Botswana car hire

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Top tips for hiring a car in Botswana

  • Botswana is renowned for its incredible wildlife, and having a hire car allows you to go on self-guided game drives. There are many parks and reserves where you can explore the local wildlife, including Chobe National Park, located in the north of Botswana, and Moremi Game Reserve, situated within the Okavango Delta. Here you can spend as much time as you like observing animals in their natural habitat, without being limited by tour group schedules.
  • In urban areas and major towns, you will find well-maintained paved roads. However, when venturing into more rural or remote areas, the roads can be unpaved, gravel or dirt tracks. Some national parks and game reserves may have sandy or rough tracks that require a 4x4 vehicle. You should also keep in mind that the rainy season in Botswana typically runs from November to April. During this time, some roads may become impassable due to flooding or heavy mud. It's essential to check weather conditions and road reports before embarking on your journey, especially if you plan to visit remote areas.
  • When driving in Botswana, it is important to know that all passengers must wear seat belts when travelling in a car. If there are children under the age of five in the vehicle, then they must be seated in a car seat or booster. Riding in the back of a pickup truck is not allowed for children under five. If your car has malfunctioning seat belts, you will be held responsible and could face a fine or imprisonment.
  • When crossing the border in Botswana with a hire car, certain essential documents are required. Firstly, ensure you have a valid passport for identification. As for the vehicle, you'll need the original vehicle registration papers or a certified copy, which can be presented at the border post. It is always recommended to check with your car hire company whether they permit you to take your vehicle out of the country.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Botswana for R464 or less
  • Book your car hire in Botswana at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hire in Botswana are around -94% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Botswana

  • What is the most popular car hire in Botswana?

    Economy (Volkswagen Polo or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Botswana.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Botswana?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • Where should I hire a car in Botswana?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Botswana are Gaborone (69% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Botswana), Francistown (23%) and Kasane (8%).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Botswana?

    On average a car hire in Botswana costs R3 615 per week (R516 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Botswana?

    On average a car hire in Botswana costs R15 495 per month (R516 per day).

  • What is driving like in Botswana?

    Botswana is known for its abundant wildlife, and animals can often be found crossing the roads, especially in and around national parks and reserves. Exercise caution and drive carefully to avoid collisions with animals, particularly at dawn and dusk when wildlife is more active. Moreover, if you plan to explore national parks or remote areas, it's advisable to have some off-road driving experience and ensure you have a well-equipped 4x4 vehicle. Some areas may require navigation skills and adequate preparation for self-guided game drives.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Botswana?

    In Botswana, the minimum age required to hire a car is 18 years. However, keep in mind that the specific age requirements may differ depending on the supplier. Therefore, it is always recommended to check your car hire company’s regulations before booking. For individuals under the age of 25, most car hire companies impose a local fee known as a young driver surcharge. The surcharge amount depends on the company you are hiring from.

  • How are petrol prices in Botswana?

    Typically in Botswana, the petrol price is relatively low, and you can expect to pay around P14.5 (£0.85) per litre and about P55 (£3.25) per gallon during your stay. However, keep in mind that these prices are subject to change, and it’s recommended you check with local sources or reputable websites for the most up-to-date and accurate petrol prices in Botswana.

  • What are the speed limits in Botswana?

    The speed limit within urban areas, towns and cities such as the capital, Gaborone, is generally 60 km/h (37 mph). You will often find speed limit signs posted to indicate this restriction. When driving on rural roads outside urban areas, the speed limit is typically 100 km/h (62 mph). Note that on some well-maintained national roads, the speed limit may be increased to 120 km/h (74 mph), but it is essential to observe the posted speed limit signs.

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The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.