McKenzie Bookings & 4x4 Hire is a friendly, family-run business, operating from the heart of Maun, Botswana.

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The logistics of planning a holiday in Botswana can be daunting, but this is definitely something we would love to help you with! We are here to help you experience amazing Botswana and all it has to offer.

McKenzie Bookings & 4x4 Hire offers visitors a chance to explore the splendour of Botswana, the only way it should be explored - off the beaten track. Our team have become experts in putting together your dream itinerary by nurturing a good working relationship with the various campsite offices and the DWNP Reservations office for all the National Parks.

We assist visitors with all their booking arrangements, including: scenic flight bookings, mokoro trips, boat cruises and bookings for Moremi Game Reserve; Chobe National Park; Central Kalahari Game Reserve; Nxai & Makgadikgadi Pans National Parks; Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park; Kubu Island; Khama Rhino Sanctuary; Tsodilo Hills; Shakawe and all other lodges and campsites inside & outside the parks, as well as any other accommodation situated in Botswana.

Contact us with your proposed itinerary, including your travelling dates, starting and finishing point, and we'll tailor an itinerary to suits your needs and budget.

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Vehicle hire

McKenzie 4x4 Hire, hire out both fully equipped vehicles (BWP2000.00 per day) and unequipped vehicles (BWP 1500.00 per day) for self-drive adventures in the Okavango Delta and the vast landscapes of Botswana.

All of our vehicles are Botswana-registered and are owned and operated by McKenzie Bookings & 4x4 Hire. Our fully equipped 4x4 vehicles for hire are equipped with all the necessary camping and off-road travel equipment you would need. Our affordable self-drive rates are inclusive of Insurance, Unlimited kilometres & McKenzie 4x4 in-country vehicle support and breakdown services.

Should your trip start or end somewhere other than Maun, McKenzie 4x4 Hire will arrange delivery and collection of vehicles throughout Botswana, including Gaborone, Francistown, Kasane (Relocation fees on request).

Our fleet of 4x4 vehicles consists of Nissan Hardbodies and they are all double cabs, 2.5L turbo diesels.

The equipment includes:

  • Roof Top Tents
  • Sleeping Bags or Duvets (& Blankets in Winter)
  • Table & Chairs
  • 2 x Gas Bottles with Cooker Tops
  • Sand Mats
  • Air Compressor
  • Basic Tool Kit
  • Long Range Fuel Tank
  • Satellite Phone
  • Pillows & Pillowcases
  • Mattresses
  • Crockery & Cutlery
  • Hi-Lift Jack & Spade
  • 40 Litre Fridge/Freezer
  • 2 x Spare wheels
  • Tow Rope
  • 40Ltr Water Tank/20Ltr Water Container
  • GPS with Latest Tracks4Africa

Additional Equipment on request: Ground Tents, Mattresses, Extra Jerry & Water containers.
We have a minimum rental of 5 days in season, April to November and a minimum rental of 3 days out of season, December to March.
When calculating the number of days, the day of collection is counted as day one of the rental regardless of collection time. The day of return is counted as the final day.
We require a 20% deposit to secure the booking.
We give the vehicle to you full of fuel and it must be returned full. All vehicles have 2 fuel tanks, giving you 140l of fuel and 2 batteries which allow for the fridge to run on a separate battery.
We require a credit card in order to complete your vehicle hire booking and hold a reserve of P15,000.00, until the vehicle is returned. If all is in order the full amount is refunded back into the same credit card used.

If any damage is done to the vehicle, or it is not refueled completely or any Equipment is damaged & lost or the Satellite phone was used for personal calls – the same credit card will charged accordingly.

The Excess on our Insurance is P15,000.00.

Please read our Terms & Conditions for any further information.

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Child with meerkats at Planet Baobab
McKenzie 4x4 vehicle crossing Third Bridge in Moremi during wet season

Road conditions –December 2017

We have had a few scattered showers of rain in late November and December so far. No Major thunder storms yet. A few puddles here and there, but no road closures yet or any drama’s.


Shorobe to South Gate

From Shorobe to Mawana Vet fence the road was graded in November but is corrugated already and bumpy. Mawana Vet Fence to South Gate is bumpy with some hidden holes and a few small puddles here and there.

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village

Not much change here. Still have a water detour before Mababe village, although some people are now driving through the small water crossing.

South Gate to 3rd Bridge

Not Much change here, the detours aren’t in use any more, a little sandy and a few muddy puddles starting after a few small showers. The Bodumatau road is open and makes for a scenic detour, although long to 4th Bridge.

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa

The main road is fine and bumpy with a couple of small puddles towards the Xakanaxa side.

South Gate to Xakanaxa

Fine and ok, a few puddles but nothing to worry about.

South Gate to Khwai (North Gate)

Bumpy and Dusty. Watch out for speeding vehicles heading your way from Khwai.

Xakanaxa to Khwai

Just before Dombo Hippo Pools you turn right onto the ‘Dry Route’ which bypasses the river crossing.

Khwai to Mababe Gate

The road through Khwai village is dry and one can pass through without problem. From the white concrete bridge to the Mababe gate turn off the road is in pretty good. A few small potholes here and there.


Mababe Gate to Savuti

The Mababe Depression is fine. A few ruts, bumps and puddles but fine to drive through. Most people are using the sand ridge road; it is quite sandy at the moment. Some people are using the Marsh road, they say its Dusty, Bumpy but ok if you take it easy.

Savuti to Kachikau

A few bumps and getting sandy in patches, but fine throughout the route.

Ngoma Gate to Sedudu Gate

Entering at Ngoma is quite Sandy all the way down to the river front. Travelling along the ‘Main Road’ it is mostly fine, gravel, a few rocky patches and sand. The worst of the sand being just after Chobe Game Lodge heading along the ridge towards SeduduValley. Driving along the river routes is fine with sandy patches here and there.


From the tar road the road to the old Nxai Pan gate near South Camp is very corrugated and sandy. It seems some people are not using 4x4 and driving fast. Some people are turning left on the old Nata – Maun road just after the Gate at the tar road, after a short distance turn right onto the old road to Nxai Pan, this is a little better, not as sandy but still has corrugations. The road to Baines is corrugated but not terribly so. The clay is all dry around Nxai Pan so game driving is not a problem.


They are busy resurfacing the road between Xhana and Chanoga, watch out for loose stones. No lines, cats eyes and not much in the way of traffic control. The potholes are still bad between Makalamabedi Vet Fence and Motopi turn off, They were patching them randomly a few days back when I passed, take care when driving over them, some are deep. The detour is still in place at Zoroga for about 10km.

It’s that time of year again; the Police are out with roadblocks and Speed Traps all around. Make sure your Number plate lights are working and spot lights are covered up during the day, they have been checking these a lot lately. At stop signs stop completely before pulling off again, the police don’t recognise a rolling stop here!!

Take your time, drive carefully and enjoy.

Client photographs

Some photographs our happy clients have taken whilst on a McKenzie 4x4 self drive.

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