BOTSWANA 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)
The following safari is a suggested route for the adventurous spirit. The self drive tour can be tailor made and adjusted to your specific preferences, dates and budget. This self drive route gives you the opportunity to experience Botswana at its best. The route is well worked out ensuring that there is ample time to rest in between places of interest and with enough time to take you all the way to the north of Botswana. Please remember to pre-book well in advance so as to avoid the disappointment of unavailable accommodation. Botswana is luscious during the green season when the Okavango Delta gets flooded with water from the Kavango River and the Savuti and Linyanti water systems, which might make your drive a little more challenging, but for those that enjoy the challenge, please feel free to visit Botswana anytime of the year.
DAY 1 Klein Kariba (Bela-Bela)
When driving your own vehicle, make your way from your home town up north to Klein Kariba and spend a night at Bela Bela before entering Botswana for the adventure of a lifetime. Alternatively you can arrange to rent a fully kitted out vehicle and arrange pick up at the O.R. Tambo International Airport. Do a thorough pre-trip inspection of your vehicle to ensure that everything is in good working order including the spare wheel.
Enjoy the evening in the warm water pools of Bela Bela and enjoy ‘n braai around the fire.
DAY 2 & 3: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
After breakfast, depart from Bela Bela making your way through the Martinsdrift border post to Khama Rhino Sanctuary which is home to the black and white rhino. Khama Rhino has 13 campsites, including overland sites for larger 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. After setting up camp you are can enjoy an evening game drive to relax and take in the fresh air of Botswana.
On the morning of day two you can go for an early morning game drive returning to camp to enjoy a well deserved breakfast. Khama Rhino has various activities available to keep you busy and interested in what Botswana has to offer. You can arrange educational activities for the children or enjoy and learn the art of tracking a rhino.
DAY 4: Kubu Island
After breakfast, tackle the road to the dramatic, eerie landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana which is one of the world’s largest salt pans. Kubu Island, called Lekhubu by the local villagers 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. The facilities are very basic and you must take your own drinking water. It is a real wilderness experience.
DAY 5 & 6: Nxai Pans
Travelling north, you will find the Nxai Pans which are part of a fossil lakebed. There are 2 campsites which are only reachable by 4x4 vehicles. From November to April the rains cover the pans in grass. This attracts a rich variety of wildlife. Thorn trees surround the waterhole and lions wait for the giraffe, springbok and other antelope that migrate with their young ones through the mopane woodland.
DAY 7: Island Safari Lodge
Depart early morning for Maun. Upon arrival, refuel and restock for the next stretch of the road. For the next few days you will have no access to shops or fuel stations. Spend the night camping at Island Safari Lodge. You can relax next to the swimming pool, enjoy a drink at the bar or take a sunset cruise on the Thamalakane 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 the animals including the Big Five. Facilities are basic, but there are ablution blocks and water. During your visit in the Moremi Game reserve, you will have ample time to do game drives that take you deeper into the Okavango Delta. 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. Mokoro trips in the Okavango Delta is a great activity, experiencing the traditional transport of the villages within the Delta and travelling the waterways so quietly that you can surprise the pygmy geese and fish eagles.
Day 11 & 12: Savuti
We would suggest an early morning departure from Moremi to Savuti as the road is thick and sandy and slow driving. 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 marsh. 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 be tested in the thick sand of the Chobe National Park.
Day 13: Chobe Safari Lodge
Depart to Kasane and set up camp under the big green trees close to the Chobe River. 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! Do a sunset cruise on the Chobe river and you are guaranteed to see a postcard perfect sunset. 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
After breakfast, you travel from Kasane crossing the border of Zimbabwe and enjoy setting up camp in the Explorers Village situated in the heart of Victoria Falls, walking distance from the angel’s view of the Victoria Waterfall. There will be enough time in the afternoon to take a walk through the craft market and return to camp for dinner or enjoy a dinner at one of the local restaurants. The next day you can arrange for various activities of your choice, like white water river rafting, abseiling, bungy jumping or swimming in the Devil’s Pools. Be sure to pre-book your activity. If you have a rented vehicle, you will make your way back to Kasane, dropping off your vehicle and taking a return flight to Johannesburg. If you are in your own vehicle you can stopover at the pretty Woodlands Stopover just outside Francistown before you head home.
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