BOTSWANA SELF-DRIVE TOUR FROM JOHANNESBURG
From Johannesburg - 4x4 not necessary.
This is an example of an perfect tour for a family who prefer to travel in a ordinary car. The consultants at Temba Travel will gladly help you to design a tour that will suite 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 4: Khama Rhino Sanctuary 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.
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 Gauteng: It is an easy day trip