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Botswana is one of the greatest safari destinations in the world. If you're feeling like this is an expression haphazardly given to all the southern African countries, then you wouldn't be wrong. If safari is what you're looking for on a motorhome hire holiday in southern Africa, then you're spoilt beyond all impossible imagination in this part of the world. So what really sets Botswana apart? Like Zambia, you're straying further away from the tourist trail with motorhome hire in Botswana. It is only in Botswana where you'll find more elephants than anywhere else in the world; where you can camp in fenceless campsites, where free roaming big cats are a very real possibility; and where you can touch the edges of the Kalahari desert strong>. Interested? Read on to find out more.
Botswana is a landlocked country, sharing lengthy borders with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Crossing over from any of these countries is relatively simple and will not require a visa. However, if you're planning on taking a supplier's vehicle over any borders, make sure you check with them beforehand about their travel restrictions. Some suppliers prefer that you stick to sealed and tarmacked roads when travelling by motorhome, or on recognised public 4x4 tracks for 4x4 vehicles.
The good thing about Botswana is it's small size, making it a manageable country when travelling long distances. Where you are arriving from should determine your journey route; so if you're coming from South Africa, you may find yourself passing through Botswana's southern capital Gaborone. This is a relatively small capital of 300,000, whose name translates as something like 'it does not fit badly'. Here you can take a pit stop, stock up on fuel and food supplies, and plan your route further.
After Gaborone, a good route can be to head north along the A1 to the beautiful Makgadikgadi Pan strong>, one of the world's largest salt flats. Once the site of an enormous lake, over several thousand years it has dried up leaving an area larger than Switzerland. For most of the year this is an extremely arid landscape, where no animals roams; but thanks to a few years of good rain fall, the two largest pans – Sowa and Ntwetwe – have started attracting wildlife such as zebra and flocks of flamingos. The Pans can be reached by SUV vehicles, but a 4x4 is your best option for greater exploration. Campervan and motorhome sites are located in nearby Francistown and Maun, so you won't have to worry about finding a place to park for the night.
From here, the great Okavango Delta strong> is close-by - one of Africa's most iconic landscapes. Annual floods mixed with the rainy season ensure a constant supply of water and with it, a massive biodiversity of life. The sheer number of animals to be found here far outnumber comparable regions, and you can expect to see everything from the 'big 5' (elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo); to hyenas, giraffes, cheetahs, crocodiles, various species of antelope and monkey; hippos and the endangered wild dog. Explore the region on safari, or better by boat or kayak down one of the Okavango's many tributaries, and marvel at the diversity of flora as well as fauna.
Camping in the great outdoors is one of the highlights for campervan and motorhome hire explorers to Africa. One important piece of information to remember is that many campsites in Botswana are located within national parks and, unlike South Africa and Namibia, are often unfenced. Animal visitors are the norm after sundown and, in certain areas like the Kalahari, are practically guaranteed. They can come in the form of baboons foraging for leftovers; or wild dogs, elephants, and even lions are not uncommon. Campers are therefore advised to take preparatory precautions: such as making sure you are inside your tent or motorhome before sundown, which is when most nocturnal predators start making an appearance; and ensuring that you have enough water and supplies to last a night, as you will not be wanting to go out for any reason when if you hear the at once recognisable roar of a lion.
Step away from the crowd and choose Botswana as part of your motorhome hire tour in Africa with Campanda.