This self-drive tour
starts and ends in Johannesburg. It will take you through Botswana, into the legendary Caprivi Strip and will certainly be a holiday to remember.
You will stay on main
roads so you will not explicitly need 4x4 driving skills as for the Okavango part of the trip you will be flown in and out from Maun.
Below you will find a map which will help you situate your destinations.
On arrival at the airport you make your way to the car rental terminal to collect you rental car which is a 2x4 (Honda CRV or similiar) but with high ground clearance. You spend the night just
across the border into Botswana at Kwanokeng Lodge in a chalet.
your way north into Botswana to Nata where you spend the night at Nata Lodge. The Makgadikgadi Pans are close by, so if you leave Kwanokeng early, you coulld visit the Park in the afternoon to
enjoy the unspoilt nature and to see some of the Flamingos which populate the Nata side of the pans. You overnight in a luxury chalet.
Right against the borders with Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meanders Chobe River, famous for its large elephant populations and Chobe National Park. From the lodge you can self-drive
into the park or join one of the guided game drives and boat cruises offering you perspectives from both land and water and both guaranteeing fantastic sightings. You are not allowed to take your
rental car into Zimbabwe but the Victoria Falls is only 80 km away and the lodge offers day trips to this famous town and magnificent falls.
Heading west into Namibia, you stick to the riverine areas. On the eastern side of the famous Caprivi Strip you will find your Lodge on Kwando River. Your room has sweeping views of the river but you would still be wise to book one of their boat cruises.
think you will have seen enough riverine areas but Divundu on the great Okavango River in the western section of the Caprivi will prove to be something different still. The Okavango runs south
into the great Okavango Delta, a source of life to many animals and known for a great variety of wildlife. There truly is something magical about this region.
Leaving Caprivi you cross back into Botswana and you make your way along the western edge of the Okavango Delta towards Maun known to be the safari capital of Botswana.
Moremi Game Reserve forms about a third of the Okavango Delta and a safari here is truly a must. Moremi is well known for it excellent game viewing and will offer you a true wilderness experience. But that is not all, since Moremi is so big you will need to be flown to you accommodation which will be a luxury camp with all activities and meals included. Since availability is limited we will not choose one fixed camp but stay flexible in order to get you the best experience at all times.
You would typically return from your Moremi Safari around lunch time and so there are not too many hours left to drive that day. Gweta Lodge is the perfect overnight and is very close to Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans in case you did not have time from Nata Lodge.
Botswana is well-known for its vast wilderness areas, high density of wild animal populations and its incredible biodiversity but the only animal that people often do not get to see is the
Rhinoceros. An animal under threat all over Africa through poaching, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary offers a safe environment for both Black and White Rhino's amongst other animals. You can self-drive
or book a guided game drive.
Heading back into South Africa your last overnight is in the beautiful Waterberg Biosphere. The Waterberg offers striking scenery and since it only has general game (non-dangerous animals) you
can do lovely self-guided hiking trails or drive around in your vehicle. A great place to relax before returning to the airport.
After two weeks full of new impressions and a load of pictures it is time to go home. After 3,5 hours on the road you will return your car in Johannesburg and continue your journey back home or to your next destination.