Self-drive in Botswana is admittedly the adventure of a lifetime, but requires a lot of planning and even more time. Distances between attractions are vast and, dependent on weather conditions, a 4WD fully-equipped for camping is the only way to go. Travel permits are needed, and car rental is only allowed for those over 25. Home drivers’ licenses provide coverage for six months and, given the chance of a close encounter with the local wildlife, full insurance is a necessity. Car rental is a pricey option though, much more expensive than covering the same ground via an all-inclusive tour package.All domestic rail routes were cancelled in 2009, leaving buses the only public transportation option for traveling between major towns. Seabalo is the largest of several bus companies, and runs regular long-distance services from Gaborone to all the bigger cities. Bus travel isn’t expensive, but involves long journeys in transportation which may not have air conditioning or reclining seats. Minibuses also serve the more built–up areas.