Veterinary Control Posts

Driving through Botswana you often come across veterinary check points which are linked to fences that extend 100’s of Kilometers across the country all in aid of stopping the spread of foot and mouth disease.

At most you just get an old man sitting there and he waves you on without even standing up. Others are manned by police and are checking that you are not transporting fresh meat from one part of the country to the next. As you have to slow to 6o kmph at these posts nasty speeding camera’s can also occur.

Jacques dipping his shoes

If there is an out break of foot and mouth in one area things get a bit more interesting before you can leave the area. You have to get out of your vehicle with all your shoes and dip them into a chemical solution. Then your car has to drive through a chemical pit as well.

 

As we left Maun we experienced this for the first time and we were carrying fresh meat. We quickly made friends with the cop and took many pictures of him and of the dipping processes. He was so amused by us that even forgot to ask us if we had meat.

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