Self-drive SUV Safari: Botswana Caprivi & Victoria Falls
This Botswana self-drive through Botswana & Caprivi offers an opportunity to experience the wonders of Southern Africa in your own time. With generally good roads, there is no need for a 4x4 vehicle, and can be accomplished with a standard SUV. It is an 11-day self-drive ex/to Johannesburg.
Accommodation: Classic accommodation with en-suite facilities
Activities: Game drives, boat cruises, nature walks
Destinations: Francistown, Nata, Makgadikgadi Pans, Maun, Okavango Delta, Caprivi, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls
Seasonal: All year round with a peak from June to October
Okavango to Vic Falls self-drive Experience
Highlights on this Southern Africa self-drive safari include major attractions such as the Victoria Falls, Chobe, the Okavango and the legendary Zambezi River and all are within easy reach by SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle).
The distances on each day vary but each moment will be filled with sights of Africa not experienced on regular safaris.
Your Botswana self-drive tour follows a great route through magnificent and truly diverse landscapes. Enjoy the freedom of the road as you visit the Makgadikgadi Pans en-route to the lush Okavango Delta and Caprivi Strip. You will also enjoy the magic of Chobe National Park and finally the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
Day 1: Johannesburg Francistown
Today you will have to get up early to leave Johannesburg, as it is a long drive to your next stop, Francistown in Botswana. Once you have crossed the border you can enjoy the rural sights of villages and the Southern Botswana landscape, before reaching Francistown where you will stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 2 - 3: Francistown Nata
After breakfast, you leave Francistown for a short drive to Nata situated at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans where you stay for 2 nights. While in Nata, you can explore the Makgadikgadi Pans on your own or with the guide from the safari lodge. The Makgadikgadi Pans are the largest saltpans in the world and a fascinating range of desert-adapted creatures can be seen.
Day 4: Nata Maun
This morning, you may want more explore more of the Makgadikgadi Pans before heading on to Maun, where you stay for 2 nights. During your stay at Maun, there will be a number of activities you can take part in. You may take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta or a mokoro ride (canoeing), water levels permitting. Horse riding can also be organized.
Day 5 6: Maun Caprivi Strip
Today you will leave after breakfast and travel up the western side of the Okavango Delta into Namibia. The Caprivi Strip of Namibia is one of the most beautiful stretches of wilderness in Southern Africa and is relatively undeveloped. Over the next 2 days, you will experience this area for yourself, an area that was once a war zone but has now been retaken by the natural way of life. The Caprivi Strip is renowned as one of the best birding areas in Africa.
Day 7 9: Caprivi Strip Chobe - Victoria Falls
Today you will leave Namibia via the Ngoma Bridge and cross the Chobe River back into Botswana. You will immediately enter the Chobe National Park with a chance of seeing a spectacular variety of game including some of the worlds largest herds of Elephant, which will add to a day of excitement. You spend the next 2 nights at a game lodge in Kasane from where you will explore the Chobe River and the National Park in a boat or in a vehicle.
This morning you leave Kasane and head to Victoria Falls on a day excursion. During your time in Victoria Falls, there will be the opportunity to view this natural wonder, or take part in a number of adventure activities. Victoria Falls is known as "The Adventure Capital of Africa" and there are many highlights to choose from. You will return to Kasane to overnight.
Day 10: Chobe Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Leaving Victoria Falls you head back into Botswana and travel south via Nata and Francistown to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary where you will be spending the night. This Sanctuary is where the Rhinos of Botswana were taken for protection from poachers.
Day 11: Return to Johannesburg
After breakfast, you leave the Khama Rhino Sanctuary and cross the border for your self-drive back into South Africa.
Price list for Self-drive SUV Safari: Botswana Caprivi & Victoria Falls
Self drive Option
This 11 day classic self-drive is calculated for 2 guests in a 2x4 (SUV) car rental ex/to Johannesburg and sharing en-suite accommodation.
Rates are valid for 2012 / 2013 but may vary depending on the season and daily currency exchange rate.
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