How to use this guide

This guide cov­ers the north­ern part of Botswana, the Zam­bezi Re­gion in Namibia (for­merly the Caprivi Strip) and Vic­to­ria Falls from the Zam­bian and Zim­bab­wean sides. Here’s what you should know.

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MAPS

The fo­cus of the guide is on the well-known parks and we have made de­tailed maps of some of the most pop­u­lar regions within those parks. The maps should be used in con­junc­tion with other qual­ity guides and maps, es­pe­cially when driv­ing the 4x4 routes. We rec­om­mend the GPS prod­ucts by Track­s4Africa ( track­s4africa.co.za).

PLACES TO STAY

We’ve listed the best camp­sites – al­ways the most af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tion – plus a se­lec­tion of lodges, self­ca­ter­ing units and other op­tions.

ROUTES

For a clas­sic road trip in north­ern Botswana, turn to page 20. The itin­er­ary is aimed at tourists who want to see most of the high­lights with­out leav­ing the tar roads too far be­hind. There are also 4x4 des­ti­na­tions listed that can be in­cluded in your itin­er­ary.

RATES

Ac­com­mo­da­tion rates and other prices listed in this guide were cor­rect at the time of go­ing to print. We have also in­cluded the rand con­ver­sions, but these might change. Use the rates as a gen­eral guide­line: Al­ways call or e-mail be­fore­hand to check cur­rent rates.

The rates also vary de­pend­ing on the sea­son. In Botswana, winter is con­sid­ered peak sea­son so sum­mer rates will be lower. When you book ac­com­mo­da­tion, make sure to men­tion you’re South African – SADC res­i­dents of­ten get a dis­count.

MONEY

The rand is equal in value to the Namib­ian dol­lar and you can use rands any­where in Namibia. In Botswana, only pula is ac­cepted. In Zim­babwe and Zambia you’ll need US dol­lars. Al­ways carry cash with you – many shops and fill­ing sta­tions don’t ac­cept South African debit and credit cards.

Get US dol­lars from your bank in South Africa be­fore­hand. ATMs in the var­i­ous coun­tries dis­pense the lo­cal cur­rency: pula in Botswana, US dol­lar in Zim and kwacha in Zambia.

Travel with a va­ri­ety of debit and credit cards and re­mem­ber to no­tify your bank that you’ll be us­ing these cards in other coun­tries be­fore you leave.

BOR­DER POSTS

Turn to the map on page 15 where we’ve listed the open­ing times for all the im­por­tant cross­ing points. Want to beat the bor­der blues? Turn to page 16 for some handy tips.

TELE­PHONE NUM­BERS

The in­ter­na­tional di­alling code for each coun­try is in­cluded with each num­ber. If you’re call­ing from South Africa, re­mem­ber to add “00”: Botswana 00 267; Namibia 00 264; Zim­babwe 00 263; Zambia 00 260.

WEB­SITES & E-MAIL AD­DRESSES

Some web­sites re­quire you to type the “www” in the ad­dress bar in or­der for them to work; oth­ers don’t. Some­times we list e-mail ad­dresses in­stead.

GPS CO-OR­DI­NATES

We’ve used the dec­i­mal de­gree for­mat in this guide. Set your GPS to the same for­mat to avoid con­fu­sion. We checked all the co- or­di­nates us­ing Google Earth and there might be small dis­crep­an­cies. Let us know if you pick up an er­ror.

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