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Botswana Car Rental Guide

Hiring a car in Botswana offers travelers unparalleled freedom and flexibility to explore this diverse and enchanting country at their own pace. With vast expanses of wilderness, breathtaking landscapes, and captivating wildlife reserves, having a rental car allows visitors to delve deep into Botswana's natural beauty and cultural heritage. Whether embarking on a safari adventure in the Okavango Delta, traversing the Kalahari Desert, or discovering the vibrant city life of Gaborone and Francistown, a rental car provides the means to unlock unforgettable experiences. With reputable rental agencies offering a variety of vehicles to suit every need and budget, securing transportation is hassle-free, ensuring that every moment of your Botswana journey is filled with exploration and discovery.

Required Documents To Hire A Car:

Valid driver’s license from your home country.
An International Driving Permit (often recommended).
A valid passport.
Credit card for deposits and payments.
Age Restrictions: Most agencies stipulate a minimum age of 23, with a driving experience of at least 2 years.

On the Road: Conditions, Customs, and Tips:
Drive on the Left: Botswana follows the British system; always drive on the left-hand side.

Road Conditions: While primary roads like the A1 are paved and in good condition, many routes, especially in national parks, are sandy or gravelly. It's essential to familiarize oneself with the terrain beforehand.

Traffic: Major towns may see peak traffic during mornings and evenings. However, once outside urban areas, traffic significantly reduces.

Speed Limits:

Towns and Villages: 60 km/h
Open Roads: 80 km/h
Highways: 120 km/h
Parking: Urban areas have designated parking spots, sometimes for a fee. When in the wild, ensure you're not blocking pathways or animal crossings.

Local Driving Customs:
Hooting Etiquette: A brief honk before overtaking on single-lane roads is seen as polite.

Roundabouts: Those already on the roundabout have the right of way.

Animal Crossings: Botswana roads often see animals crossing. A common sign is the silhouette of an elephant, indicating possible elephant crossings.

Safety & Recommendations:
Night Driving: Limit night driving, especially outside towns, due to limited street lighting and the potential of animal crossings.

Fueling Up: Gas stations can be sparse in remote areas. Keep your tank filled, and carry extra fuel when venturing into the wild.

Car Type and Weather: A 4x4 is recommended, especially if you plan to explore national parks like the Okavango Delta or the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Weather can influence road conditions, especially during the rainy season (November to April), where some roads might be impassable.

Popular Driving Routes:

Francistown to Maun: A gateway to the Okavango Delta.
Maun to Kasane: Driving through the heart of Chobe National Park.
Gaborone to Tsabong: Experience the beauty of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Local Sim Card: Having a local sim card ensures you stay connected and can access navigation tools.

Botswana is an enchanting destination, and the freedom of a self-drive journey allows one to immerse in its beauty thoroughly. While the experience is rewarding, it's crucial to be prepared and aware of local customs and road conditions. 

Our rental rates include collision damage waiver, theft waiver, insurance and taxes. As well as those we also include unlimited mileage and breakdown assistance in the unlikely event you were to suffer a breakdown or mechanical problem.

Cheapest car hire in Botswana

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.58 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 270.07 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.58 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 270.07 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.58 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 270.07 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.58 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo Vivo

7 Days rental at 193.11 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.58 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo Vivo

7 Days rental at 193.11 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.58 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo Vivo

7 Days rental at 193.11 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 82.11 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 574.77 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 82.11 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 574.77 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 82.11 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 574.77 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Quest

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 44.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Quest

7 Days rental at 311.70 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Quest

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 44.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Quest

7 Days rental at 311.70 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Quest

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 44.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Quest

7 Days rental at 311.70 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Botswana

  • Book in Advance: Secure your rental car well in advance, especially during peak travel seasons, to ensure availability and secure the best rates.

  • Check Insurance Coverage: Review the insurance options offered by rental agencies carefully to understand what is included and consider purchasing additional coverage for peace of mind, especially for driving in remote areas.

  • Inspect the Vehicle: Before driving off, thoroughly inspect the rental car for any existing damages and ensure that all essential features like lights, brakes, and tires are in good working condition.

    Respect Wildlife and Regulations: When exploring wildlife areas, adhere to speed limits and regulations to protect both the environment and the animals. Always maintain a safe distance from wildlife and refrain from feeding or approaching them.

    ​Botswana is one of the safest countries in Africa, renting a car here shouldn’t be discounted

  • Stay Informed about Road Conditions: Stay informed about road conditions, especially if venturing off the beaten path, as some routes may require a 4x4 vehicle or may be impassable during certain seasons.

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road in Botswana, although many roads outside of the city are single track
 

Popular car hire destinations in Botswana

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Botswana

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    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    30kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    60-100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    BWP  12.09/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    BWP

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    18

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Car rental agent statistics in Botswana

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    5.5/10
    Highest rated agent:
    HERTZ
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    5.5/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    HERTZ
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    24
    Total number of reviews in
    Botswana
  • Most Locations Icon
    4
    Most Locations in Botswana:
    HERTZ
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    15
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    4
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Botswana

ItemPercent
January€ 80
February€ 74
March€ 71
April€ 74
May€ 88
June€ 95
July€ 89
August€ 83
September€ 88
October€ 93
November€ 89
December€ 87
ItemPercent
January€ 44
February€ 48
March€ 48
April€ 50
May€ 52
June€ 51
July€ 53
August€ 48
September€ 48
October€ 51
November€ 49
December€ 45
ItemPercent
January€ 131
February€ 125
March€ 127
April€ 129
May€ 133
June€ 145
July€ 139
August€ 141
September€ 135
October€ 137
November€ 133
December€ 134
ItemPercent
January€ 66
February€ 72
March€ 74
April€ 72
May€ 73
June€ 80
July€ 69
August€ 78
September€ 72
October€ 78
November€ 71
December€ 68
ItemPercent
January€ 89
February€ 90
March€ 91
April€ 109
May€ 101
June€ 123
July€ 120
August€ 121
September€ 109
October€ 111
November€ 108
December€ 108
ItemPercent
January€ 109
February€ 97
March€ 98
April€ 98
May€ 116
June€ 120
July€ 116
August€ 108
September€ 114
October€ 117
November€ 110
December€ 109
ItemPercent
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Botswana

DieselUnleaded
Feb , 2023

€ 1.12

€ 0.98

Mar , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.04

Apr , 2023

€ 1.13

€ 1.02

May , 2023

€ 1.11

€ 1.00

Jun , 2023

€ 1.11

€ 1.00

Jul , 2023

€ 0.94

€ 0.98

Aug , 2023

€ 0.94

€ 0.98

Sep , 2023

€ 1.13

€ 1.09

Oct , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.10

Nov , 2023

€ 1.18

€ 1.11

Dec , 2023

€ 1.16

€ 1.03

Jan , 2024

€ 1.15

€ 1.02

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jan , 2024 1.15 1.02
Dec , 2023 1.16 1.03
Nov , 2023 1.18 1.11
Oct , 2023 1.15 1.10
Sep , 2023 1.13 1.09
Aug , 2023 0.94 0.98
Jul , 2023 0.94 0.98
Jun , 2023 1.11 1.00
May , 2023 1.11 1.00
Apr , 2023 1.13 1.02
Mar , 2023 1.15 1.04
Feb , 2023 1.12 0.98

Car rental price statistics in Botswana

  • Average Price Icon
    € 193.06
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 145.16
    Highest daily price:
    Volkswagen Kombi
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    38
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    8
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Corolla Quest
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    11
    Location with most cars:
    Gaborone - Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 27.6 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AVIS - Maun - Airport
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