BOTSWANA OKAVANGO SELF DRIVE
Have you ever had the dream of doing a 4x4 trip but you don’t own a 4x4? Here is the perfect opportunity
You can rent one of our 4x4’s and experience the tour with or without a guide.
DAY 1 Klein Kariba (Bela-Bela)
We will meet at Klein Kariba in Bela-Bela. If you make use of our vehicles we will meet you at O.R. Tambo International airport. We will all get together in Bela-Bela at 16:00. We will get to know each other. We will do a short course in 4x4 driving skills. Tonight we will have a traditional South African braai and enjoy the heated pools at Klein Kariba.
DAY 2 & 3: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
After breakfast at 08:00 we depart from Bela-Bela. We will cross the border to Botswana and we will arrive at Khama Rhino Sanctuary in the late afternoon. There are 13 campsites, including sites for large groups. The central feature of each site is a large Mokongwa tree, which provides both character and shade. There is also a fireplace, braai stand with grill, and tap with birdbath. The campsites are served by two communal ablution blocks. We will stay at Khama Rhino Sanctuary for two nights. The first night we will set up our campsite and we will go for an evening game drive. We will then have a steak braai for dinner.
In the morning of day two we will go for an early morning game drive. After returning from the game drive we will make breakfast. After breakfast there will be another game drive. You can also participate in some of the activities offered by the campsite. In the late afternoon we will have another game drive. We will then return and prepare dinner.
DAY 4: Kubu Island
After breakfast we will depart to Kubu Island. The dramatic, eerie landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana is one of the world’s largest salt pans. It is the remains of an enormous water mass, Lake Makgadikgadi, which dried up approximately 10 000 years ago. You can still see the shorelines left behind by the shrinking lake. This is most visible at Gidikwe Ridge in the south western part of the pans.
The Makgadikgadi Pans, with their glistening crust of white salt, actually comprise a series of pans, separated by desert. The three largest pans are Nxai, Sua and Ntwetwe Pans. The Sua Pan contains two “islands” – ethereal outcrops of rock in the vast emptiness known as Kukome Island and Kubu Island. The ghostly Kubu Island is a national monument and contains a number of baobab trees.
DAY 5 & 6: Nxai Pans
Nxai pans are perhaps not as well-known as some other parks in Botswana but it is certainly a perfect destination for wildlife enthusiast. There is only one water hole during May and all animals will visit this water hole. There is therefore no need for a lot of driving while excellent game viewing can be guaranteed
DAY 7: Island Safari Lodge
We depart to Maun where we will refuel and restock. Tonight we will camp at Island Safari Lodge. You can relax next to the swimming pool and enjoy a drink in the bar. Tonight we will prepare a meal and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere next to the river. You will also have time to do a sundowner cruise on the river.
Day 8-10: Khwai or North Gate (Moremi)
The Moremi Game Reserve covers parts of the Okavango Delta. This is perhaps the most beautiful game reserve in Africa with large numbers of all the big game.
While in the bush we will do two game drives per day. This will sometimes take us deeper into the Okavango Delta. The mobility of our safari vehicles and the excellent knowledge of your game ranger/ guide increase the likelihood that you will see at least some of the big five. Birdlife is guaranteed to be extraordinary, particularly during the summer months. The vegetation in Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta promises to be fantastic.
Included in this safari is an hour long Mokoro Trip in the Okavango Delta. This will allow you to experience the traditional transport of the Okavango Delta while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta.
Day 11 & 12: Savuti
We will depart from Moremi to Savuti in the Chobe Game Reserve. The Savuti channel was dry for more than 20 years but it is now filled with water. This water runs into a plain which is known as the Savuti march. Huge concentrations of plain game such as Zebra and Wildebeest graze on these plains, while the lions feast on the abundance of prey. Here your 4x4 driving skills will tested in the thick sand of the Chobe National Park.
Day 13: Chobe Safari Lodge
Kasane is a small, but very busy town situated where the four countries Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia meet. There are no fences between the village of Kasane and the Chobe National Park. So don’t be too amazed if you see a hippo or elephant wandering down the road!
Kasane is the gateway to the Chobe National Park on the southern bank of the Chobe River. We will do a sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Chobe Game Reserve sunsets are the subject of many photographs of the African bush, so you are guaranteed seeing a perfect postcard sunset.
Along the Sedudu Valley Road leading out of Kasane in Botswana, you will spot a number of dead trees. These trees are often decorated by a lazy leopard or two, watching the passing traffic. The Sedudu Island in the Chobe River is a favourite grazing place for elephant, buffalo as well as hippo and you will be able to spot rare African bird species, for example the half-collared kingfisher and the African finfoot.
Kasane and the Chobe region have a number of interesting spots to visit, the old baobab tree being no exception. In the early part of the previous century the hollow, gnarled trunk was used as a prison before the current goal was built. If you feel like something more adventurous, a trip down the Kasane Rapids, a short distance from town will be very exciting.
Day 14 and 15: Victoria Falls
We will depart to Victoria Falls. We will have breakfast and dinner as a group and during the day you can participate in the activities that you would like to do. Our tour finishes on 24 May. If you rented a vehicle from us, you will fly back to Johannesburg from Victoria Falls. If you are travelling with your own vehicle you will drive back to South Africa or simply join our Zambezi Region/ Kalahari tour.
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