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 – June 2017



Shorobe to South Gate

From Shorobe to Mawana Vet fence is very corrugated and bumpy, lower your tyre pressure and take it easy. A few people have lost their wing mirrors and parts of their vehicle from the corrugations on the road. Mawana to South Gate is bumpy with some hidden holes.

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village

Dry, bumpy. Deep holes here and there, bad washouts and corrugations. The 1st 15km probably the worst with big holes and washouts.

South Gate to 3rd Bridge

Ok for now. There is now a temporary road near 3rd bridge to access the campsite. The bridge is also now repaired. Still lots of water around. Drive with care.

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa

The 3rd Bridge is now repaired so one can cross again. Take care with some of the game drive routes towards Xakanaxa, I know of a Hilux that went into a small crossing and suddenly dropped in with the water coming in through the door windows.

South Gate to Xakanaxa

Dry, Bumpy and dusty.

South Gate to Khwai (North Gate)

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

Xakanaxa to Khwai

Road is now open again. 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 drying out and one can pass through again. From the white concrete bridge to the Mababe gate turn off the road is in pretty good shape as they graded it two weeks ago. A few small potholes.

Mababe Gate to Savuti

The Mababe Depression also is dry. A few ruts and bumps but fine to drive through. Use the Sand Ridge road and NOT the Marsh road. Some people are using the Marsh road but it is VERY Bumpy. Some Self drive Folks came that way last week and said it was terrible, They left Savute at 10:30 am and only arrived at Mababe Gate around 4pm.

Savuti to Kachikau

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

Take your time, drive carefully and enjoy.

Client photographs

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

Client comments

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