TRIP DE­TAILS

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - READER ADVENTURE -

Fuel

We filled up in: Cape Town, Beau­fort West, Kim­ber­ley, Gaborone, Fran­cis­town, Bu­l­awayo, Chin­hoyi, Karoyi x 2 (ap­proach­ing Mana and re­turn­ing from Mana), Vic­to­ria Falls, Kasane and took on 50 litres ex­tra, Maun, Letl­hakane, Gaborone, Lo­batse (just to top up with cheaper fuel), Hopetown and Beau­fort West.

We did a to­tal of 7 935km at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately R12 027 tak­ing con­ver­sion rates into ac­count.

Diesel in Botswana is roughly 25% cheaper than in South Africa de­spite be­ing re­fined in and shipped through South Africa to ar­eas gen­er­ally fur­ther north than any­where in South Africa.

In Zim­babwe, the cost would be much the same as in South Africa, but as they tend to work on an ex­change rate of R15/$ when the ac­tual ex­change rate was around R13/US$ when we were there. In the end it worked out to be about 14% more ex­pen­sive than in South Africa.

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