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Botswana Overland Travel
Botswana is a sprawling African wilderness of savannah, wetlands, deserts and wide open spaces that just beg to be explored by a group of adventurous overlanders. Ideal for nature lovers, seekers of exceptional wildlife experiences and those looking for a true African adventure, Botswana’s parks and reserves like the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve offer a true walk on the wild side.
But Botswana is not all about the Delta; Chobe National Park is home to the biggest elephant population in southern Africa, while the incredible Kalahari Desert stretches off right down to the South African border. With 17% of the country a national park, and the further 20% as a protected wilderness, an overland safari through Botswana is really all about the wildlife.
If you’re overlanding through this wildlife-rich country, make sure you take time to enjoy a mokoro trip, a bird-watching walking safari or a scenic flight over the lush water meadows - there really are a lot of great Botswana activities to make your trip extra special.
Botswana Overland Travel Guide
• Botswana is a land-locked country north of South Africa, south of Zambia and bordered by Namibia and Zimbabwe.
• It is 581 730 sqkm, with the Kalahari Desert covering 84% of the country - a semi-desert of grass and acacia thorn scrub.
• The Okavango River empties into the Kalahari sands from the northwest, creating the largest inland river delta in the world.
• Over 80% of Botswana’s population lives on the eastern borders, particularly around Gaborone and Francistown.
• Botswana is hot and dry, with an annual rainfall of 200-400mm. However, rain tends to be erratic and unpredictable. Pula, meaning rain, is the name of Botswana’s currency, but in contrast to the rainfall, is a steady constant for the economy.
• Winter is from May to August, with nights often reaching freezing. Possibly the best time to travel is in Autumn, between September and October, when the days and nights are pleasant.
• Setswana is Botswana’s national language, but in the more built up areas and national parks, English is spoken widely.
- Most major nationalities do not require a visa to visit Botswana
- If you do need a visa, you can obtain it at the border
- Border posts are clean, air-conditioned and friendly
- Maun offers Internet, well-stocked shops & ice-cold beer!
- Pula is used throughout, but US dollars are accepted
- Embrace the wilderness experience first!
Dont forget to:
- Fly over the Okavango Delta in a small plane
- Watch elephant from a boat on the Chobe River.
- Float through the Delta in a mokoro (dug-out canoe)
- Sleep under the stars in an African Wilderness
- Be a tourist on an African holiday and wear cheap sunglasses in Maun
- Track wild dog in Moremi Game Reserve
- Botswana is land-locked by South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe
- At 581 730 sqkm, Botswana’s Kalahari Desert covers 84% of the country!
- 80% of the population live around Gaborone & Francistown
- Best time to travel is between September and October
- Setswana is Botswana’s national language, but English is spoken widely