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Driving Information Botswana


Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in Botswana state you must be at least 18 years old and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence. It is recommended to obtain an international drivers licence.

Age Restrictions

To drive in Botswana, you must at least 18 years old (may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year.  Drivers under the age of 22 may incur a young driver surcharge. You will also require an international driver's license.

Driving Distances

  • Gaborone to Francistown - 437kms (4hours/30mins)

  • Maun to Shakawe - 377kms (4hours/45mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Botswana driving information, laws rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Botswana is on the left hand side of the road.

  • Seat belts when driving a car in Botswana are mandatory.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

  • Petrol stations in Botswana open from 8am to 8pm. In the more remote areas it is common for petrol stations to run out of gas. When leaving any main town do ensure you have a full tank of fuel in your hire car.


You may come across a Botswana toll along the main highways. It is a good idea to have some change with you when driving around Gaborone.

Parking Information

You can park your Botswana car hire along the roadside in most places. Do check with your hotel as they may have secure parking that you can use.

One-Way Car Hire

Domestic Botswana one-way car hire is available. If you plan to drive with a Bosnia and Herzegovina car hire you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location but there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier. There are fees for international one-way rentals and not all vehicles are allowed.

When visiting Francistown, it is important that you have looked through some of the above Botswana driving information, rules and regulations to ensure you have the safest possible journey.


Gaborone car hire starting at ú36 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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