We woke up to rain in Gaborone, had breakfast in the hotel and then proceeded to the nearest fuel station to fill up. I started a friendly conversation with 2 petrol attendants while filling up the Jeep and asked how to get to the A2. They were very friendly and chatty and did not really know the road I referred to which was a bit odd you’d think. Then again, I don’t know most of the street names on the neighbourhood we live in.
Needless to say we got lost and eventually managed to find the road to the A2, which takes us on the Trans-Kalahari Highway, also known as the Trans Kalahari road. Lessons learnt: Make sure you know the names of the provinces for the towns you want to search for on your GPS as this took a bit of time. Also make notes of the border post names and towns on both sides of the two countries you will be entering and leaving as none of the locals in Gaborone knew about the Buitepos border post in Namibia.
We drove in the rain for the most part till we reached Kang where we filled up with diesel again as we were not sure how far the next fuel station would be. What was interesting, as the petrol attendant in Gaborone told me, the locals near Kang actually speak Afrikaans too. We were under the impression that most Botswana citizens only speak mainly English and Setswana.
The road was tarred all the way from Botswana to the border post at Buitepos. It was a boring road with a lot of stray animals like donkeys and cattle with the odd goat here and there.
Getting through the border posts were relatively quick and an official did want to search through the Jeep till he saw all the camping gear and ultimately decided against it.
We proceeded to Zelda Game and Guest Farm (official site still hacked) hoping that we would find a spot there to camp. Upon arriving dead tired we booked a room opting not to camp. The staff were friendly and the services great. We went to see how they fed a porcupine, emu’s and two beautiful leopards. After a well deserved drink we were treated to an awesome dinner and went to bed dead tired.
The people of Botswana is friendly and talkative, the border posts were well run and helpful and we can’t wait to visit Botswana next year.
We drove 800 kilometre from Gaborone to Zelda Game and Guest Farm.