BOTSWANA 4X4 SELF DRIVE SAFARI
This is just an example of a safari which you can do with your own 4x4. Obviously Temba Travel will gladly assist you to tailor-make your Botswana tour and safari to suit your needs.
Day 1: Drive from Gauteng via Lephalale (Ellisras) or Mokapane (Potgietersrus) to Groblersbrug border. This is a relatively easy border crossing which usually takes less than a hour. In Botswana, the border is known as Martin’s Drift. Just after you cross the border you will find Kwa Nokeng with its beautiful views over the Limpopo River on your left. Stay here for one night and relax in the Meru tents or self-catering accommodation.
Day 2 and 3: Drive to Khama Rhino Sanctuary near Serowe. You will drive via Palapaye and then to Serowe. About 30 km from Serowe on route to Orapa you will find this beautiful game reserve. This is certainly a destination on its own. Stay a minimum of two nights and enjoy the abundance of game which includes both black and white Rhino. Accommodation is in comfortable self-catering chalets, but if needed, you can enjoy your meals in the restaurant.
Day 3 Khama Rhino Sanctuary to Kubu Island: Do not expect an island in the ocean or on a lake, but rather a group of baobab trees in the desert. Drive to Lethlakane and take the gravel road north to the Makgadigadi Pans. Don’t even consider doing this trip during the wet months. You will get stuck and lose your vehicle. During the dry months it is a safe and comfortable drive to Kubu Island where you can overnight in the community campsite. Facilities are rather basic, but the beauty of the area compensates for the lack of luxury. There are ruins at Kubu Island and the site is of great archaeological importance.
Day 4 Kubu Island to Planet Boabab: After a nights camping, it would be ideal to overnight in a comfortable lodge. We strongly recommend Planet Baobab near Gweta. This lodge is truly unique and surprisingly affordable. Enjoy the relative luxury while you relax and watch the most amazing sunsets over the Makgadigadi Pans.
Day 5 and 6 Planet Baobab to Nxai pans: The Nxai Pans National Park is home to the big five and due to the fact that the game is concentrated around a single waterhole it is quite easy to spot many animals. Perhaps this will be your best chance to see a kill. The camping is rather basic, but the ablutions are new. As with all National Parks, you needs to book well in advance for July and August.
Day 7 Nxai pans to Maun: From Nxai Pans it is only about 140 km to Maun. We recommend that you stay one night at Island Safari Lodge. They offer comfortable accommodation and a night here will allow you enough time to get ready for the rest of your trip. Maun is a very interesting, but dusty town. This is clearly the gateway to the Okavango Delta and many safari operators operate from here. Book yourselves a flight over the Delta or simply relax at your lodge. It will be time well spent.
Day 8, 9 and 10 Maun to Khwai River: People differ about which camp is the best in Moremi Game Reserve. Both Xaxanaka and Third Bridge are popular, but my choice is without any doubt Khwai or North Gate and I would camp here for three nights. Game viewing in this area is certainly the best and it is much easier to reach from both Maun and Savute which will be your next stop. From Khwai you can do a day trip to the other campsites where you can perhaps have a picnic lunch. Boat trips into the Okavango-delta are available at Xaxanaka which is about 40 km from Khwai. The best game viewing is along the Khwai River.
Day 11 and 12 Moremi to Savuti: Leave early and enjoy the excellent game viewing along the Khwai River on route to Savute. Once you have left the river you will cross the Savute Ridge, an area with very deep sand. As soon as you enter the Chobe Game Reserve the road gets slightly better. Camp for two nights in Savute and enjoy game drives in the well-known Savuti Marsh. You are guaranteed to see large numbers of game on the plains which are followed by the big predators.
Day 13 and 14 Savuti to Kasane: The Chobe Game Reserve is huge and you will certainly want to overnight two nights at Kasane. The campsites are crowded during peak periods. If you can afford it, spoil yourselves to luxurious accommodation at Chobe Safari Lodge. Senyati Safari Lodge is in the bush, but will most certainly be a wonderful experience for less money. Toro Safari Lodge is near Kazangula, but also a good alternative if you don’t want to camp. Take a game drive in the morning and perhaps take a sun-downer cruise in the afternoon.
Day 14 and 15 Chobe to Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls remains one of the most beautiful destinations in Africa. Do not even consider staying in Zambia. Victoria Falls are on the Zimbabwean side and this is where all the action takes place. You can select hotel or self-catering accommodation such as the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Activities include a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi for those who prefer romantic outing, or an elephant back safari or walk with lions. For those who prefer an adrenaline rush, white water rafting or bungi jumping might be the answer.
Day 16 Victoria Falls to Nata: Leave Victoria Falls early and go through the Pandamatenga border back to Botswana. This will take you through a remote area of Zimbabwe with an excellent opportunity to spot Sable antelope. Enjoy the drive and try to be at the border by midday.
From Pandamatenga at is only about 200 km to Nata. The beautiful Nata Lodge is our automatic choice for a final night in Botswana. Enjoy the bird life and make sure that you are at the Makadadigadi Pans when the sun sets. When the area is covered by water it forms a massive lake which is home to numerous birds.
Day 17 Drive back to Gauteng: Leave early and stay within the speed limit. Fines can be heavy and can ruin a perfect holiday.