12-day Botswana Wetlands and Wildlife Self-drive Safari

Botswana Wetlands and Wildlife Self-drive Safari
Botswana Wetlands and Wildlife Self-drive Safari

From the Chobe River to the vast Makgadikgadi salt pans; then to the lush Okavango Delta and the African plains of the Kalahari - the variety of habitats and scenery is astounding on this 12-day self-drive tour of Botswana.

From US$3608 pp (Our pricing)
12 days
Botswana, Victoria Falls, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
11 nights accommodation; meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary; safari and sight-seeing activities as indicated in the itinerary; excludes car hire

Tour Brief

The 12-day Botswana Wetlands and Wildlife Self-drive Safari combines the freedom to explore the game reserves in your own time and the expertise of the guided activities of each safari lodge.

Your self-drive safari starts in the Chobe National Park with a quick 1-day visit to the action-packed Victoria Falls . From there you travel back to the Chobe National Park , then to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park , the wetlands areas of the Okavango Delta and into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve . The game viewing is excellent and the scenery is diverse and sensational. The adventure and excitement runs high throughout this self-drive trip.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 and 2: Chobe National Park

    After crossing the border into Botswana, you will self drive to Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane, where you will stay for 2 nights.

    Chobe Safari Lodge is situated on the border of Chobe National Park close to the small town of Kasane, which lies at the northern apex of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Caprivi. Due to the lodge's proximity to Chobe National Park, you can have a game viewing experience from your balcony.

    Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge

  • Day 3: Victoria Falls

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to Ilala Lodge by road where you will stay for one night.

    Ilala Lodge is situated close to the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe as well as to the town centre. Wild animals are often seen grazing the hotel lawns as the National Park borders the front of the property.

    Accommodation: Ilala Lodge

  • Day 4: Chobe National Park

    After breakfast and an optional morning activity, you will be transferred by road to Chobe Safari Lodge, where you will stay for one night on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

    Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge

  • Day 5 and 6: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

    After breakfast, you will self drive to Planet Baobab, where you will stay for two nights.

    Situated close to the village of Gweta, (also charmingly known as "The Place of the Bullfrogs"), on the Francistown-Maun road and sheltered by a grove of gigantic baobabs, Planet Baobab offers a welcoming base from which to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans system.

    Planet Baobab combines style with comfort whilst remaining true to its traditional African inspiration. Accommodation styles vary, with Bushman grass huts, palatial Kalanga mud huts (with en-suite bathrooms) traditionally painted with amazing designs and a shady campsite where you can pitch your own tents.

    Accommodation: Planet Baobab

  • Day 7: Maun

    After the day 7 itinerary as explained above, you will self drive to Thamalakane River lodge in Maun where you will stay for one night.

    Thamalakane River Lodge (formerly known as Lehututu Lodge) is situated on the Thamalakane River, 19km from Maun, on the road to Moremi Game Reserve. The lodge is built in stone and thatch and is nestled under tall trees on the banks of the river. Thamalakane River Lodge offers an escape from Maun in tranquil surroundings, yet with the convenience of proximity to town.

    Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge

  • Day 8 and 9: Okavango Delta

    After breakfast you will self drive to Maun Airport for their transfer by light aircraft to Mapula Lodge where you will stay for two nights. If you prefer to leave their vehicle at Thamalakane River Lodge, airport transfers can be pre-arranged at an additional cost.

    Mapula Lodge is situated in the north-western floodplains of the Okavango Delta in a private concession offering 12 000 hectares of prime game viewing area. The lodge occupies a stunning position set on the edge of seasonal floodplains and overlooks a permanent lagoon complete with resident hippos.

    Accommodation: Mapula Lodge

  • Day 10 and 11: Central Kalahari Game Reserve

    After breakfast, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun Airport. You will self drive from Maun to Edos Camp near Ghanzi, where you will stay for two nights.

    Edo's Camp is a small tented camp situated on a 1200 km² game conservancy in the northwest Kalahari. The camp overlooks an active waterhole based on a natural pan that is part of an ancient river system between Namibia and Botswana, within the Kalahari's fossil dunes.

    Accommodation: Edos Camp

  • Day 12: Gobabis, Namibia

    After breakfast, you will self drive to Namibia via Gobabis, for your onward travel arrangements.

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“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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