Botswana Country Guide - Information
Amidst the poverty and famine that plague Africa, Botswana stands out as a success story - a land of flourishing soil and exotic diamonds. This is the reason South African mammals migrate to this country, to get their share of nourishment from the country’s very fertile land. And it’s not only the animals that Botswana attracts; wealthy travelers who can afford the high cost of a car rental vacation in Botswana fly into the country, hire a reliable 4WD for rent and explore the vast expanse of Botswana’s roughness. It is the intrepid traveler’s dream to fly into one of the world’s richest diamond sources and indulge in the exhilarating combination of an African safari, upscale hotel accommodation and outlandish cuisine.
Places to See
If you are on a car rental holiday in Botswana, chances are great that you are there for the unique species of animals. To see the best of these African creatures, you would have to remember the best times to visit the country. The best time to visit is between April and November when animals in massive number migrate to the Okavango Delta. It is truly exciting to drive a 4WD rental to the Okavango Delta, the world’s biggest inland delta. Here you shall see black and white rhinoceros, lion, cheetah, warthog, African bush elephant and African buffalo and many more interesting animals. Once you have gotten used to driving a rental 4WD in Botswana, you may choose to drive to the country’s remotest tourist attraction, the Gcwihaba Caves. The Gcwihaba Caves are a showcase of profound beauty, of stalactites and stalagmites that are of enormous size, of flowstones that are so vibrant yet are subtly colored. It is necessary to load up essentials in your 4WD rental as the trip to the caves can take a few days.
Going around Botswana
The public transportation in Botswana is systematized to serve the interest of the locals, where routes are limited to the main roads. However, if you’re traveling to Botswana for vacation, you’re not going there to see the main roads, but to explore its off-beaten tracks where all the excitement is. Hitchhiking is a common practice among the locals and the daring travelers, but there is a great risk associated with it. A true-blue Botswana vacation requires you hire a car rental or better yet, rent a 4WD. The main roads are well-paved, but it gets rocky and bumpy, sometimes even swampy, once you go off-track so renting a 4WD in Botswana is very much encouraged.
From the Airport
The main airport of Botswana is found in its capital city, Gaborone. The Sir Seretse Khama International Airport receives flights from South Africa and Zimbabwe, so if you’re not from either place, you would have to fly to South Africa or Zimbabwe and get on another flight to Botswana. The airport is a mere 15-minute drive north of Gaborone. There are no buses to transport passengers to the city center although a reliable Botswana car hire can be arranged at the car rental companies at the Sir Seretse Khama Airport. You may also request transfers from your hotel.
You may cross over to Namibia to see the Fish River Canyon Park, the world’s second largest canyon.
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