Rainfall The rainy season in Botswana is from November to April, with a peak in January and February; it varies from +/- 250 mm per annum in the South West to +/- 650 mm in the North East.

Temperatures – summer temperatures {October – December} can go to the maximums of 40oc. Other times Winter temperatures {May to August} in the North are mild {24 oc – 26 oc} but cooler in the South and sometimes drops below the freezing at night.

Distance Chart (km) s

From To Approx. dist. {km} Approx. time {hrs/min}
Maun Khwai +123    +-3 hrs 50 mins
Maun Nata   310    +-4 hrs
Maun Savuti +192        6 hrs
Maun Francistown   486      +6 hrs
Maun Palapye   590        8 hrs
Maun via Palapye Gaborone   852  +-12 hrs
Maun via Ghanzi Gaborone   952  +-11 hrs
Maun Martin’s drift – Mahalapye   690      -9 hrs
Maun via Savuti Kasane   350   +10 hrs
Kasane Savuti   158      -4 hrs
Kasane Khwai   268      -8 hrs
Kasane Ihaha   46      -1 hr
Kasane Linyanti   183      -3 hrs
Kasane Francistown   496     +6 hrs
Khwai Savuti   110      -4 hrs
Khwai Xakanaxa   41      -1 hr
Mabuasehube Maun via Ghanzi   799 +-12 hrs
Maun Ghanzi   285   +-3 hrs
Maun Kang   556     -7 hrs
Nxai Pan Savuti   356     -4 hrs
Savuti Ihaha   133     -4 hrs
Passage Ghanzi   241   -10 hrs
Ghanzi Mabuasehube   541   -10 hrs


Park Entry Fees Payable to Department of Wildlife and National Parks {DWNP}

Adults (18 and above) BWP10.00 BWP30.00 BWP120.00
Children (8 – 17 years) BWP5.00 BWP15.00 BWP60.00
Children under 8 years FREE FREE FREE
Motor Vehicles Under 3500 kg (Private) BWP10.00 BWP50.00
Motor Vehicles 3500kg – 7000 kg (Private) BWP500.00 BWP1,000.00
Motor Vehicles Over 7000kg (Private) BWP800.00 BWP1,500.00

DWNP Basic Rules and Regulations

For the sake of the visitor’s safety and good management of the Parks and Reserves, the following basic rules and regulations should be adhered to:

Gate Hours and Game Drive Hours

March – September   0600 hrs – 1800 hrs October – February    0530 hrs – 1930 hrs

  • No driving or entry will be allowed outside the prescribed hours of parks or reserves.
  • Entry to the parks or reserves is allowed by permits only. These permits are available at Wildlife and Reservations offices in Maun, Gaborone, Gantsi, Kang, Letlhakane, Francistown and Sedudu Gate {Kasane}
  • Visitors are required to register at the entrance gates.
  • Visitors may camp only in designated campsites.
  • Maximum speed limit within the parks or reserves is 40km/h
  • Driving off road id strictly prohibited
  • Removal of flora and fauna is strictly prohibited.
  • Visitors must not harass or feed animals
  • Visitors are required to stay in their vehicles, except in the designated areas.
  • Fire may only be lit in designated fireplaces.
  • No dog, or any other domesticated animals or birds is allowed within the parks or reserves.
  • Firearms and any other form of weapons are strictly prohibited.
  • Visitors may not ride on the racks/top or other exteriors of the vehicle


About Botswana:

Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana: Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens refer to themselves as “Batswana” (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It has held uninterrupted democratic elections since independence. Botswana is flat, and up to 70% is covered by the Kalahari Desert.

It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula, Zambia is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred metres long. A mid-sized country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.

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