Into Botswana across the Caprivi Strip
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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
We move East across the Caprivi strip – the tiny slice of Namibia that cuts between Angola to the North and Botswana to the South. At night we wild camp, during the day we spot hippos on rivers and have to slow on the highway for elephants crossing.
The border into Botswana is extremely civilized and straightforward. On the Namibia side we’re stamped out and my Road Tax is cancelled before we move on a couple of clicks to the Botswana side.
After being stamped in for a month I move over and pay Botswana’s entry fees for the Jeep. A “road permit”, “road fund” and state insurance, for a total of 321P (about $32 USD). After all is said and done the guy is a little shocked to hear I don’t have a Carnet (the international customs document). I can tell he is tired and though he says I can get one for free for 30 days, it’s clear he can’t be bothered writing it out.
That’s perfect for me, because I can’t be bothered waiting for him to write it out, so I just head on my may without one.
Maybe I’m getting lax about all this paperwork stuff!
After 3,538 miles in Namibia, it’s time for Botswana, African country number 19!