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NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA

NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA 4X4 SELF DRIVE WILDLIFE SAFARI

Destination

Namibia & Botswana

Highlights

Moremi, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi, Chobe, Victoria Falls, Caprivi, Etosha National Park

Tour Type

Guided 4×4 Self Drive Camping Safari

From

R 32 500 pp*
*price influenced by group size

Duration

14 days/13 nights
Windhoek to Windhoek

One of the most amazing self drive camping trips anyone can do is this one! Here we bring you the very best wildlife experiences from both Namibia and Botswana.
As an added bonus we throw in a day visit to Victoria Falls, which is a must see for anybody traveling to Africa.

For ease of your international flying schedule arrival as well as departure is from Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.

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ROUTE: (WINDHOEK – WINDHOEK)

DAY 1
After an early collection of your fully equipped 4×4 rental vehicle in Windhoek we go through a short introduction of the camping gear and accessories. We depart to the Botswana border without delay and travel on to the small town called Ghanzi for our first evening under the African sky and we set up camp at THAKADU BUSH CAMP (thakadubushcamp.com)
Dinner is prepared over campfire and tonight we discuss the great adventure lying ahead.

DAY 2
Today we have an exciting day ahead as we aim to arrive at our campsite in the Moremi game reserve by late afternoon (kwalatesafaris.com).
As we approach the reserve we look out for elephant, wild dog and leopard, all of which are often spotted along the way.
After setting up camp it’s time to prepare our first dinner over our campfire in the real African bush.

DAY 3
A 3 hour morning game drive is followed by a lovely picnic brunch once we arrive back at camp.
The campsite is under big trees and you are free to have a well deserved rest while we wait until it’s a little cooler before we embark on a 2 hr afternoon game drive.
Another campfire dinner follows and we might have some guests in camp too, as hyenas and elephant are known to pass through camp while on their feeding rounds.

DAY 4
After morning coffee we say goodbye to Moremi and head back to Maun to stock up on supplies as well as provide you with some time to partake in an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, a must do if you would like to get an aerial picture of this amazing wildlife haven.
The Makgadikgadi pans is our destination tonight and we set up camp in Khumaga, another unfenced camp in wild Botswana (sklcamps.com).
Like Moremi, all the big ones are found here; lion, leopard, elahant, hyena, giraffe, zebra and many more.
We enjoy a late afternoon game drive followed by our customary campfire dinner.

DAY 5
After a 2 hour game drive in the Makgadikgadi Nature Reserve we depart to Elephant Sands, our next destination (elephantsands.com).
This private lodge is a must visit and the campsite is positioned in such a way that elephants on their way to the watering hole passes within meters from your tent.
What an amazing experience this is, you will remember it for life!

DAY 6
A good breakfast is prepared after which we take a long haul to Kasane, a good few hundred kilometers to the north.
We have a mid day arrival at our campsite on the banks of the Chobe river and you have the afternoon to relax at the pool, read a book, or catch up on some much needed sleep (chobesafarilodge.com).
We enjoy a marvelous dinner around the campfire and tonight you will hear the sound of hippos until deep into the night as the campsite is right on waters edge.

DAY 7
Chobe Game Reserve is one of the very best in Botswana and we are spending 3 hours there this morning looking out for animals and birds, big and small.
You will be blown away by the huge numbers of elephants that occur here and we hope to have some close encounters with these beasts as they cross over to the mighty Chobe down below.
Back at camp we enjoy a light lunch before embarking on a 3 hour sundowner cruise on the Chobe in a large river boat, enabling us to get close to many hippo, crocodile, buffalo and many more.

DAY 8
Excitement mounts as we depart to the mighty Victoria Falls this morning.
Soon after departure we cross into Zimbabwe and not more than an hour later we arrive at the falls, struggling to hear each other through the thunder of the water cascading over the edge of the cliffs and landing down below before being swept away en route to the Indian ocean.
After exploring the falls for the next couple of hours, we enjoy a tasty pizza in town before being given an opportunity to view the falls from above in a helicopter on a 15 minute fly over.
This is an optional activity for your own account and it is highly recommended. The scenery is too spectacular to describe.

DAY 9
An early morning coffee with biscuits is enjoyed in camp after which we depart to our next destination today, which is on the banks of the Okavango river in the Caprivi region of Namibia.
The drive is one of the longest ones of our adventure, but it’s scenic and we pass through many small villages along the way.
Our campsite at Mahangu Safari Lodge is on waters edge and we enjoy a relaxing late afternoon at camp and perhaps we spot hippos in the water and elephant as they come down to the water to drink (mahangu.com.na).

DAY 10
Today we travel further west and reach Ghaub, our campsite during the early afternoon.
Here they have a number of free roaming rhinoceros in their large reserve and with some luck we might see them as they come down to the watering hole to drink (ghaub-namibia.com).

DAY 11, 12 & 13
Our next destination is Etosha National Park and we spend the next blissful evenings camping under a large Camel thorn tree and doing 2 full game drives on days 12 and 13 (nwr.com.na).
Etosha is Namibia’s flagship national park and the numbers of animals roaming this enormous park is astounding.
Keep your cameras ready, you will have the opportunity to take as many wildlife photos as you wish!

DAY 14
After 3 marvelous days at Etosha it’s finally time to pack up and head back to Windhoek where our adventure started.
Arrival is at around 14h00 and after returning your rental vehicles we enjoy a last snack in town before heading to the Windhoek International Airport for your return flight home.

 

Altis’ comments on this safari:

This adventure is highly recommended as it offers so much…great scenic drives are combined with some of the most amazing wildlife you will find anywhere in Africa.

We concentrate mostly on high quality uninterrupted game drives as well as great campfire dinners prepared jointly on every night except the last.

When you get back home you will know how to bake your own bread, over the coals as well as prepare many delicious stews and more with an African flair!
Some nights I might surprise you with a lovely wine tasting where we compare a couple of good Chardonnays or Merlots, depending on the dinner of the evening.

This being a full participation safari also adds to the overall camaraderie as good team work goes a long way in making this the kind of adventure you have always dreamed about.

 

What’s Included
All road transport in your rented 4×4 guided by ABA
Membership of Botswana Air Rescue
All tented accommodation in your rooftop tent
All meals made communally with your own supplies
entries into Etosha National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi National Park, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls
Shuttle service from Kasane to Victoria Falls
Eight game drives in the various parks mentioned above in your own vehicle guided by ABA
A sundowner boat cruise on the Chobe river

What’s Excluded
International air fare
Personal travel insurance
Meals in restaurants
Grocery supplies per vehicle
Fuel needed per vehicle… we will supply you with an estimate
Gratuities
Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and bottled water
Personal items, gifts, toiletries and sweets
Upgrades to lodge accommodation
Visa fees to enter zimbabwe

Activities available for own account
Fly over the Okavango delta by small plane
Optional game drives
Helicopter flights over the Victoria falls
Bungee jumping
Boat cruises at various destinations

Clothing
Neutral colours are recommended when on a wildlife safari, whilst random colours are in order when on scenic and landscape safaris.
The choice of clothing will depend on the season during which you travel

Cooler months – May through August
Although evenings will be cool to cold, nights might drop to zero degrees celsius or even below zero
days might be cool but sunny and temperatures could reach mid 20’s regularly.

During these months we recommend some long pants, long sleeve tops, jerseys and jackets as well as warm socks, gloves, a beanie and scarves
Thermals
Sarong
Sunhat
Sunglasses
Siking shoes
A travel towel or two
Sleeping bag liner
Short sleeve shirts t shirts, skirts and sandals for warmer days
At least one nice outfit

Warm months – September through April
During these months do bring predominantly short sleeve shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, sandals as well as a few warm items in case of freak weather
Sarong
Sunhat
Swimsuit
Sunglasses
Sandals as well as hiking shoes
A travel towel or two
At least one nice outfit

Medicinal
We recommend you bring some basic items including:
Malaria prophylaxis
Tablets for headache, nausea, cramps as well as diarrhea
Sunscreen
Lip balm
Body lotion
Mosquito repellent
Hand sanitizer

Other items
Binoculars
Camera with spare batteries
A torch or headlamp
A good book to read
A water bottle
A universal power adaptor
A power pack or portable charger with usb cable

To experience the real Africa is a priviledge that changes you for ever. There is no other place on earth like it… 

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