4x4 Hire Botswana
About Botswana and your 4x4 Hire
Famous for its spectacular natural beauty, amazing wildlife and rich lineage to early African anthropology and culture makes Botswana a must for all African safari enthusiasts. If you’re planning a Botswana 4x4 self-drive safari, there really is no better option then Drive South Africa. We have all the best contacts and sales representatives to make sure you will be driving around Botswana in style in one our extensive range of 4x4’s.
Whether it’s exploring the savannas and rolling fields of wildlife or embracing the wetlands of the Okavango Delta you’ll never have to worry about getting around on your next Botswana adventure.
Best time to visit
It would seem most if not all will be adventuring to Botswana for the reasons of experiencing its 3 most popular wildlife destinations which are undeniably The Okavango Delta, The Moremi game reserve and the Chobe National Park. If wildlife and clear skies are what you’re looking for then May until September will be the best time to experience these areas. This is during the winter months and also when the country experiences little to no rain. This means navigating the amazing 4x4 trails on offer will be a breeze.
Around the area
Botswana has a world of great natural places to experiences and a lot of the country is geared around this when it comes to tourism. However Botswana is also has a rich cultural heritage linked to some of the earliest lineage of civilization. If you find yourself in Gaborone and you need a break from safari drives in your comfortable 4x4 hire from Drive South Africa check out the 3 chiefs Statue which pays homage to the 3 chiefs instrumental in the country's independence. Tsodilo Hills is for anyone fascinated by ancient rock paintings the Tuli Block is considered a great place to be spot wildlife from certain vantage points and has aptly been titled ‘The land of the giants’.
Although Botswana is a small country, infrastructure is quite limited so hiring a 4x4 in Botswana is the optimal way of experiencing this great natural wonderland which has become a sought after safari destination. The terrain in Botswana is challenging and there are many great places to drive your hired 4x4. What’s also nice about having your own vehicle is that you aren’t limited to anyone else’s schedule and this will allow you to explore certain areas which might not be possible without one.
Length of stay
If you had to spend 3 nights in the 3 main wildlife areas and 2 in the capital just to get your bearings that would be a minimum of 11 days in total, however one has to add a few days for travel if you opting to drive yourself in your ideal 4x4 from the reputable Drive South Africa, then you will need to add another 2 or 3 days to your trip just to make allowances for travel time and stopovers. That brings your trip to just over 2 weeks. This is quite a rushed experience and it would be better to make your trip at least 3 weeks to be able to experience all the amazing sights and sounds of Botswana. 4x4 hire Botswana is simple, but due to the remote locations, you would often have to pick the vehcile up in a city first.
What to pack
Make sure you don’t forget any of the necessary paperwork as some of the lodges you will be visiting won’t be close to urban areas, make spare copies of your documents. Some sort of waterproof clothing especially for The Okavango Delta region. Unfortunately Botswana is a malaria zone so malaria medication and a strong repellent are advisable. If game drives is one of your main focuses then make sure you pack neutral clothing that won’t expose you to animals. Make sure you pack a few warm items as well as items for the warm weather as conditions will vary especially if you are going on early morning or night time safaris. Other worthwhile items on any safari include a camera, binoculars and plenty of spare batteries and memory cards.
Where to stay
The Okavango Delta
There are a number of luxury camps and lodges situated almost within the Okavango Delta itself. However there are also a number of other accommodation facilities situated in the nearby town of Maun if you wish to explore a little more than just the delta. Amazing for 4x4 trip, but make sure to hire appropriately.
Moremi Game Reserve
This is also an area famous for its abundance of luxury tented camps, which are so well prepared for the wild that you’ll actually think that you are in a fully-fledged hotel or lodge. Notable places to stay include the Abu Camp and Moremi River crossing camp, which is considered an optimal wildlife viewing area.
Chobe National Park
Chobe Park really has an abundance of world class accommodation facilities to stay at from 5 star lodges and hotels to luxury tented camps. There is really a world of options when visiting the majestic Chobe National Park.
This is the capital of the country and if you’re there for the wildlife there is a good chance you might skip the capital, however if you are passing through, the city is definitely up and coming and with this, there is a world of both up market hotels, guest houses and lodges to choose from.
Why hire your Botswana 4x4 with Drive South Africa?
Drive South Africa offers fully equipped Botswana 4x4 hire, complete with camping and safari equipment. The equipment provided for 4x4 hire Botswana vehicles covers all basic requirements for off-road excursions from African wildlife safaris to camping and off road safaris. Please see our 4x4 Camping and Safari Equipment page for details of what fully equipped vehicles carry and be sure to get some Botswana travel advice before you go.
Botswana 4x4 rental cars offer insurance packages designed to cover the rental vehicle, these options extend to fully equipped 4x4s when applicable:
- 4x4 Standard Cover Insurance
- 4x4 Medium cover Insurance
- 4x4 Super Cover Insurance
- 4x4 Zero Insurance Excess
Drive South Africa's online 4x4 hire booking system lets you obtain quotes on vehicle hire and compare 4x4 hire Botswana prices, helping you find the best value and cheap 4x4 rental prices.
We specialise in Botswana 4x4 hire and look forward to putting you behind the wheel of a off-road rental vehicle tailored for your needs and your Botswana holiday.
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Is self driving safe in Botswana?
Botswana self-driving is safe, but always be aware of the animals wandering onto the roads. Botswana drives on the left hand side of the road. Also the roads are well marked and written in English. During the wet season the conditions of the roads can deteriorate quickly.
Can I cross rivers with a 4x4 vehicle?
Crossing through water with a 4x4 vehicle should be done with care. A general rule of thumb is to not try to cross any water source that is deeper than half the wheel.
When crossing a river, always take a look at the terrain around you and walk in the river before trying to cross it. If you can’t walk or stand in the river, find a different place to cross. Drowning a 4x4 is negligence, and won’t be covered by your vehicle insurance.
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South Africa experiences many great days of sunshine, hence there is a world of places to experience great sunsets if you are traveling to the country, including roof top hangouts, hiking trails and the top of mountain passes.
When is the best time to visit the Karoo National Park?
The Karoo National Park is best visited during late winter, spring and autumn, as the summer months can be uncomfortably warm.
Are there hiking trails and treks in South Africa offering decent accommodation in-between trails?
South Africa has the option of doing slack packing hikes where hiking or trekking is designed around finishing at various camps, hotels or resorts after each day. This takes off the strain of carrying heavy bags and setting up tents after each day.
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