Hiring a car in Botswana allows you to fully appreciate and enjoy all that this vast African country has to offer. Whether you are planning to explore the national parks and game reserves with a view to spotting one or more of the Big Five wildlife, or want to visit some of the towns and villages to browse through the beautiful arts and craft, then Rhino can supply you with a hire car to match your budget and requirements.
Rhino does the hard work for you, so you don't have to waste hours trawling through the internet to find the best deal on your car hire. We compare prices from all the main rental suppliers such as Avis, Dollar and Hertz to find you the best deal and price possible. Some of the locations where you can collect your Rhino hire car from include Francistown Airport, Maun Airport, Gabarone Airport and downtown Gabarone.
Botswana Car Hire - Did You Know?
- Botswana used to be the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, but in 1966 it took on its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth.
- In 2010 the population of Botswana was 2,029,307.
- The official language is English although Setswana is also spoken widely across the country.
- Approximately 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari desert.
- A unique dish in the country is called 'seswaa' and consists of heavily salted and mashed-up meat.
Botswana Mini Guide
Much of the western and south-western areas formed part of the Kalahari Desert, a vast area of shifting red and, with some sparse covering of grass and bush. The eastern border zone against South Africa is the most populated area, because the land is fertile and has enough rain to raise livestock and grow crops.
To the north the landscape changes dramatically into the huge Okavango Delta of the Kavango River, fed by waters that rise in neighbouring Angola, and by heavier rainfall. This marshy area is a haven for wildlife, the home of elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, waterbucks, zebras and crocodiles. The delta forms an intricate pattern of channels, with palm covered islands. In good rainy seasons it drains into the vast Makgadikagadi Pans, and when these fill with water there are spectacular parades of flamingos and pelicans.
Mineral resources were the cause of dramatic exploitation in Botswana following it declaring independence in 1966. Diamonds became the major foreign currency earner and copper nickel was also exported. The traditional meat exports were maintained and coal mining added to a temporary economic boom, aided by foreign investment.
The fickle rainfall makes it necessary for families to earn money from activities other than farming - for example, brewing, trading or building.