I wish to visit Francistown on my 11-15 days tour to Botswana. I am travelling with my spouse. I am interested in Mountains, Nature and Wildlife. I am looking for deluxe hotel. Where I can find Chinese, Indian, Continental and Italian food on my trip. I need help with food.

asked on 07 Sep 2015
Suki Grobler
South Africa
Interest: Nature, Mountains, Wild Life
Ridhima
Travel Expert
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Hi
Botswana is a nice country to view at least once in a life, especially for the wild life lovers. It is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta are the ultimate home for many different type of luxury animals, based on climates. Travellers will gain experience of bird life, hippos, crocodiles, lions, leopard and rhinos (black / white), and many more.

Basic Travelling Details

(Source: travfotos)
You will have flight and driving option to reach Gaboron from Pretoria. Best is driving option. It will take 4 hours as the distance is 380 km through the Mahikeng. Flight will take near about 7 hours to reach Gaboron. Ticket price will be between $550 and $700.
 
In the Botswana, you will get option for own driving. In that case you will need a driving guide. Please view this next paragraph for driving guide. You should have international driving license to get 90 days driving option for free. And then you will need to extend the license. Botswana Authority gives these licences. Rules are given below:
 
1. Your speed should be limited. Some animals may take the rest on the road this is one of the reasons to lower your speed because high speed may cause of harm to you as well as the animals.
 
2. Off-road driving is really very hard.
 
3. Should be alert during driving and should keep backup of tires.
  
4. Should keep store all things that you will require, including food, fuel, map, etc. 
 
5. Should keep arms too but licensed. 
 
6. Should take one guide from the Gaborone city to travel. 

Time Difference

There is no time difference between Pretoria and Botswana. There also has no currency difference between them.

Day 1 – 3: Gaborone

(Source: Gaborone Central)
Gaboron is the capital of Botswana. The Gaboron airport is an international airport. And your journey will start from here. There you will have many options for hotels. According to me the best is Gaborone Sun hotel located in the heart of the city, just 20 min distance from Gaborone international airport.

Mokolodi Nature Reserve

(Source: Raymond June)
Mokolodi Nature Reserve is an unexpected entertainment. Great achievement of safari and viewing different kinds of antelopes, monkeys, birds, etc. It is a very pleasant green park in the middle of this city. You may arrange a picnic with spouse.

Gaborone Game Reserve

(Source: Ian N. White)
You will need to stay a few months to enjoy properly the Gaborone Game Reserve. You will miss the place when you are here and also after you left the place. I will suggest to full enjoy and not to dream for whole when you are here.

Day 4 – 6: Maun

(Source: jonrawlinson)
Flights and Bus routes available from Gaborone to Maun. The flight will be available at 7:20 am, 12:00 am, and 1:00 pm from Gaborone to Maun. You will reach Maun at 5am next day if you start your journey at 7pm from Gaborone by Bus or Train. Many deluxe hotels with different facilities are available. Also many camps like Crocodile Camp will provide proper environment as hotel facilities. The warm beauty of Thamakalane River, and the Sunrise / set scene are really attractive.

Okavango Delta

(Source: dominik.kreutz)
It is a nice place for the real bush. Very different activities are offered by the camp. A lot of wildlife is visible surrounds the Delta and like Water kudu. Around sceneries are beautiful, and a visit to the Delta is should be done. You should stay at Moremi Xakanaxa, then at Moremi Khwai (North gate), then at Sawuti in Chobe then in Kasani for a lodge which is outside of Chobe.
 
The Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is residing within 1 mile of Wildlife Educational Park. Some hotels provide Indian, and continental cuisine. But Chinese, and Italian cuisine will be provided by all camps.

Day 7: Francistown

(Source: Shiraz Chakera)
This town is good for accommodation in good range whether it is in the town or around the town. This town is 492 km road distance from Maun and 433 km from Gaborone.  You will get bus service from Gaborone as well as Maun. But the thing is this; Buses will run after a full seat of passengers. The best time to start journey at 9 am from Gaborone or Maun. It else you will get flight service from Maun available. Chinese, and Italian cuisine will be provided by all hotels.

Day 8 – 13: Kasane

(Source: Julien Lagarde)
You will need to cross 490 km distance from Francistown to Kasane. You will get many Hotels and camp here to stay. Domestic flight service is also available from Maun. It’s taking an hour to arrive as it dispatch from Maun at 9:30am and arrives at 10:30am in Kasane.

Chobe national Park

(Source: Shelby PDX)
This is an amazing place to enjoy wildlife. One best game is viewing the evening river safari. Obviously you will enjoy the elephant swimming across to an island. It else hippos, impala, buffalo, water-buck, giraffe, kudu, etc. will be visible here. You also can enjoy the crocodiles and eagles. You will get 15 commercial safari vehicles for every private 4WD. Chinese, and Italian cuisine will be provided by all hotels.

Savute Reserve

(Source: brainstorm1984)
Less than two nights is not enough to watch how lions are enjoying their kill. The terrain will very different from the Okavango Delta and Moremi. The Savaute channel flowing, bring useful water to the area.
  
I know you are interested only with deluxe hotel. There many deluxe hotels are available like The Old House, Mowana Lodge, Kwalape Safari Lodge, Bridgetown Resort, Kasane Self Catering, Chobe Safari Lodge, Thebe River Lodge, Water Lily Lodge, Chobe Marina Lodge, The Garden Lodge, Kubu Lodge and Chobe Chilwero. Some hotels provide Indian, and continental cuisine. But Chinese, and Italian cuisine will be provided by all hotels.

Day 14 – 15: Kalahari

(Source: cursedthing)
Kang is a key place of the Kalahari. There is an 1164 km distance between Kang and Kasane. I will suggest using flight only for this distance because your tour duration is only maximum 15 days.
 
Kalahari is across southern sections of Botswana beside the South Africa, and Namibia. It connects Johannesburg to Namibia by 1362km of road distance. There is also another tar road available from Johannesburg to Maun and the distance is more or less 1243km… this road will not be feasible for food, fuel as well as accommodation and also journey is not recommended at night because of the wildlife. So planning is required carefully.

Edo' s C&

(Source: justin)
This place should not be missed. You will like to stay here longer than one day. You will gain a nice experience that you never achieved. You will feel that everyone in the lodge is your family member. And you are sitting beside the wildlife with all of them.
 

I hope the destinations mentioned, according to your interest will lead to a memorable trip. I wish you return with the most exciting experience and memories of your life.

 

Wishing you an amazing trip!

 

Ridhima Arora


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