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About the South Africa, Botswana & Victoria Falls Self Drive 16 Days

Follow the footsteps of David Livingstone on this 16-day 4×4 adventure from Johannesburg to Botswana and the Victoria Falls! Go on a one way 4×4 journey north with this trip. Start in South Africa and end at the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Optionally, you can head for Livingstone in Zambia. This trip includes bookings for National Parks in South Africa and Botswana. It is perfect for adventurous travellers who like the main part and the accommodations booked in advance. Prevent disappointments at National Parks and save yourself a lot or time: book this self-drive package deal, which includes, among other things, camping spots in Moremi and Chobe National Parks.

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.

Itinerary

  • 1 Johannesburg
  • 2 Pilanesberg National Park
  • 3 Pilanesberg National Park 
  • 4 Marakele National Park
  • 5 Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • 6 Kubu Island
  • 7 Gweta
  • 8 Maun
  • 9 Moremi Game Reserve Third Bridge
  • 10 Moremi Game Reserve Khwai 
  • 11 Savuti
  • 12 Chobe National Park/Ihaha
  • 13 Kasane
  • 14 Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
  • 15 Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
  • 16 Return flight 

Route & itinerary

16 days
1

Day 1 Johannesburg

The first day or your journey, and your arrival in Johannesburg. Arrival time or course depends on your flight: KLM arrives in the evening while most other airlines fly by night and arrive on the morning or the first travel day.

Accommodation: B&B

2

Day 2 Pilanesberg National Park

This Botswana and South Africa self-drive starts with 2 nights in Pilanesberg National Park. Make your first game drives here and familiarise yourself with the 4×4 and the camping gear.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 180 km.

3

Day 3 Pilanesberg National Park 

Game drives and relaxation, enjoy the sunset and a barbecue on the campsite.

Accommodation: camping.

4

Day 4 Marakele National Park

A short drive to the Marakele National Park. You will arrive here late in the morning. In the afternoon you have time to discover the park with the 4×4.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 120 km.

5

Day 5 Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Travel from Marakele National Park farther north to the Kharma Rhino Sanctuary. Depending on when you leave, you will arrive in the afternoon. See the last rhinos of Botswana here: if you’re lucky, you’ll see several on the game drive through the park or at one of the watering places from the hide.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 360 km.

6

Day 6 Kubu Island

Kubu Island in the Makgadikgadi salt pans is the next destination in Botswana. The journey will first take you across gravel and tarmac roads, but after that the real 4×4 adventure begins with a winding track across stretches of salt pans. After various cattle fences you will be able to see Kubu Island on the horizon. The campsite is simple and located near the island. Discover Kubu Island on foot and enjoy the big view and a stunning sunset.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 250 km.

7

Day 7 Gweta

Head straight across the Ntwetwe pan today, which is definitely one of the main attractions of this self-drive journey. The dusty journey will be rewarded with a stay at Planet Baobab in Gweta. Accommodation: camping. Explore Gweta in the afternoon or relax at the pool.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 110 km.

8

Day 8 Maun

A short drive to Maun. After 6 nights of camping there is a lodge for this night. You can arrange various things for your journey in Maun, like buying supplies and tanking Diesel for the coming days of wildlife reserves.

Accommodation: chalet. Travel distance: 200 km.

9

Day 9 Moremi Game Reserve Third Bridge

After spending the morning in Maun, continue to the Moremi Game Reserve. Third Bridge, at the border of the Okavango Delta, is today’s destination. After you’ve crossed Buffalo Fence, this day will be filled with game drives and spotting the safari animals of the reserve. You have a good chance of seeing lions, hyenas, and leopards, just as elephants and antelopes. The campsites in Botswana do not have fences, so various animals will visit the camp during the day and in the night.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 130 km.

10

Day 10 Moremi Game Reserve Khwai 

The 4×4 journey from 3rd Bridge to Khwai in the Moremi Game Reserve is one big game drive where you’ll see many animals. We advise you to start early so you can make another game drive loop around the Savuti camp before you go on to the Moremi Reserve. Arrive at North Gate and the Khwai campsite in the afternoon. After setting up camp, you can relax or go on an evening game drive along the Khwai River.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 60 km.

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Day 11 Savuti

Travel north from Moremi and deep into Chobe National Park. The 4×4 is indispensable on the sandy tracks. Arrive in Savuti in the afternoon. This part of Chobe is well-known for its bull elephants and the Savuti Pride (a lion pride) living in the Savuti Marsh. Savuti Channel, running through the area and ending in the Savuti Marsh, was dry for many years, but water has been running through for several years now. In the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time for an extensive game drive and continue to explore this remarkable region of Botswana.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 110 km.

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Day 12 Chobe National Park/Ihaha

A bumpy ride across dirt roads leads straight through Chobe National Park to Ihaha at the Chobe River. You can make a game drive in the morning before you head for Ihaha. In addition to seeing the many kinds of antelopes, it’s very likely you’ll meet lions, elephants, and bison.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 140 km.

13

Day 13 Kasane

Head east next, and follow the Chobe River to Kasane. On the way you have a good chance of spotting animals, like elephants at watering places. Arrive at the Chobe Safari Lodge in the afternoon, where you can go on a sunset cruise on the Chobe River.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 40 km.

14

Day 14 Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Deliver the car to the rental agency in the morning, before continuing to Zimbabwe. Arrive at your hotel in Victoria Falls around noon.

Accommodation: Hotel. Travel distance: 80 km.

Optionally travel to Livingstone in Zambia, rather than Victoria Falls Zimbabwe!

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Day 15 Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

An entire day off to relax at the hotel, go on an excursion like rafting on the Zambezi River, and of course visit the Victoria Falls!

Accommodation: Hotel.

16

Day 16 Return flight 

The last day of the journey. In the morning, you will be escorted from the hotel to the airport for your return flight.

Travel distance 25 km.

Changing itinerary

All self drive trips can be adjusted to your personal requirements. Staying somewhere for a day longer or adding another destination is not a problem.
Ask us about the possibilities and we are happy to help you!

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.

11 November - 4 January, (2019)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 1.870,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.490,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.290,-

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.

5 January - 19 March, (2019)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 1.870,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.490,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.290,-

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, (2019)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 1.870,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.490,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.290,-

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, (2019)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 2.090,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.670,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.440,-

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 4x4 camper unit instead of roof-top tent

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

Adequate hulp

Selfdrive4x4.com biedt adequate en deskundige hulp bij zowel het plannen van het reisschema, het regelen van autohuur en het daarbij horende papierwerk (verzekeringen, transfers) en het vastleggen van de camping- en lodge-locaties.

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