15.02.2009 - 16.02.2009 21 °C
An Orange Overland Truck
Landlocked and bordered by South Africa in the south, Namibia in the west and north and Zimbabwe to the east. It also borders Zambia in a tiny north eastern corner, separated by the Zambezi River and probably the world’s shortest international boundary. During my month travelling around Botswana, I ended up crossing borders with all four countries totalling 8 separate border control points (both in and out) and culminating a multitude of passport stamps.
But I first entered Botswana, Africa’s biggest success story, at Martin’s Drift on the Limpopo River in the south east corner, straight from Johannesburg in South Africa. In contrast to Zimbabwe, the country has a high standard of economic stability, education and healthcare, second only to South Africa. There are few roads in the Botswana wilderness so a lot of time and effort is required to enjoy its highlights. Travelling in Botswana isn’t cheap and the safari lodges are mostly exclusive haunts of the wealthy. So, accompanied by Lindsay (friend from home and fellow India rickshaw driver) we armed ourselves with a few hundred Pula, a tent, sunscreen and much needed raincoats, and joined forces with a group of likeminded Aussies travelling on a bright orange overland truck.