We left a day early to make our way to the bustling city of Jo’burg and fight our way through endless traffic jams so we could spend a night out on the town and prepare our sanity for the peace and quiet that our upcoming Botswana expedition would bring to our souls…
The next day was a long one as we had to wait around for the boys flight to arrive at OR Tambo which only landed at 20:45pm. From the airport it was an 80km drive to our first stop just outside of the Roodeplaat Dam called Avodah in Havilah. We were warmly welcomed by the owners and their many bouncy dogs and shown to our little farmhouse which had an array of snacks and a bottle of real cows milk in the fridge! Yum!
Day 3 was an early 6am start as we had a long drive to get to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The border crossing at Groblersbrug was quick and easy and having all the correct paperwork for the kids and the expedition vehicles made it a breeze!
The main roads through Botswana are fantastic and the country is very easy to drive through. The police are very friendly and are generally more interested in where you’ll be laying your weary head for the night as opposed to annoying you for paperwork.
We did our shopping in Serowe which has a really well stocked and clean Spar where we were able to buy all of our meat, dairy and fruit from as one isn’t allowed in to bring any over the border.
We arrived at Khama Rhino Sanctuary at about 3:30pm and had a lovely afternoon self drive around the park. The animals are absolutely abundant and the park is very well set out with a good network of roads to explore. We booked into the A frame chalet which is set aside from the other accommodation and has an outdoor bathroom so you can stargaze from the loo and evenings are spent sitting around the campfire with nostalgic candlelit lanterns hanging around you as there is no electricity. Definitely a place to spend some more time there when we return!