Botswana via 4 countries
Botswana Self-Drive Safari
15 Nights and 16 Days
This adventure safari starts in Johannesburg and ends in Johannesburg. It explores South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, including the fascinating Okavango Delta water system, Victoria falls and some of the best wilderness areas of Botswana.
Self Drive camping safari
High Season (01 July - 31 October 2019): $5417 per person
Low Season (01 November - 30 June 2020): $4250 per person
Minimum 2 persons - groups of 3-4 persons will receive a 20% discount
Children under 12 with parents will receive a 70% discount
The safari begins in Johannesburg where you will collect your vehicle and do your shopping en route. Your adventure will take you to the Waterberg Biosphere for your first night in an intimate bush camp in a private game reserve with magnificent rare animal species such as Roan Antelope.
Day 1: Camping in Waterberg Biosphere
Day 2: Botswana ElephantsCross the border into Botswana for an amazing interface with wild elephant in your camp.
Day 3: Chobe RiverTake a cruise on the Chobe River for an unforgettable photographic safari upon photo-friendly boats. Viewing wild life from the perspective of the water brings you up close and personal for legendry captured moments. All photography equipment is supplied on the boat if you do not have your own.
A chill out day... you'll take a day transfer into Zimbabwe to visit the magnificent Victoria Falls and lunch on the veranda of the iconic "Vic Falls Hotel" overlooking the gorge and historic railway bridge. Activities can be arranged which include white water rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, canoeing on the upper Zambezi, elephant rides and helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls.
Day 4: Victoria Falls
Days 5: Chobe National ParkThe Chobe National Park is home to a variety of habitats including floodplains, baobab trees, mopane trees, acacia woodlands and verdant flood grasslands next to the Chobe River. You spend most of the day in the Serondele area (also known as the Chobe riverfront) in the north east which consists of lush plains and dense forests. This attracts large mammals that come here to graze and is the most visited part of the Chobe National Park.
You cross the border into the Zambezi Region of Namibia, formerly known as the Caprivi and head towards the confluence of the Linyanti and Kwando Rivers. Dr David Livingstone, arguably the greatest explorer ever known, uttered these words, "I have found the Garden of Eden" when describing this find. Today there is a museum with his name that tells the story of Livingstone's family buried at this spot. The camp is superb and one of the best kept secrets to explore the migratory path of some of Africa's giants, the elephant, and huge herds of the African Buffalo - consisting of up to 300 and more.
Day 6 - 7: Nkasa Rupala National Park
Day 8 - 9: Okavango Delta and Mokoro Water SafariDrive the “Caprivi Strip” and re-enter Botswana at the Okavango River as it flows out of Angola through the strip, en-route to the World Heritage Site known as the Okavango Delta, where this mighty river disappears into the Kalahari Desert. Go boating in the many reed lined channels in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) and enjoy the spectacular landscape of this unique region during the tranquil transfer, taking you deeper inside the Delta.
A very unique part of this safari is a two day visit to the Central Kalahari and interaction with the San people. The San were Stone Age hunter-gatherers and some of them still survive in small numbers in the Kalahari Desert.
Days 10 – 11: Central Kalahari
Days 12-13: Moremi Game ReserveYou will enter Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region.
Imagine an area the size of Portugal, largely uninhabited by humans. Its stark, flat, featureless terrain stretches to eternity, meeting and fusing with a milky-blue horizon. This is the Makgadikgadi, an area of 12 000 sq kms, part of the Kalahari Basin and uniquely one of the largest salt pans in the world.
Day 14: Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve
Day 15: Limpopo RiverLast night spent on the banks of the Limpopo River at an exclusive camp.
Day 16: Return to JohannesburgSadly, the adventure comes to an end as you make your way back to Johannesburg to return the vehicle.
- Fully kitted specialised Safari vehicle
- Lodges and Camp sites
- Activities and guide as per the itinerary
- All directions
- Maps and GPS routes
- Airport transfers on day of vehicle collection and drop off
- Park fees
- Optional excursions
- Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment
- Emergency evacuation
- Any increase in Park Fees and vehicle upgrades
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