of them, trying to avoid the potholes, resort to driving next to the road, and sink into the deep...

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  • 4x4 Driving/camping

    Taking a 4x4 with a tent on the roof is a novel and reasonably priced way to travel around Botswana.You basically take your home with you and have a car to cope with the terrain. Travelling around Botswana is really not doable in a regular car if you want to visit the game reserves and some of the lodges. During September the roads are incredibly...

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  • TRANS-KALAHARI HIGHWAY

    Need to get across southern Botswana? The Trans-Kalahari Highway is a modern paved road across the desert. You can drive across the country in the better part of a day. The speed limit is 120 kph (74.5 mph), but who cares? There are no Police out here. You do need to be careful though. ONLY drive during the day and set off at sunrise if you can....

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  • Birds

    When you drive in Botswana, you have to watch out for bird. They are, seemingly, not used to cars, and don't understand that multi-ton solid object will put a definite end to their being. They may bother getting out of the way, but watch out for them- they're big enough to put a crack in your windshield, and they don't always fly away from the car...

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  • Driving In Botswana

    Botswana is a beautiful country. The roads aren't perfect, but the major ones are paved. The problems with driving in Botswana are much the same as South Africa, in that it takes a bit of nerve, but overall it's not so bad. If you do drive in Botswana, I suggest springing for an SUV or a car with four-wheel drive. The ground clearance will be nice,...

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  • Self-Drive camping-equipped Landrover in...

    Safari Drive (www.safaridrive.com) supplied us with a camping-equipped Landrover. The vehicle itself was like a magnificent white Rhino, a Landrover Defender, it was built like it was prepared for anything, high up off the ground, with enormous wheels and tyres, it gave us a really nice reassuring feeling, it was our haven.• The equipment that came...

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  • Botswana by car

    Botswana has good tarmac roads on the following routes: running from south to north from Lobatse to Francistown up to Ramokgwebana and from Lobatse to Jwaneng; running from Francistown to Kazungula via Nata. There are over 2500km (1500 miles) of bitumised roads in the country. Others are either gravel or sand tracks. Visitors should be careful as...

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  • Botswana by air

    Major areas of the country are linked by air. There are airports in Francistown, Ghanzi, Jwaneny, Kasane, Maun, Pont Drift and Selebi-Phikwe. Many visitors use charter companies based in Maun to fly to the various lodges in Botswana. These include Delta Air, Mack Air, Moremi Air Services, Northern Air, Sefofane and Wildlife Helicopters. Kalahari...

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  • Botswana by train

    There are only connections inside the country,The main railway line runs between Ramatlhabama and Francistown. Work on upgrading and extending the rail network continues. In Botswana, children under seven travel free and children aged seven to 11 pay half fare.

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  • You need 3 hours boat journey

    Where are a lot of crocodiles and hypos you couldn't swim but around you just water and water. Is beautiful wies with papirus reed and water lilies. When the water is becames to shallow you can change your boat to mocoros what the local people move with long staff. It is silent and very romantic.

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  • Getting to and from the Okavango

    I flew to and from Oddballs Camp from Maun on a four-seater plane. We landed on a dirt airstrip right next to the camp, dodging an elephant that was standing on one end of the runway (I am not making this up!)

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  • Air Travel or Drive?

    For those of us who live far far away from the African countryside flying there is about the only quick way to get there. If you plan a trip to Botswana, I would suggest saving your money and flying into Johannesburg and using the amount you have saved on a rental car which you pick up there. Most major rental car companies are located at the JNB...

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  • Buses are scary!

    If coming from outside of Africa then flying is the only feasible way of getting here, if within Africa, then either flying or you can travel overland with a tour company, or there are several trains that connect with Windhoek and Jo'Burg.The local buses are scary to say the least. It is probably best to organize a tour in, say, Maun which can then...

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  • By Road

    The main access roads are tarred. You can drive with a normal car but not everywhere. We went up till Maun and hired a 4x4 from there. The roads vary between a lot of sand and clayey - especially in the rain season.Regular bus transportation is available to all the main towns and cities.Watch out for wild animals, donkeys and cattle - I will not...

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  • BY AIR

    Flights from Johannesburg via Gaborone to MaunKasane & Tuli BlockFlights from Windhoek & HarareScheduled flights - Europe & Africa 2 GaboroneAirlines in GABORONEAir Botswana, Air France, British Airways, South African Airways, Sir Seretse Khama AirportAirlines in MAUNAir Botswana

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  • A full car

    In Africa the places in the cars are always full. In a van like this more than 12 people can be. I did this picture to show how we travelled.

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  • 4 borders in 1

    The end of Botswana around Kasane you can find 4 borders. That is why we went on the wrong way. And we lost. When I asked a guy where we are. We were in Angola. We didn't want to go to Angola.

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  • Checkpoint

    One thing, what I never saw before this checkpoints. On a checkpoint like this you see many policeman and woman. And they stop you. This checkpoints are between regions. Sometimes you just have to show your passport, somethimes you have to empty all your bag.

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  • On the way by bus

    Almost all the time we were totally alone with white skin on the buses. In botswana people don't stareing like people do in Namibia, if you are a white person.

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  • Bus station

    We did long-long way by bus. On the way you can see lot's of interesting thing. You can see a bus station right now on the picture.

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  • Getting there though Jo'burg

    The best way to get to Chobe National Park is via an excursion from your hotel in Victoria Falls. The park is about 2 hours from Vic Falls. To get to Vic Falls, we fly from London to Johannsburgh, South Africa and then connected to land in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We then booked a

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  • Botswana - Zambia ferry crossing

    didnt catch the ferry across to kazungula, just sat and watched it arrive. Looked like a very interesting little journey. Looking foward to checkijng it out next time i'm in the area.

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  • Between Camps you should fly

    Little flights of 20 to 45 minutes, sometimes you have to stop to pick up or let off a passenger or supply, but these little planes are the best way between camps (consider it's a 5 hour drive from Maun to Nxabega for the guy who delivers petrol, over primative roads at best.) I'm not afraid of little planes. I taught my two kids to drive -- now...

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  • Backs of Trucks

    Quite often, hitching is the only way to go from one place to another. This was a pretty common view for me.

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  • Fly into/out of where you want to go.

    There are major highways - and you get a good view of the land, and also get impromptu animal surprises (e.g. Elephant crossings)... but use a plane to get into and out of the area. Fly into Limpopo Valley Airfield for that region. I've also been told, best way is to fly to the Delta. Also, 4x4 would be recommended if you choose to drive... the...

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  • Go Wild, truck

    For our trip and game drives in the Moremi Wild Reserve and the Chobe National Park we had an arranged truck of Go Wild.The base of ''Go Wild'' is Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane.

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  • Inner Okavango Delta by plane

    The easiest and quickest way to visit the Inner Delta is by plane. From Maun it is a 20 minute flight. If you book a camp, transport will be arranged by the camp (road, boat or air).Air transfer (one way) to Odd Ball's Camp was 80 pula (=20 euro).

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