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Botswana Kalahari & Okavango trip

A stunning self-drive Botswana journey which will show you the most special areas of this Southern African country.

Start and finish in Kasane. During this 4×4 self drive trip you will visit the Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, the Kalahari Desert (Central Kalahari Game Reserve) and the vast Makgadikgadi Pan and remarkable Kubu Island. It is also possible to extend your stay in Kasane or Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

The trip is available for 2 to 4 people per car. The default car is a Toyota Hilux 4×4 double cab 2.5 Diesel. The price for 5 people or more can be requested and depends on the local possibilities and space in the preferred car.

Advantages of self-drive 4×4 package trips

  • Including support and professional safari travel advice.
  • Including GPS use with the latest version of Tracks4Africa software and all 4×4 tracks, way points and destinations for your journey.
  • Including a complete insurance package without personal risk and with glass, tyre and off-road coverage for 100% security.
  • 12v220 inverter with USB.
  • Lonely Planet travel guide and clear Reise Know-How maps.
  • A perfectly planned travel itinerary with ideal travelling distances.

Route & itinerary

16 days
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Day 1: Kasane

Arrive in Kasane, Botswana, today. After picking up the 4×4, drive to the camp for your first night in Botswana. You can also go on a sunset cruise on Chobe River.

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Day 2: Caprivi (Kongola)

Today you will drive to Camp Kwando. Situated on a beautiful location near the Kwando river on the border between Namibia and Botswana.

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Day 3: Popa Falls/Okavango Delta (Bagani)

The journey to Ngepi Camp (Bagani) on the Okavango River in the Okavango Delta’s Pan Handle crosses straight through the Caprivi Strip.

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Day 4: Popa Falls/Okavango Delta (Bagani)

A relaxing day in Ngepi Camp. You can visit the Popa Falls or make a Mekoro excursion into the Okavango Delta. If you like simply relax a day in the camp.

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Day 5: Maun

After your stay at Ngepi, you will move on to Maun today. You will arrive there in the afternoon, and you’ll have time to buy supplies and fuel.

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Day 6: Central Kalahari Game Reserve/ Deception Valley

After Maun, the trip will take you on a long day’s journey to Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We advise you to leave early in the morning. The journey will take you south across the salt pans and on to a level stretch of tarmac, which is a welcome change. The turn-off to Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a dusty sand road. Upon arrival in the vast Kalahari Reserve, you will go on to deception valley.

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Day 7: Central Kalahari Game Reserve/ Sunday Pan

Two entire days for game drives in the Kalahari Desert. You can look for the Kalahari Lion with its dark manes, and you might see the rare brown hyenas. Jackals, Bat Eared Foxes and a Honey Badger are among the regular sights. Antelopes you’ll see are the Gemsbuck, with its long horns, and the Springbok. Both animals can survive in this arid desert area.

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Day 8: Central Kalahari Game Reserve/ Motopi

Today you will go to Motopi in the western part of the reserve. The drive to go there is one big game drive.

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Day 9: Maun

After Central Kalahari, you’ll get back to civilisation on the journey to Maun. The first part of the journey will take you across dirt roads, while the second part consists of tarmac roads. You have the option of travelling by Kuke Fence. However, this is a longer route.

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Day 10: Moremi Game Reserve/ Third Bridge

In the morning, there’s time to buy supplies and Diesel in Maun. Then, your self-drive safari will take you through Moremi Game Reserve and the Third Bridge Camp. Third Bridge is at the edge of the Okavango Delta. This day is perfect for game drives and spotting many safari animals that live in the Moremi Reserve. You have a good chance to spot lions, hyenas and leopards. Even elephants and antelopes. The camps in Botswana are not fenced, so various animals may visit the camp at night.

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Day 11: Moremi Game Reserve/Khwai

After the morning game drive you will go on through Moremi Game Reserve and the second camp, Khwai (North Gate). This day is also reserved for game drives and spotting the many safari animals living in the Moremi Reserve. In the afternoon, you will arrive at North Gate and the Khwai campsite. After setting up camp it’s time to relax and make an evening game drive along the Khwai River.

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Day 12: Chobe National Park/ Savuti

The 4×4 trip from Khwai in the Moremi Game Reserve to Chobe Savuti is one big game drive that will show you many animals. For any Botswana trip, it’s advisable to start early and go on another game drive around North Gate camp before you continue to Chobe National Park. In the afternoon, you will arrive at the Savuti Campsite. This part of Chobe is famous for its Bull Elephants and the Savuti Pride (pride of lions) living on the Savuti Marsh. The Savuti Channel running through the area to the Savuti Marsh was dry for many years, but it has seen running water the last few years. In the afternoon, there is plenty of time for an extensive game drive to discover this remarkable area of Botswana.

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Day 13: Chobe National Park/ Ihaha

After Chobe National Park Savuti you’ll travel to the northern part of Chobe National Park. On the sandy tracks the 4×4 is indispensable. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Ihaha, at the Chobe River shore.

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Day 14: Kasane / Victoria Falls

A short trip to Kasane. Here you will have two whole days off. You can take a day trip to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or spend the entire day driving through Chobe National Park.

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Day 15: Kasane / Victoria Falls

The second day in Kasane. You can take a day trip to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or spend the entire day driving through Chobe National Park.

Optionally you can skip the day trip to the Victoria Falls and instead cross the borders with the rental car and spend two nights in Victoria Falls. These costs are not included in the package deal.

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Day 16: Kasane (return flight)

The last day of your Botswana journey, after returning the 4×4 car, you will go on to your next destination.

Changing the itinerary?

It is always possible to adapt this journey to your personal wishes. Limiting the journey or adding an extra destination, is no problem at all.
We are happy to help!

Your 4x4 rental car

Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4

The default car is a Toyota Hilux 4×4 double cab 2.4 Diesel.  The Toyota Hilux double cab is the most perfect 4×4 rental car for a self-drive safari in Africa. Zowel voor 2 als voor 4 personen is de Hilux double cab de beste keuze. Available for both 2 and 4 people, the Hilux is the best choice. For travels with 5 people (two adults and three children) the Hilux double cab can also be used. If you’re with just two people, the back seat is especially useful for photo bags, day packs and supplies.

It has much space and comfort, and has sleeping places in the roof tent. This Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4 has a separate boot where you can safely store your travel bags, together with all the camping equipment for your self-drive journey in Southern Africa.

It is possible to upgrade car at extra costs. See all our 4×4 rental cars. 

Rates

Prices per person for various dates in 2018 and 2019.

5 January - 19 March, (2018)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 1.850,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.450,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.190,-

The trip is available for 2 to 4 people per car. The default car is a Toyota Hilux 4×4 double cab 2.5 Diesel. The price for 5 people or more can be requested and depends on the local possibilities and space in the preferred car. 4×4 cars (Land Cruiser, Land Rover, 4×4 camper) other than the default 4×4 car are available upon request.

20 March - 25 June, (2018)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 1.970,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.490,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.250,-

The trip is available for 2 to 4 people per car. The default car is a Toyota Hilux 4×4 double cab 2.5 Diesel. The price for 5 people or more can be requested and depends on the local possibilities and space in the preferred car. 4×4 cars (Land Cruiser, Land Rover, 4×4 camper) other than the default 4×4 car are available upon request.

26 June - 10 November, (2018)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 2.290,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.750,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.420,-

The trip is available for 2 to 4 people per car. The default car is a Toyota Hilux 4×4 double cab 2.5 Diesel. The price for 5 people or more can be requested and depends on the local possibilities and space in the preferred car. 4×4 cars (Land Cruiser, Land Rover, 4×4 camper) other than the default 4×4 car are available upon request.

11 November - 4 January, (2019)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 1.970,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.490,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.250,-

The trip is available for 2 to 4 people per car. The default car is a Toyota Hilux 4×4 double cab 2.5 Diesel. The price for 5 people or more can be requested and depends on the local possibilities and space in the preferred car. 4×4 cars (Land Cruiser, Land Rover, 4×4 camper) other than the default 4×4 car are available upon request.

Included

Toyota Hilux 4x4 Double Cab with complete camping & safari equipment
Two drivers
All accommodation during the journey
Zero Excess Insurance
GPS & latest Track4Africa software
12-220v inverter with USB
Lonely Planet Guide & Reise Know-How map(s)
Advise by experienced self drive specialists
Airport transfers
Support

Not included

International Flights
Entry Fees
Fuel
Food & Drinks
Upgrades to fixed (luxury) accommodations
Upgrade Toyota Landcruiser or Hilux 3.0 (automatic) or Toyota Fortuner (automatic)

Highlights

10 / 10

Skillful people

It was a really good experience and they are skillful to plan and give quick response with answers.

Good knowledge of Africa and the countries there. What to visit and they plan the trip so it suits the customer.
Quick response when you have questions.

Christer Jonson

10 / 10

Excellent

Excellent from start to finish. We were well prepared for the trip, and everything was as advertised.

Anonymous

10 / 10

Perfect organization

Selfdrive4x4.com offers the perfect organization of the trip for selfdrivers.

Strengths

Very easy handling, good communication.

Franziska

10 / 10

Perfect

Perfect, I would recommend it to everybody to work together with it.

Strengths

Friendly people – very fast in answering questions – high knowlede about the things you need at your destination and for a 4×4 driving holiday – easy to comunicate with.

Improvements or suggestions

Right know for my use it was perfect. Especially since I am not next door, and just worked together via internet and phone.

 

Niedereder Raimund

10 / 10

We would recommend Selfdrive4x4.com to our friends

We booked a last minute 17 day self drive trip through Namibia with this company and everything was just perfect. Contact with the company was very pleasant and they kept us posted with updates about the progress of our trip. Gps, maps, book and 12V equipment was sent to our home as soon as our trip was confirmed.

Price wise it was a great deal and everything in Namibia (car and layovers) were to our satisfaction. We would definitely book again with this company and we would recommend it to our friends.

Reinier