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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.