Maun is the gateway to the Okavango and the best place to stock up on supplies for your journey. You can either fly into Maun and then pick up your 4x4 vehicle rental, or arrange a self-drive safari from Johannesburg or Gaborone and enjoy an extended trip en-route to Maun.
There are 2 gateways to Moremi, South Gate and North Gate with various scenic road routes between them for game drives and visiting different areas. From South Gate you can drive directly to Xakanaxa Camp, or you can travel via Third Bridge to Xakanaxa, and then onto North Gate at Khwai, passing a beautiful area known as Hippo Pools. Near North Gate is a Mopane pole bridge which you will have to cross in order to exit Moremi at this gate.
Route suggestion from South Africa: Johannesburg, Gaborone, Khama Rhino Sanctuary at Serowe, Francistown, Makgadikgadi Pans, Maun
Combination Itinerary: Xakanaxa, Savute, Chobe, Kasane, Victoria Falls, Johannesburg
Route suggestion from South Africa: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Pont Drift Border Post / Platjan Border Post / Martin's Drift, Northern Tuli Game Reserve
Combination Itineraries: Tuli, Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Serowe, Francistown, Makgadikgadi Pans, Maun, Xakanaxa, Savute, Chobe, Kasane, Victoria Falls // Tuli and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve// Tuli and Mapungubwe National Park plus Kruger National Park in South Africa
The Tuli Block which incorporates the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, is quite different from the rest of Botswana - it's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Steeped in history, Tuli features rugged and immense landscapes with unusual landmarks, open grasslands, riverine forests and marshland.
This corner of Africa is formed by the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. You'll see plenty of big game especially Lion and Elephant, Cheetah and even Leopard, Hyena, herds of Eland and many other species plus prolific birdlife on an exciting range of activities.
Mashatu Main Camp is located deep in the bush and built around a central waterhole. Main Camp is well suited to families and also features a Discovery Room filled with interesting finds. You can enjoy game drives, mountain biking, horse riding, walking safaris, specialist activities and cultural visits.
Tuli Safari Lodge is set on the banks of the Limpopo River with a backdrop of sandstone rocks. Listening to the lodge choir is a highlight when visiting this friendly and welcoming lodge. Activities include game drives (also after dinner drives on request), guided bush walks, day trips and excursions plus horse riding nearby.
Driving in Botswana is an adventure and you can enjoy an expedition to remember, especially with a 4x4 which allows you to discover more rural delights. You will need experience and a fully equipped 4x4 stocked with water, food, fuel and supplies to see you through any situation.
Petrol stations can be found in the main towns but not in the bush. You will have to calculate your petrol requirements well in advance and stock up, as the use of air-con and engaging lower gears will eat into your reserves.
In Botswana you drive on the left-hand side. The main connecting roads are tarred and the speed limit is 120km (74 miles) per hour, with a minimum of 60km (37 miles) per hour in towns and villages. It is advised to travel below 40km (25 miles) per hour in the wilderness for safety.