14-day Ultimate Botswana Self-drive Safari

Ultimate Botswana Self-drive Safari
Ultimate Botswana Self-drive Safari

In 14 days, the Ultimate Botswana Self-drive Safari goes to the Okavango, Savute, Chobe National Park and the Caprivi Strip

From US$4609 pp (Our pricing)
14 days
Botswana, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Caprivi
13 nights accommodation; meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary; 14 days car hire (Toyota Hilux); vehicle drop off/delivery fee; vehicle insurance (maximum cover); safari and sight-seeing activities as indicated in the itinerary

Tour Brief

The Ultimate Botswana Self-drive Safari offers the best of Botswana in an exciting adventure package including the Okavango Delta ; the big game territory of Savute and Khwai inside the game rich Chobe National Park ; and in Namibia's wetlands, the Caprivi .

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Maun

Upon arrival into Maun Airport, you will be met and will receive your hire car. From Maun you will then drive about 20 minutes to Thamalakane River Lodge where you can enjoy an afternoon's rest beside the beautiful river.

Thamalakane Lodge is a comfortable lodge away from the hubbub of Maun on the banks of the Thamalakane River. The stone and thatch chalets have en suite bathrooms, private splash pools and a great view of the river with its chirruping birdlife and hippos grunting beneath the lilies.

Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge

Day 2 and 3: Okavango Delta

After breakfast, you will self drive to Shakawe River Lodge (+/- 5hours), where you will stay for two nights. It is recommended that you detour to Tsodillo Hills en-route.

Shakawe River lodge is located on the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, near Shakawe village (about 23 km from the Namibian border). The lodge offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere along the Okavango River in an area rich in birdlife, with excellent photographic and fishing opportunities.

Accommodation: Shakawe River Lodge

Day 4 and 5: Caprivi, Namibia

After breakfast, you will self drive to Nkasa Lupala – Caprivi Namibia (+/- 6 hours), where you will stay for two nights. Please note: we recommend a game drive in Mahango Game Reserve en-route to Nkasa Lupala (park entrance for Mahango payable direct).

Nkasa Lupala tented lodge is situated in the Wuparo community conservancy 130km west of Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi Region of northen Namibia. The lodge is less than 500m from the Mamili NP (Naksa Lupala NP) border and the fact that there is no fence will allow large mammals and other animals to roam freely in the vicinity of the lodge.

Accommodation: Nkasa Lupala

Day 6, 7 and 8: Chobe National Park

After breakfast, you will self drive to Chobe Elephant Camp (+/- 4 hours), where you will stay for 3 nights.

Located high on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the famous Chobe River is the newly developed Chobe Elephant Camp. This uniquely designed lodge has been built to take advantage of the incredible views overlooking the sweeping floodplains while offering a comfortable refuge from the harsh African conditions.

Accommodation: Chobe Elephant Camp

Day 9 and 10: Savute, Chobe National Park

Following breakfast you will self drive to Ghoha Hills Camp (+/- 4hours), where you will stay for 2 nights.

Ghoha Hills Camp is perched high on the Ghoha Hills, overlooking the vast expanse of Savute within the Chobe National Park. The lodge is situated 20km from the Savute Channel (approx 45mins from airstrip) and with the elevated position, offers breathtaking views, unique in Botswana. The Camp has been designed to take full advantage of the views whether dining in the guest areas, taking a swim or sitting on the balcony of the chalets.

Accommodation: Ghoha Hills Camp

Day 11 and 12: Khwai, Chobe National Park

After breakfast, you will self drive from Ghoha Hills Camp to Sango Safari Lodge (+/- 4 hours), where you will stay for 2 nights.

Sango Safari Camp is nestled in the shade of the trees overlooking the Khwai River. Situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, the camp offers guests the perfect base from which to explore the wildlife and culture of this unique habitat.

Accommodation: Sango Safari Lodge

Day 13: Maun

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you will self drive to Maun. We recommend paying park fees at North Gate and driving through the Moremi Game Reserve en route (+/- 4 hours from North Gate to South Gate on the cutline). On arrival in Maun, you will stay at Thamalakane River Lodge for one night.

Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge

Day 14: End of self-drive safari

After breakfast you will self drive to Maun Airport for vehicle drop off and for your onward travel arrangements.

Talk to your Travel Expert about adding on Victoria Falls or tailoring any part of this wonderful self-drive safari to suit your exact requirements.

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Recent Reviews of This Tour

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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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