now there's an alternative to the dangerous road Francistown-Gaborone for all the Africa cyclists heading south to South Africa. And it's ALL TAR!
Turn off in Palapye to Serowe and continue to Shoshong. Or, alternatively, turn off in Mahalapye and cycle straight to Shoshong. (Although you miss some beautiful scenery).
From Shoshong is a brand-new tar road heading south through some really untouched areas to Leshepe and on to Molepolole. Instead of turning towards Gaborone (the capital) you can keep on going straight to Thamaga.

Instead 270km heavy and dangerous traffic and hardly any interesting scenery a couple of kilometer more and REAL Botswana! wink

Thomas "Tom" Schleicher
currently Maun, Botswana, Africa