Self Drive Tour in Botswana & Namibia

10 Day Wetlands & Deserts Self Drive

On the Wetlands & Deserts Self Drive tour from Victoria Falls to Windhoek, you will experience Botswana's abundant Wildlife and the "BIG5" alongside the water-rich water systems of the Okavango Delta. Be startled by the majestic Victoria Falls, one of nature's great wonders standing in contrast to the enormous dry clay pans of the Makgadigkadi depression.

Wetlands & Deserts Self Drive tour is a thrilling self-guided adventure starting from the roaring Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe taking you through Botswana's wildest game parks and the arid Kalahari Desert.

Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya - the "Smoke that Thunders” presents the world's largest sheet of water. Optional activities in Victoria Falls Town are plentiful, from scenic flights over the falls, white water rafting adventures, bungee jumping, bridge swinging, to less adventurous activities like a sundowner cruise, village tour or shopping at the craft markets.

After your visit to Victoria Falls you will proceed into Botswana, travelling through the Chobe National Park, Makgadigadi Pans and Moremi game reserve, an amazing safari journey with opportunities for boat cruises, nature drives and mokoro excursions. Your visit to Botswana is sure to be extraordinary with wildlife encounters in the wildest part of Africa!

Next, you will enter the Kalahari Desert, a stark contrast to the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Here you can enjoy an optional game drive or bush walk to experience the largest sand mass on Earth.

Suggested Vehicle: SUV or 4x4 Double Cab

Highlights:

  • Visit the Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water
  • Wildlife encounters in the Chobe, Makgadigadi & Moremi Parks
  • Nature Drives in the Kalahari Desert
  • Lots of optional activities to enjoy

See also our Spectacular Namibia Self Drive

Summary

Meals Vary

10 Days / 9 Nights
Self Drive

Namibia & Botswana

Day 1 Victoria Falls
After your arrival in Victoria Falls and a transfer to your hotel, you have a wide variety of optional activities at our disposal. In the late afternoon, enjoy an optional sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, where you stand a chance to see some of the animals and birds that live in the Victoria Falls National Park while enjoying a sundowner drink.
Classic Accommodation: Shearwater Explorer Village
Superior Accommodation: Victoria Falls Hotel

Day 2 Victoria Falls
After breakfast discover why the Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders on Earth as you explore it on foot. This dramatically beautiful event is accompanied by a deafening roar and fine spray that arcs up into the sky, giving the falls its local name: Mosi-oa-Tunya - the "Smoke that Thunders”. Afterwards, visit a craft market, where you can purchase or look at handmade crafts of the local inhabitants (optional). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or participate in other optional activities.
Classic Accommodation: Shearwater Explorer Village (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Victoria Falls Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 3 Chobe National Park
Your adventure continues with a drive to the Chobe National Park, the second largest National Park in Botswana. Your lodge is located directly on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe National Park is home to the highest elephant concentration on Earth and counts undoubtedly to one of the most spectacular national parks in Africa. The riverine forests and floodplains support a multitude of game species, which in turn attract predators such as lion, leopard and hyena.
Classic Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Serondela Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 Chobe National Park
The optional activities in and around the Chobe National Park mainly revolve around the spectacular wildlife. Besides being Botswana's second largest park, the Chobe National Park boasts the largest elephant concentration on Earth and is the habitat of all large African predators as well as a vast variety of antelope species. With over 500 different bird species, the park is a haven for birders. Use the day to view the wildlife on an optional game drive in the early morning and with an optional boat cruise in the late afternoon.
Classic Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Serondela Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 Makgadigadi  Pans
After breakfast, you depart Kasane and travel south to the mesmerizing Makgadikgadi Pans. This natural phenomenon represents the largest clay pans on earth and changes the landscape into a wonderland of surrealistic beauty. Its remoteness and inaccessibility all add to the mystique, and one has not enjoyed the full charm of Botswana without having had a taste of its magical impact. Relax beside the pool or enjoy an optional guided nature drive to the pans.
Classic Accommodation: Pelican Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Nata Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 Moremi Game Reserve
After an early breakfast, you travel via Maun and onwards via rugged bush roads towards the concession bordering the Moremi / Khwai Reserve to the east, an area that you will explore in detail over the next days. En route to our camp, which you will reach in the late afternoon, you have the opportunity to see a variety of game species but can also marvel at the untouched traditional lifestyle of the Botswana people that inhabit the area. Once at our camp, you have the rest of the day at leisure and can relax in the pristine nature that surrounds the Camp.
Classic Accommodation: Tuskers / Mankwe Bush Camp (Breakfast, Dinner)
Superior Accommodation: Sango Safari Camp (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 Moremi Game Reserve
Today you may wish to take a guided excursion into the Moremi Game Reserve, situated south of the Okavango Delta. It covers about one-third of the entire Delta and counts undoubtedly to the top wildlife reserves in Africa. The giant mopane forests contrast beautifully with the wide open spaces of the Khwai floodplain, while the seasonal pans, salt pans and rivers attract game and bird species of immense proportions. In the late afternoon, you return to the lodge.
Classic Accommodation: Tuskers / Mankwe Bush Camp (Breakfast, Dinner)
Superior Accommodation: Sango Safari Camp (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8 Kalahari Desert
Your journey takes you further west into the Kalahari Desert, the largest sand mass on Earth that stretches north over no less than nine different African countries. Your lodge is situated close to Ghanzi on a private nature reserve overlooking water-filled pan, promising you an excellent game viewing experience. In the afternoon you can experience an optional game drive or enjoy a bush walk, after which you enjoy dinner on the raised platform overlooking the waterhole.
Classic Accommodation: Tautona Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Edo’s Camp (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Kalahari Desert
This morning you travel to the Botswana border post and travel into Namibia, your lodge is situated in the Namibian part of the Kalahari Desert. Enjoy an optional game drive or relax in the Namibian bush to recollect your memories of the fantastic adventure that has passed.
Classic Accommodation: Okambara Elephant Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner)
Superior Accommodation: Eningu Clay House Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 Depart Windhoek
After breakfast, you travel back to Windhoek or the international airport, where your tour ends. Alternatively, continue your tour into southern Namibia with the Magical South tour.
(Breakfast)

Guests may also select to extend this tour with a 2-night Chobe experience on a houseboat that travels along and stays on the Chobe River.

Possible upgrades:
Upgrade your stay with a possible 2-night fly-in package at Oddballs Camp in the magnificent Okavango Delta (days 5 & 6) instead of staying two nights at Sango Safari Camp.

Wetlands & Deserts Self Drive

 
Rates in SA Rand Adult Sharing Adult Single  
Classic Version  
01 Jan'21 - 31 Oct'21 R 20,060 pp sharing R 31,595 pp  
Superior Version  
01 Jan'21 - 31 Oct'21 R 43,845 pp sharing R 65,325 pp  
*No Children u/13yrs  

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Package Includes:
  • Classic: 9 Breakfasts, 3 Dinner
  • Superior: 9 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities as specified
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
  • Deluxe Travel planner

Package Excludes:

  • All International / Domestic Flights & taxes
  • Rental Vehicle (available on request)
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Excursions / Activities not specified
  • Gratuities
 
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