FAMILY SELF-DRIVE BOTSWANA
From Cape Town - 4x4 not necessary.
The ultimate self-drive from Cape Town. This tour is perfect for those families who do not drive a 4x4 but who still want to experience the wild. We recommend affordable and basic, but clean and comfortable accommodation. Please note that our policy is to tailor made tours. This is therefore just an example
Day 1 - Cape Town to Upington Monate Lodge: Leave Cape Town early and drive to Upington. You can drive through Springbok, Pofadder and through Kakamas or you can choose the slightly shorter inland route via Calvinia. Near Upington we strongly recommend the Monate Lodge which is about 10 km off the main road on your way to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, or Upington Country Lodge which is in town.
Day 2 - Upington to Berrybush: Drive through Northern Cape towns such as Kathu and Hotazel to McCarthy’s Rest border post. The last 80 km is a gravel road - just what you need to get you in the right mood for your Botswana holiday. About 15 km after the border is Tsabong, which is the last place to stock up. Near Tshabong is Berrybush where you can experience the hospitality of the Thompsons. Get all information you might need at McCarthy’s Rest border here.
Day 3 - Berrybush to Kang: For those with 4x4 vehicles there is the option of driving through the Mabuasehube game reserve to Thane and then on to Kang. If time permits, camp for 2 nights in the park. If you drive a 2x4 vehicle the best would be stay on the tar road and to overnight in Kang at the Kang Ultra Stop.
Day 4 and 5 - Ghanzi: Spend two nights at Thakadu near Ghanzi. You are on holiday and this game farm, with its waterhole and prolific bird life is just the place to be. You can choose between air-conditioned chalets or Meru tents. Meals are available in the restaurant.
Day 6 and 7 - Thakadu to Island Safari Lodge Maun: Two nights is the minimum at Island Safari Lodge. The lodge is on the southern tip of the Okavango Delta. From here you can do a Makoro trip into the Delta and don’t miss a flight over the Okavango Delta. You are guaranteed to see a lot of game.
Day 8 and 9 - Maun to Drotsky’s Cabins: This beautiful place on the Western side of the Okavango Delta is known for its excellent fishing and birdlife. Just relax for two nights at Drotsky’s or upgrade to Lawdons. Lawdons is the sister lodge of Drotsky Cabins and more up-market. Make sure that you hire a boat to cruise the canals of the Okavango River.
Day 10 and 11 - Drotsky to Kwando: Cross the border into Namibia and drive East in the Caprivi. After about 220 km you will reach Kongola and the Kwando River. This beautiful area is well worth a two night stay. For those who can afford it, Lianshulu Lodge in the Mudumu National Park will be an ultimate treat. If you cannot afford it, accommodation such as Kwando Camp, Namashasha Lodge or Mazambala Island will be a very pleasant surprise. Game activities include cruises on the Kwando River and game drives in the parks.
Day 12 and 13 - Kwando to Kasane: From the Kwando River it is only 140 km to Katima Mulilo with a very good road and then 50 km to the Ngoma Bridge border with Botswana. Once you have cleared customs you will be in the Chobe National Park. This park is world renowned for its huge herds of elephants, but all of the big five are quite common. Stay two nights in Chobe Safari Lodge if your budget allows it. Alternatively stay in self-catering accommodation at Senyati Safari Lodge. Senyati is well known for its daily visits by elephants and buffalo. Toro Lodge is another affordable alternative in this region. Whichever lodge you decide on, your visit to Chobe promises to be highlight of you holiday.
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 Francistown: Your return trip has started and a perfect overnight stop would be Woodlands just outside Francistown. The self-catering accommodation is very neat and the facilities such as the swimming pool are as good as it gets. If you prefer hotel accommodation consider the Marang Gardens or Cresta Thapama in town.
Day 17 - Francistown to Gaborone: Twelve km from Gaborone on the road to Lobatse is the Mokolodi Nature reserve. This is a communal project and they offer self-catering accommodation in fully equipped chalets. There is a variety of game in the reserve which includes big game such as Rhino. This might be the perfect place to end a holiday. Alternatively you can stay in a city hotel such as the Cresta Lodge with its excellent facilities and meals.
Day 18 - Gaborone to Britstown: Just north of Britstown are the Kambro self-catering chalets on a farm. The farm-stall sells all necessary supplies. Perhaps a Karoo farm is the perfect place to wake up on the last morning of your unforgettable holiday