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Driving information Botswana

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving tips Botswana

General Information
Botswana is an exotic country that offers beautiful scenery and wild animal life. Hire a car in Gaborone in the southeast and visit national parks in Botswana or cross the border into South Africa for a visit in the nearby city of Pretoria. Please remember to bring extra fuel since there are great distances between petrol stations. If you plan on driving far always bring a satellite phone.

To rent a car, you must be at least 18 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. You English license works fine. For drivers under the age of 22 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. 

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Botswana are:

  • Town and city: 60 km/h
  • Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Botswana you drive on the left side of the road, just like in Ireland. In Botswana it is forbidden to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. A hands free is allowed. When driving on the countryside be aware of any animals blocking the road.

Many petrol stations open 08:00 to 20:00. Some stations in remote areas sometimes run out of fuel. Be sure to refill your rental car before leaving a city. 

There are a few roads that require a toll. Bring some cash if needed. 

It is possible to park your car on the street. We, however, recommend that you use a secure parking area. Most hotels provide secure parking.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
With a rental car in Botswana you may take your car to certain neighboring countries. Fees will apply and you must give notice at least 3 days in advance. Let us know already when booking your car hire in Botswana, if you plan to cross any national borders.
Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Some international one ways are allowed and big fees are to be paid. 

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