Botswana Car Hire, Transport, Roads, Trains and Taxis

Botswana Transport

Car hire services

Hiring a vehicle, particularly 4W-D, will permit you the freedom to discover some of safaris in Botswana‘s most gorgeous wilderness areas. To take on a vehicle in Botswana, you must be in carrying a valid International Drivers license, or a home drivers license provided that the details are in English (one may use their home drivers license for a period of 6 months). There are a few rent-a-car companies in Botswana


All Botswana’s inhabited centers are connected by highways and very great tarmac roads. Other areas are being urbanized and road-tarring projects are moving ahead at a record pace. Off chief routes, the roads range from good, high-speed gravel to deep, rutted sand.

As in the majority of other southern African countries, driving is on the left side of the road. The national speed limit on tarred roads is 120km/h, while going into towns and villages the speed limit is 60km/h, even in the absence of a sign. Seat belt use is necessary, as is evidence of no-fault insurance.

There is a are numerous of passenger transport companies in Botswana which provide services throughout the country. Some of them are Motlogelwa, JNG, Mahube and Seabelo Express. They provide daily routes from Gaborone to: Selebi-Phikwe, Palapye, Mahalapye, Serowe, Francistown, Ghanzi, Tshabong, Hukuntsi, Orapa, Lobatse, Maun, Kasane, Ramotswa, and other routes.


Botswana Railways has one of Africa’s few air-conditioned passenger rail services, with a number of passenger accommodations from luxury private sleeper compartments on the overnight train to the recent well-serviced economy class on the day train. All coach classes are air conditioned and served with dining amenities, running water and toilets. Season tickets are obtainable for normal travelers.

All services are done on a consistent time schedule to make sure that travelers in all classes are on time.

* Daily services between Francistown – Gaborone and Gaborone – Lobatse.

* Gaborone – Francistown for P15.00 (around USD 3) one-way.

* Monday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday departing both Gaborone and Francistown at 10:00 am.

* Friday departures at 08:00 and 14:30.

* Night services between Lobatse and Francistown.


All vehicles licensed to take passengers can be quickly be identified by their number plates, which contain blue backgrounds. Taxis take to 5 passengers at a time. If on the other hand you would desire not to share a taxi with other passengers, at an extra fee, this can be prepared with the taxi driver. Tourists interested in safaris in Botswana can hire cars at a reasonable cost.

Should you necessitate a taxi to pick you up from a particular location a number of privately managed taxi companies are present. Their contact telephone numbers can be got in the telephone directory.


The mini-buses (Combis) are in service in towns. Each mini-bus will travel a certain route; usually a circular journey and a good number of them at some point go through the mall or the station. Basing on the direction you want to take, you will require picking up a mini-bus traveling along that route. Mini-buses can be waved down next to the road and you request from the driver to stop when you wish to get off.

The area has some mini-buses that service between Gaborone and South Africa. They often leave the main bus station.

Transport from the airports to and fro, Botswana flights, car hire.

The transport connecting Gaborone, Francistown and Selebi-Phikwe and their particular airports is serviced by mini buses, 01 by AVIS or other rent-a-car agencies, as well as, mini-buses from big hotels for their guests. Taxi service is also present on phone call.