Public Transit in Botswana
Trip Start Oct 01, 2004
121Trip End Ongoing
I departed Gabarone at 6am Monday morning for a long memorable bus ride across the country to Maun via Orapa. It took 13hrs, 83 pula and more culture than this Sheltered Canadian girl had ever seen. The bus itself seated about 80 people and on average had 100+ on board. No air conditioning, very little circulated air and 100 sweating people in a tin can under blazing sun that created +37C temperatures. Wow it was toasty but very cheap.
The bus stopped at every single village along the way (not sure why it was the express). Just when you thought you could not fit another soul on board, 3 more came on hahahaha. In Canada it is considered rude to push and shove to get somewhere, in Botswana it is common practice and the ONLY way you will ever survive public transit. Young push old, Men push women and anything goes to get a seat.
I also strongly recommend that you bring your passport and paperwork on board. The bus stopped at every single Foot and Mouth fence and the police searched the bus for illegal immigrants. If your papers are not in order, you will find your self on the side of the road.
After a long ride I am eager to relax at Audi Camp (recommended) and meet up with my friends before I head into the Delta fº