Spotting the Big 5 in Botswana

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Copy of si zam13 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Elephants feed in the Chobe River, Botswana. Photos: Kate Turkington

Wildlife is one of Botswana's greatest attractions and tourist and locals alike flock to the Chobe River and Okavango Delta region to see the Big 5.

Travellers visiting Botswana are advised to travel with an equipped 4x4 hire option, seeing that one sometimes travel on rough terrain. Another alternative is meeting up with a tour group operator.

Road conditions in Botswana

When travelling deeper into Africa, roads become less accessible. If you are travelling with a sedan rental car it is advisable to stay on national roads, seeing that most of them are tar roads. Like roads in Namibia, national roads in Botswana are fairly good, but when visiting national parks, game reserves and travelling on the gravel roads an equipped 4x4 vehicle is a must.

Be aware of pot holes, elephants, antelope and farm animals when driving in Botswana.

Airports in Botswana mostly have limited car rental fleets available and it is advised to book your travel option well in advance, to ensure you have the right vehicle when travelling through Botswana.

Most important airports

“ Francistown Airport

“ Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone

“ Ghanzi Airport

“ Gumare Airport

“ Hukuntsi Airport

“ Jwaneng Airport

“ Kasane Airport

“ Maun Airport

“ Orapa Airport

“ Selebi-Phikwe Airport

“ Shakawe Airport

“ Sua Pan Airport

You also might want to consult our South Africa Distance chart for more travel information on other destination within South Africa.

Top tourist attractions in Botswana

“ Chobe National Park and Chobe River

“ Okavango Delta

“ Moremi Game Reserve

“ Savuti National Park

“ The Makgadikgadi and Nxai PAN National Park

“ The Central Kalahari Game Reserve

“ Khama Rhino Sanctuary

“ Nata Bird Sanctuary

“ Kazangula Crocodile Farm

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