Driving and drivers licenses

Driving and drivers licenses in Botswana

Tips and guidelines for driving a motorhome or 4x4 in Botswana

Basic driving rules in Botswana

Driving is always on the left hand side of the road.

You must have your national or international drivers license on you at all times.

All of the occupants of the vehicle must wear a seat-belt, in the front of the vehicle as well as at the back. Child car seats and booster seats must also be used when necessary.

Driving at night outside of towns is strongly discouraged due to animals that may be in the roads.

The road network consists of tarred main roads and well maintained 4x4 trails.

The speed limit on the main, tarred roads is 80 km/h due to the terrain and climatic conditions.  

The mobile phone network is not reliable, so it is recommended to always travel with extra reserves of water, food and fuel, as well as a first aid kit and a spare tire.

Useful numbers:

  • Police 999
  • Ambulance 997 and 911

(There is not always a response from these numbers and often a long delay)


Be aware that traffic signals differ from vertical to horizontal from one country to another. Pay attention and adjust your driving!

This information is subject to change from time to time. Be sure double check before your trip.


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General Info


Extraordinary country with many campsites and a developed road network.


Avoid driving at night and always spend the night in established campsites.


It is important to reserve your campsite in advance during peak seasons.


For 5 - 6 passengers we recommend booking long in advance.


For certain park and nature reserve roads (except Kruger) a 4x4 vehicle is recommended.