Best of Botswana - Self Drive Safari

Situated in the centre of southern Africa, Botswana lies at about 950 metres above sea level and more than 600 kilometres from the nearest coast. The country’s most striking features are its flatness and aridity.

The safari concentrates in the Northern Botswana region which is ideal for 4x4 over-lander country, the area consists of some of the best and wildest game reserves in Africa.

The secret to a fantastic Exploration is your guide. The guides we recommend are passionate, experienced and highly trained local individuals who make the whole journey seamless and interpretive from start to finish.
From R 7 656
Highlights
  • Waterberg Wilderness Reserve
  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Chobe National Park
  • Nxai Pans National Park

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Description
JHB to Waterberg Wilderness Reserve - 250 km (3 hours)
Day 1

The Waterberg mountain range is situated in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is one of the most pristine, scenic and wildlife rich areas in South Africa. Positioned on the Eastern side of the Waterberg range the Waterberg Wilderness reserve is only 2.5 hours from Johannesburg and conveniently positioned half way to Botswana. Due to the rugged nature of the reserve which is
typical of the Waterberg, a 4×4 vehicle or vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended to access the property. In the wet season a 4×4 vehicle is often essential.

Certain areas of the Waterberg Wilderness Reserve offer spectacular views over the surrounding hills and valleys and exploring the impressive gorges with natural streams and pools is certainly a highlight. The reserve is ideal for the more active with some beautiful walks and potential mountain bike trails.

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CampingOff Road / 4x4
Camping
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Waterberg Wilderness Reserve - Khama Rhino Sanctuary 400 km (4.5 hours)
Day 2

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources.

The camping and chalet facilities at Mokongwa Camp are a short drive from the Entrance Gate and are accessible without a four-wheel drive. There are 13 campsites, including sites for large groups. The central feature of each site is a large Mokongwa tree which provides both character and shade. There is also a fireplace, braai stand with grill, and tap with birdbath.

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CampingGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4
Mokongwa Camp
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Central Kalahari Game Reserve - Deception and Letihua Valley 450 km (6 hours)
Day 3 AND 4

Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world, the 52,800 km is situated right in the centre of Botswana, this reserve is characterised by saltpans and ancient riverbeds. Varying from sand dunes with many species of trees and shrubs in the north, to flat bushveld in the central area, the reserve is more heavily wooded in the south, with mophane forests to the south and east. Rainfall is sparse and sporadic and can vary from 170 to 700 mm per year. Camping in the wild with limited facilities.

Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world, stretching 1,560 miles (2,500km) from the northern part of South Africa, through Namibia and Angola and ending in the DRC (Congo). It may have no permanent surface water, but unlike the image of most deserts, the Kalahari is well vegetated with a wide variety of habitats including acacia trees and areas of flat grasslands that seem to stretch forever.

AT A GLANCE
CampingGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Camping
2
Self Catering
Location Map
Nxai Pans 250 km (5 hours)
Day 5

In the wet season the pans come alive with the plains game attracted by the nutritious grasses. Closely following are the predators. In the dry season large herds are drawn to the only water supply in hundreds of kilometers. Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks offer the openness and seasonal migration of zebras from Chobe towards Central Kalahari and abundance of exotic birds.

Nxai National Park is located on the Northern fringe of the Makgadikgadi basin and includes Nxai pan, an ancient lake bed that was once part of ancient Lake Makgadikgadi. Nxai Pan National Park Consists of series of fossils pans acacia tress on islands that form shady spots for the animals to rest during hot weather. South Camp Campsite is situated not far from the second entrance gate in a well shaded area.

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CampingGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Nxai South Camp
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Maun - Okavango Delta
Day 6

Audi Camp is 12 kilometers north of Maun, on the road toward the Moremi Game Reserve, located on the banks of the Thamalakane river – the southernmost tributary of the Okavango Delta. They have luxury en-suite tents on raised wooden decking overlooking the river, mini-meru tents with beds, lights, their own fire places and cooking area. Large dome tents with stretcher beds. They also have many shaded camping areas and some of the sites have power points. They have a bar and a la carte restaurant. Maun offers good shops and facility to stock up and prepare for the following days of remote camping and no facilities.

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Bars / RestaurantsSwimming PoolCampingOff Road / 4x4Sight SeeingShopping
Audi Camp
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Moremi Game Reserve 250 km (5 hours)
Day 7 AND 8

The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems. It’s headwaters start in Angola’s western highlands, with numerous tributaries joining to form the Cubango river, which then flows through Namibia (called the Kavango) and finally enters Botswana, where it is then called the Okavango.

Third Bridge camp site is located on the Western side of Moremi Game Reserve along the off stream of Moanachira River. Third Bridge camp site can be accessed along a 58km route North Westly direction through some diverse scenery across first and second bridge. Third Bridge offers much more of the wilderness experience than most of Southern African camping grounds with unspoiled wilderness and top destination. Wild camping with ablution facilities and excellent positioning.

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CampingGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Third Bridge Camp
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Moremi Game Reserve 100km (3 hours)
Day 9

Moremi, hunted by the Bushman as long as 10,000 years ago, was initiated by the Batswana tribe and covers some 4,871 km2, as the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. It combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes
Moremi so well known. The khawai river is well known for wildlife and offers some of the best viewing in Southern Africa.

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CampingGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Khwai Community Camp
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Chobe National Park 190 km (5 hours)
Day 10

Savuti Camp lies on the Savute Channel in northern Botswana, a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savute Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and Savuti Camp now has front-row seats to view the abundant game that has congregated and adapted in its wake.

Game concentrations here are high, particularly in the winter dry season, and apart from abundant plains game, species such as roan and sable antelope, southern giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal and wild dog may also be encountered. In winter, this area can also be excellent for the sought-after aardvark and aardwolf, which are big ticks on anyone’s mammal lists!

AT A GLANCE
CampingGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Savuti Camp
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Chobe National Park 200 km (6 hours)
Day 11

The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square kilometers, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. Game viewing is exceptional.

This is a relatively new camping ground with modern facilities, an attractive reception office and is more remote in nature than most far. It is one of the two newest campsites in Botswana and is further up stream than the old Serondella. Ihaha is the only place you can camp on the Chobe river front in the Chobe National Park.

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CampingGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Ihaha Camp
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Chobe National Park
Day 12

Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on their doorstep in the meeting of four African Countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The Famous Safari Lodge campsite offers individual sites scattered amongst the Riverrene forest close to the Chobe River. Each Site has its own power point and is close to one of the modern ablution facilities. The Sedudu Bar Overlooks the river and floodplains, and is well known as “the” sundowner spot in the region. The boat trip is worthwhile.

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Bars / RestaurantsCampingGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4
Chobe Safari Lodge Camping
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Nata Sanctuary 380 km (4.5 hours)
Day 13

This area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands and forms the Great Makgadikagidi which comprise the largest area of salt pans in the world covering some 37 000 sq km in overall extent. It is the last vestiges of Africa’s largest inland sea and exudes an atmosphere of antiquity and mystery.

The Nata River delta feeds the Sua Pan in the Nata sanctuary and forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands, transforming the shore line into a pink haze blending into the western sky. Nata Lodge offers guided tours in open safari vehicles into the sanctuary, not to be missed.

The campsite surroundings offer peace and tranquility with backdrop being that of the Botswana night sky.

AT A GLANCE
CampingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Nata Lodge Camping
1
Self Catering
Location Map
Tuli Game Reserve 300 km (4 hours)
Day 14

The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is located in the easternmost corner of Botswana, close to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site in South Africa. Here is a unique, timeless corner of Africa where nature and culture combine in spectacular wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating history. Set in spacious gardens along the banks of the Limpopo River against a backdrop of stunning
sandstone outcrops, Tuli Safari Lodge is also unique. Here the welcome is genuinely warm and the ambience is charmingly ageless.

Each day brings a new adventure as Tuli offers a truly authentic wildlife experience. Here roams the largest elephant population on private land in Africa, together with leopard, cheetah, wild dog and lion, vast herds of plains game and over 350 bird species.

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Bars / RestaurantsSwimming PoolHotel / LodgeGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Tuli Tented Lodge
1
Self Catering
Location Map
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