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Go! Botswana Guide
AT THE BORDER
Local advice • We spoke to tourism professionals in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe about the latest Covid-19 regulations for their respective countries. Keep in mind that we went to print in October 2020, and that many of these details might have changed substantially by the time you buy this guide. Always get the latest information.
The realities • Tourism in Botswana suffered hugely during 2020. Some lodges have more resilient financial safety nets, while others are smaller family- or community-run affairs with virtually no financial backup. We spoke to a few people about the realities of closed borders.
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE
Botswana – in South Africa! • A holiday in Botswana means a lot of time spent on the road. This short section lists our recommended places to stay on the South African side of the border, whether you’re looking for a stopover on your journey further north, or a taste of Botswana without having to pay for anything in pula.
ACCOMMODATION • A holiday in Botswana means you’ll be driving long distances. You might have to sleep over somewhere near the South Africa-Botswana border on your way north, or when you return home.
Land of lions • Most of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park lies across the border in Botswana. This part of the park is for 4x4 enthusiasts only, and for those who don’t mind neighbours who roar all night long…
HOW THE PARK WORKS
Soul country • Just as Covid-19 began to make a mess of 2020, Vic Ives and Steph Perrin set off for one of the most isolated, wildest parks in the world: the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
ESSENTIAL PACK LIST
How Vic and Steph planned their trip • How do you organise a self-drive tour of southern Africa when you live in Australia? It helps to have some local connections!
ACCOMMODATION CENTRAL BOTSWANA
Where the wild dogs are • Have you ever dreamt of living and working in the wilderness? That’s exactly what wild dog researcher Megan Claase signed up for!
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Namibia, Zambia & Zimbabwe
The wild, wild strip • Namibia’s Kavango East Region and the adjoining Zambezi Region (once known as the Caprivi Strip) offer one of the wildest yet most accessible and affordable holidays you will ever enjoy.
Hydro heaven! • Whether you base yourself in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or live it up in Livingstone in Zambia, there are all sorts of ways to enjoy the water beyond just gaping at the glorious waterfall. Here’s how to make a splash on your next holiday to the mighty Zambezi.
From bush to coral coast • Experience game viewing in the Kruger Park as well as Mozambique’s palm-studded coastline on this amazing journey with Bhejane 4x4 Adventures.
Botswana, Okavango Delta, Caprivi, Chobe and Vic Falls
BOTSWANA AT ITS BEST