dated:- 5th February 2020
Patrick Penstone who has spent a lifetime in the Safari business as a guide, mobile safari operator, and Lodge owner lives in Maun with his wife Heather and runs the Waterfront B&B lodge in Maun. (Book through bookings.com) He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Botswana and a keen ear for what is happening on the ground. He also runs the security radio net for residents and his guests update him constantly with news about road conditions in the National parks.
Drivers report that 3rd bridge was not usable at the moment, but this is unconfirmed, Chobe is having very heavy rain right now, and there is a wash away at the main entrance.
Tourists are getting stuck in some of the rainwater mud holes in Moremi, as well as the water crossing at 1st bridge.
There have been reports of localised flooding due to heavy rains
We are experiencing widespread torrential rains right now, so plenty of large rain puddles in all the roads to and in, the parks. From now onwards these holes become very soft with heavy traffic making them deeper, so self-drives should avoid going through if there is an alternative track around. Where there is no alternative, it is always safer to drive through the water rather than through mud.
Also, check the soil colour, if the puddle is in white sand, it is generally safe to drive through. If the water is in dark(black) cotton soil, be very careful!
CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES $
Bwp: £ rate currently £1 = Bw p 14.09 mid rate
Bwp USD rate currently $1 = Bw p 10.77 mid rate
FUEL FOOD & SHOPPING
Fuel is plentiful everywhere in the country but not available in the parks between Maun and Kasane
BORDER CROSSINGS, & TIP
Temporary Import Permit (TIP)
When you arrive at the borders you will be issued with a TIP if you are in a foreign-registered vehicle (outside the SADAC region)
FOREIGN OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE
The latest and most up to date FCO Travel Advice for Botswana is here:-
Botswana Tourist Office http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/
3rd party insurance: Issued at the border