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SELF-DRIVE VERSUS OVERLAND SAFARI
Botswana is a large country, with great areas largely unpopulated and roads in the wilderness areas can only be accessed via four wheel drive vehicle. Road conditions can be tricky depending on the time of year that you travel – if one is not used to driving in deep sand, which ultimately turns to mud during the rainy season, with some areas experiencing traditional flooding.
Remember that wildlife in Botswana has right of way and you may encounter wild animals regularly as most of the wilderness reserves are unfenced, this is particularly relevant if you want to camp, as your nocturnal ‘loo-time’ wonderings may coincide with nocturnal wildlife wanderings. At camps sites, keep an eye on children, particularly close to waterholes/rivers as Botswana has a thriving crocodile population.
Due to the specialist logistics of a self-drive holiday in Botswana, Intriguing Africa is unable to assist, however we will always offer as much advice as we can to every traveller. Embarking on a self-drive holiday in Botswana requires a good deal of planning and preparation, remember that remote areas may not have petrol stations, or shops, so you will need to factor in a vehicle where you can include additional fuel tanks as well as stock up on food and water – you will need to plan your route carefully to know when to stock up on the essentials. Spare vehicle parts and tools are also recommended in case of breakdowns. Cell phone reception is intermittent and cannot be relied on, and public phones are few and far between. However having said that, the main roads linking the major towns in Botswana are tarred and of a good quality – and Botswana is easily accessed via its neighbouring countries.
Driving is on the left hand side of the road. IF you are on a self-drive itinerary traversing a number of countries, you must carry proof of ownership of your vehicle. Should the owner of the vehicle not be driving, then you must be able to produce a letter of authority along with the registration papers for the vehicle as well as a valid international drivers licence (South African passport holders may use their South African drivers licence in Botswana).
The other option for those looking for a longer ‘adventure’ safari and holiday, is an OVERLAND experience which takes in multi-destinations in Botswana, often combined with other countries as well to form longer itineraries.
OVERLAND adventures are ‘communal’ in the sense that vehicles are shared, along with camp duties. Over landing offers fun and friendly holidays for clients aged between 18 to 30. However overland holidays are not only for younger clientele, the adventure and communal spirit of the tour, suits anyone who is young at heart and therefore a number of overland adventure holidays also cater for clients of all ages, who would enjoy a group overland tour with shared experiences –tours can be camping, and others are accommodated (basic value for money accommodation).
Overland camping holidays is an entirely different ‘way’ to travel – price is value for money. This is also a great holiday option for single travellers as overland holidays are very communal and team orientated. It’s an adventure type holiday, covering multi-destinations and the highlights in a specially rigged or ‘kitted-out’ overland vehicle at an affordable price.
Please get in touch with us should you be interested in an overland vacation in Africa.