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Botswana: A go-to destination for safari

Botswana: A go-to destination for safari

Know Before You Go

When considering a safari holiday in Botswana, one of the first questions asked, “Is It Safe?” advises visitors to exercise “normal” precautions while traveling in Botswana. What this means is that the country has crime, just as other countries; however, travelers frequently lose sight of their surroundings and become targets. It is a good idea to be vigilant about your valuables and yourself, wherever you are.

Go Solo?

While a large number of visitors travel through Botswana as part of a tourist group (highly recommended), others seek the freedom of independent travel. If this is your preference and you plan to drive through the country it is important to note that Botswana is one of 13 left-side drive countries in Africa and that road conditions can be challenging.

The major highways (frequently 2 lanes) offer acceptable driving conditions; however, shoulders for emergency pull-offs may not be available and disabled cars and trucks are often “stuck” in the middle of the road. Animals, vegetation, heavy rains, poor lighting, non-functioning traffic lights and roadside fires, may cause lack of visibility and conceal road hazards.

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