EDS’ LET­TER

go! Botswana - - EDS’ LETTER -

Botswana is a vast coun­try. Our scenic neigh­bour to the north is filled with rugged bushveld, calm waters and sprawl­ing land­scapes, and it of­fers some of the best self-drive hol­i­day op­por­tu­ni­ties in Africa.

This guide will hope­fully in­spire you to travel to Botswana, and once you’ve made the de­ci­sion to go, it will help you plan your trip. If you don’t have many leave days saved up, you don’t have to drive much fur­ther than the south: Des­ti­na­tions like the Tuli Block (page 32) and Khawa in the Kala­hari (page 62) are just a hop and a skip over the bor­der – and they’re awe­some. We also went look­ing for des­ti­na­tions off the tourist trail – places like Nxai Pan and the Boteti River.

A trip to Botswana can eas­ily be ex­panded to in­clude the Zam­bezi Re­gion in Namibia and Vic­to­ria Falls on the Zim­bab­wean or Zam­bian side, so we’ve in­cluded places to stay in those ar­eas, too. If you have the time, try to head to Ka­fue Na­tional Park in Zam­bia as well (page 78).

Don’t buy a fill­ing sta­tion map on the way to the bor­der. The maps in this guide will show you the way. Two dou­ble-spread maps cover Botswana and the ad­ja­cent parts of South Africa, Namibia, Zim­babwe and Zam­bia (pages 12 – 15). Then there are more de­tailed full-page maps of parks like Moremi (page 74), Chobe (page 76) and Nxai Pan (page 61). You don’t want to get lost be­tween Xax­anaxa and Savuti!

See you on the road.

toast@weg.co.za fran­cois.haas­broek@me­dia24.com

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