BOTSWANA + VICTORIA FALLS
BOTSWANA GUIDED 4X4 self drive SAFARI
Botswana & Victoria Falls
Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Khwai, Savute, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Makgadikgadi, Chobe River
Guided 4×4 Self Drive
Participation Camping Safari
R 35 900 pp*
*price influenced by group size
14 days/13 nights
Maun to Maun
This 14 day guided 4×4 self drive camping adventure commences and concludes in Maun, Botswana and is aimed at the self driver who wants to roughen it while on safari, as well as photographers who want to spend most of their time in the bush, rather than in lodges, while accompanied by an expert guide who assists with all aspects of your trip, from planning to cooking on the trip and revealing those unique spots along the way only known to the locals.
We camp in unfenced camps every night, have great campfire dinners and spend as much time as possible out on game drives, looking for those elusive creatures we have come to see.
And you have the benefit of driving your own 4×4 while on safari.
After collecting you at Maun International Airport we pick up your fully equipped 4×4 rental vehicle from the depot and have an introduction to the vehicle as well as the camping gear and vehicle accessories before visiting Maun centre for the purchasing of our food and drink essentials for the first part of the safari.
Once completed we head on to Okavango River Lodge our destination for tonight.
We set up camp under a shady camel thorn tree before we spend an hour or so discussing the logistics of our much anticipated adventure commencing at daybreak tomorrow, after which a team effort campfire dinner is prepared whilst we enjoy a melody of night sounds from some of the wild animals nearby.
After a 5am wake up call and a hot coffee we commence on our way to South Gate campsite, Moremi, for our first night in the wild.
Upon arrival at our campsite at around 10am we prepare a warm morning brunch and afterwards spend the next few hours relaxing before afternoon tea to be followed by a two to three hour game drive, hoping to see some of the wildlife that roams the area.
DAY 3 & 4
Today we move camp and travel a short distance to North Gate campsite, where we spend the next two evenings.
Activities are similar to South Gate with the only exception being a lot more water in the North Gate area as we are camping virtually on the edge of the Okavango Delta.
Here you are guaranteed many very good wildlife sightings ranging from mongoose all the way through to elephant.
DAY 5, 6 & 7
This is an exciting day as we move on to another magnificent camp, and this time it’s none other than Savute, my all time favorite camp in Botswana.
Savute is known for its many lion prides and we will do our best to see some of them during our 3 night stay.
The sand is thick, driving is slow and we might encounter wildlife along the way which makes this one of the most special transfers of the adventure for sure!
Upon arrival at our new campsite we have a couple of hours at leisure before we enjoy the first of 5 full game drives in this amazing place they call Savute!
Great days are followed by great campfire dinners, enjoyed under the stars, while listening to the sounds of the night; lion, hyena and jackal, all contributing to this amazing melody that will last well into the night and add that magical touch to days that will be remembered for many years to come.
Early rise is needed as we have a challenging day ahead!
After coffee it’s time to pack up and depart to Kasane where we will spend the final 3 nights of the adventure, camping next to the mighty Chobe river.
Today’s drive takes us through the Chobe reserve as well as the protected Rhodesian teak forest, with most of the driving through some of the thickest sand you will find in all of Africa… challenging but fun and you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at sand driving!
We arrive at our lodging at around 4pm and you have some free time to explore the camp, before our customary dinner around campfire.
Chobe Nature Reserve is our first activity today and we need an early rise to enter the park as soon after the gates have opened to ensure great sightings.
After an amazing 3 hour game drive we pull into the picnic area on the river bank and enjoy a delicious brunch, whilst enjoying spectacular views of the mighty Chobe!
The Chobe National Park has an incredible wildlife population which includes lion, leopard, elephant, hippo, hyena, giraffe, kudu, sable, amazing bird life and many more.
One of the highlights of our safari happens this afternoon. At 3pm we board a large river boat for a 3 hour sunset cruise on the Chobe… this cruise is a top hit and you will be amazed at the abundance of wildlife in and around the river, truly spectacular!
A delicious dinner around the campfire is a fitting end to another day in paradise…
The magical Victoria Falls is on the menu today and we depart Kasane at 7am for the 2 hour trip to the Falls, which includes a border crossing to enter Zimbabwe at the Gazungula border post.
After exploring the falls for the next three hours on foot, you are welcome to partake in an optional helicopter flight over the falls, where you get a much better perspective of the entire area and you will realize that the falls is just a small part of a much larger geological masterpiece.
After completion of the falls we enjoy a locally prepared pizza in town, before heading back to Kasane for another campfire dinner under the stars.
After a wonderful breakfast we depart in a southerly direction where we overnight at Elephant Sands, a lodge known for the many elephants frequenting the watering hole at the lodge.
You will be able to watch these great beasts having a drink from the comfort of your tent whilst enjoying a sundowner after another exciting day in Botswana.
DAY 12 & 13
This morning we enjoy a relaxed breakfast, hoping to see more elephants passing close by our tent, before traveling to Khumaga campsite, inside the Makgadikgadi Nature Reserve, another of Botswana’s best wilderness areas.
The park has a wonderful array of wildlife with giraffe, elephant, lion, and hyena to name but a few.
We will have two afternoons and one morning in the park before returning to Maun on day 14 where our adventure started 2 weeks ago.
We pack up this morning for the final leg of our safari, a 2 hour drive back to civilization and if we have enough time you can enjoy a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, before we depart for Maun Airport where you will board the flight returning you to your home.
You may prefer to spend one final evening on African soil and perhaps this time you prefer a fancy lodge after all the wonderful evenings camping out in the bush!
What Altis says about this safari
If ever there was a complete wildlife package, this is it!
If roughing it up and wildlife is your scene, look no further, it doesn’t get better than this.
This self drive safari is an adventure in every sense of the word and a wonderful opportunity for self drivers as well as photographers to experience maximum wildlife exposure from start to finish.
You will travel on some of the most daunting sand tracks Africa can throw at you and negotiate a number of serious water crossings, but with the right tools and expert guidance, it will become as easy as one two three!
Expert guiding (traveling in own vehicle)
4×4 Vehicle hire
All park entries
Entry to Victoria Falls
Sundowner cruise on the Chobe river
Numerous game drives at Moremi, Savute, Chobe, Makgadikgadi pans in your hire vehicle under leadership of our guides
All tented accommodation in your hired 4×4
Coffee and tea as needed
Communal meals prepared as a team effort with each vehicle supplying own food
All international air travel
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees for Zimbabwe
Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Grocery supplies for the duration of the trip
Personal items and medication
Meals in restaurants
Accommodation upgrades to lodges
Fuel for your hired 4×4
Moremi Game Reserve
Chobe National Park
Makgadikgadi Nature Reserve
Sundowner cruise on the mighty Chobe
11 Game drives
Loads and loads of animal sightings
Challenging sand driving on sections
Awesome campfire dinners prepared by all participants
Camping out in unfenced parks with animals like hyena, leopard, lion and elephant in the area
Optional attractions available for own account
Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
Mokoro dug out canoe excursion on the Okavango Delta
Neutral colours are recommended
Your choice of clothing will depend on the season during which you travel
November through April
During this time temperatures are warm to hot and mostly humid around the Okavango Delta area and Zimbabwe, with regular thundershowers from Dec to March
During these months we recommend light weight long sleeve hiking pants and similar as well as light weight long sleeve shirts(particularly for evenings when mosquitoes are active)
Short sleeve shirts and t shirts
A few warmer items and a fleece top in case of unexpected cold weather
Sandals or flip flops
At least one nice outfit
May through september
During this time days are sunny and can reach mid 20’s regularly
Evenings can be cool to cold to very cold, to freezing cold
We recommend a few short sleeve shirts and short pants for warmer mid days, whilst you should bring some warm long sleeve shirts, pants as well as a warm jersey and jacket for evening wear
Also pack a scarf
Sandals or flip flops
Basic medicine like tablets for headache, nausea, cramps and diarrhea
Other items for both seasons
Travel insurance taken out at home, please ensure that tour cancellation and curtailment is Included
A good book to read
A diary should you like to diarize your adventure
Universal power adapter
Portable power pack
Camera and spare batteries
Torch or headlamp
Some USD cash
Visa or mastercard credit cards
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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