Botswana by car. Route from Martin´s Drift (border) to Maun.

3 months road trip in Southern Africa, 
Botswna, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
October - December 2014.

 BORDER SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA AT MARTIN´S DRIFT-GLOBLERSBURG 

We crossed the border in October 2014. You can see the complete information about this border in the specific chapter (menu in the right side).

  FROM MARTIN´S DRIFT TO MAUN  

700 km from the border to Maun. All tarred roads, good, except the first km next to the border and arriving to Maun. Drive carefully as lots of cattle around.
Not too many interesting things on this route. We did it in 2 days, with an overnight in the middle.

Some houses and small villages on the sides of the road, real Africa. Empty country, just a few towns on the way (Palapye, Serowe, Lethakane, Rakops). Keep it in mind for petrol, supermarkets, accommodation, etc., when planning your route.

 
WHERE TO SLEEP ON THE ROUTE - CAMPING
  
 Looking for cheap acomodation, we did a night in LETHAKANE (small town with gas station and supermarket).It´s a mining zone, with diamond mines in Lethakane and Orapa (you see nothing, just artificial hills). 

We slept in Tuuthebe Lodge&campsite (3 km passing Lethakane on the road to Orapa)

Price for Camping site:  80 P /pp (7€). Also rooms (expensive). 
Free wifi. New, very clean.
Note: only campsite in the area, also a few motels around Lethakane.

Other cheap accommodation (with campsite) on the Martin´s Drift to Maun route:
  • Palapye: Itumela Camp (camping around 75P/pp).
  • Palapye to Serowe: Masama Lodge (camping around 65P/pp).
  • North of Serowe: Khama rhino Sanctuary. Camping 85P/pp. Fee: 65P/pp+80P/car. Private reserve with rhinos. We saw many groups there when passing. Check their website.
  • Rakops (north): Rakops River Lodge (camping around 80P/pp).

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