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 (BWP1900.00 per day) and unequipped vehicles (BWP 1600.00 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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McKenzie 4x4 vehicles
Child with meerkats at Planet Baobab
McKenzie 4x4 vehicle crossing Third Bridge in Moremi during wet season

Road conditions – March 2017

We have had a lot of rain this season so far, we have had over 670mm since the beginning of December.
December we had 241mm, January we had 242mm, February we have had 150mm from 1-14th.
The roads are wet, muddy and some places impassable.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is very wet and they are recommending that you travel there with at least two vehicles.
Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi Pan National Parks are also very wet and should be driven with care.
Moremi Game Reserve is wet and has a lot of standing water. Most of the routes are wet and imapassable. drive with caution. They recommending you travel with at least two vehicles.
3rd Bridge Campsite is closed.
North Gate Campsite (Khwai) is closed.
Chobe National Park is wet and muddy along the Mababe Depression; take care with the black mud (cotton soil).
There is a lot of tall grass this year and so please check your vehicle regularly for grass seeds. Some vehicles have beem overheating. The seed nets are filling up quickly in places.

Shorobe to South Gate

From Shorobe to Mawana Vet fence is not too bad. Mawana to South Gate is bumpy and wet with a few mud holes.

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village

It as graded at the end of last year. There are a few small washouts to look out for. Not bad in general.

South Gate to 3rd Bridge

There is a lot of standing water and Mud at the moment; they are thinking of closing this route. Drive with care.

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa

The 3rd Bridge is broken so one cannot cross at the moment. You have to go via South Gate.

South Gate to Xakanaxa

Standing water, muddy and slippery, drive with care.

South Gate to Khwai (North Gate)

Wet and muddy, drive with care. They are trying to close this road as well.

Xakanaxa to Khwai

Road Closed. You have to go via South Gate.

Khwai to Mababe Gate

A few small washouts and puddles.

Mababe Gate to Savuti

The Mababe Depression is wet and muddy. Use the Sand Ridge road and NOT the Marsh road.

Savuti to Kachikau

There are some big puddles on the section to Ghoha Gate, from Ghoha gate to Kachikau there are a few small puddles but nothing serious.

Client photographs

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

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