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A self drive holiday to Botswana is a great way to experience Africa's wild side. You can combine your Botswana selfdrive safari with a fly-in or guided transfer to explore the remoter wilderness areas and game parks due to its limited roads and infrastructure.
 
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Please note: the above map is to be used as a reference only. Directions of actual routes should be followed.
 
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Botswana is the real Africa - the major towns are linked with good tarred roads but the wilderness areas are remote and wild, with little or no infrastructure. Most of the attractions are situated in the north around the Okavango Delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Savuti and Chobe National Park. The Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pan National Park is just north of the Central Kalahari National Park - the Kalahari is definitely not a destination to explore on your own. Another authentic wilderness destination is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that combines Botswana and South Africa to form this magnificent wildlife reserve.

Road signs are few and far between in some areas of Botswana, especially in the wildlife reserves and national parks. For example, in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and the Okavango Delta the road systems (small sandy tracks) change yearly as the rising delta and the rain cause the roads to flood and become inaccessible. New roads are then made when the water subsides. Within the national parks there are no road signs (as the elephants are not road sign friendly!) and no infrastructure to replenish food supplies and other necessary items.

A popular option is to drive to Maun (the gateway to the Okavango) or Kasane (close to Chobe) and explore the more remote regions on a guided tour of fly-in safari. This allows you to see places not normally accessible by vehicle. If you decide to venture into the wilder regions on your own, be sure to go prepared. The challenging roads and remote wilderness areas will reward every adventurous traveler with superb wildlife experiences and close-to-nature safaris. See some of our favourite Botswana self drive routes.
 
 
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By choosing a self-drive holiday in Africa you are choosing not just an exhilarating holiday but also an extraordinary and unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Self Drive Africa Rentals has fully equipped 4WD Toyota Landcruiser's and Toyota Hilux's for the most ardent adventure into the magnificent African wilderness and wildlife areas.

We are passionate about the African continent and will assist you through every step of the process, from collecting you at the airport to route planning and helping with bookings.
 
 
Explore Southern Africa on a self drive 4x4 safari! Discover the best of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia in a fully equipped 4WD vehicle, allowing the freedom to visit off-the-beaten-track destinations and attractions.

Travel Adventures Botswana is conveniently based in Maun, the self drive capital of Botswana. This is the ideal starting point for a Botswana safari, be it the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park or the Makgadikgadi. Vehicle drop-off and collection services are also available in Kasane, Gaborone, Windhoek, Victoria Falls, Harare and Livingstone.
 
 
Bushlore lets you experience the ultimate safari vacation in the comfort of a fully equipped 4X4 Safari vehicle. You have the choice of Land Rover Defender 4X4s or Toyota Hilux 4X4 campers to enjoy a self drive safari into some of Africa's most amazing game reserves and wilderness areas. Feel the freedom of an African safari on a campervan self drive safari.

Bushlore Vehicle Rental operates a fleet of 4x4 vehicles, campers and cars for self drive purposes. A self-drive safari is one of the best options to experience Africa on an economical, exciting way. It gives you the flexibility to explore Africa at your own pace.
 
 
 
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recommended camping equipment
Roof tent
- mattress with duvet
- sheet and pillows
Hand wash basin
Table and table cloth
Chairs
Cooler boxes
Gas lamp (with spare mantles)
Rechargeable light
Candle holders
Washing line and pegs
Braai tongs
Cooking grill
Gas cooker
Gas bottles x 2
Cooking gloves
Frying pan
Saucepans
Kettle
Cutlery (knives, forks and spoons) Crockery (dinner plates, side plates and pudding bowls)
Glasses & coffee mugs
Large fork
Kitchen utensils
- bread knife, chopping knife
- serving spoons
- tin opener, bottle opener
- cheese grater
- scissors
- potato peeler
Washing bowls
- washing up brush
- dish cloths
- pan scrubbers
- tea towels
 
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recommended vehicle equipment
High lift jack and bottle jack
Tool kit
Basic first aid kit
Two spare wheels
Awning
Spare tyres x 2 (+ repair kit)
Tow rope and/or winch
Wheel brace
Electric wheel pump
Water containers (2 x 20 ltr)
Diesel containers (Jerry cans)
Roofrack
Fridge/ freezer (40 litres)
220V inverter
Dual battery system
Drawer System for easy packing
Axe
Shovel/ spade
 
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Please note: the above recommended equipment is not exhaustive in any way. Please consult the camping and 4x4 vehicle specialists for advice. If you choose to rent a 4x4, most come with adequate equipment for your Botswana self drive safari into the bush. But keep this list handy to check if they've covered everything.
 
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