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South Africa, Botswana & Zambia trip

Go on a one way 4×4 journey north with this trip. Start in South Africa and end in Livingstone in Zambia. Optionally, you can also head for Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

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 of time: book this self-drive package deal, which includes, among other things, camping spots in Moremi and Chobe National Parks.

This Botswana self drive journey includes a number or locations that can easily be upgraded to lodge or en-suite safari tent accommodations. That way, you can swap the adventurous camps for more comfort when you want to.

Advantages of self-drive 4×4 package trips

  • Inclusive support and professional advice safari trip
  • Inclusive GPS with Tracks4Africa software and all 4×4 waypoints and destinations for your trip
  • Inclusive CDW2 insurance with Zero Excess
  • A perfectly mapped route with optimal travel distances
  • SGR cover for pre-paid funds (incl. Sicherungsschein for Germany)
Botswana Olifanten
Kubu Island Botswana


  • 1: Johannesburg
  • 2: Marakele National Park
  • 3: Mapungubwe National Park
  • 4: Mapungubwe National Park
  • 5: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • 6: Makgadikgadi/Kubu Island
  • 7: Gweta
  • 8: Maun
  • 9: Moremi Game Reserve (Third Bridge)
  • 10: Moremi Game Reserve (Khwai)
  • 11: Chobe National Park (Savuti)
  • 12: Chobe National Park (Ihaha)
  • 13: Kasane
  • 14: Livingstone (Zambia)
  • 15: Livingstone (Victoria Falls)
  • 16: Return flight
house icon white 5 nights Lodge or B&B accommodation
tipi tent icon white 10 nights camping
car icon white 14 days 4x4 car rental

Route & itinerary


Day 1: Johannesburg

The first day or your journey, and your arrival in Johannesburg. Arrival time 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. You stay at Sunrock Guest House.

Accommodation: B&B. Travel distance: arrival day.


Day 2: Marakele National Park

Begin this self-drive trip through Botswana and South Africa with a night in the Waterberg Wilderness on the road north to Mapungubwe National Park. You can make the first game drives here, and get familiar with the 4×4 and the camping gear. You stay at Bontle Restcamp.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 180 km.


Day 3: Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe is a relatively young and undiscovered National Park. It has also historical value because the Mapungubwe people have lived here. The location on the border of Zimbabwe and Botswana and the confluence of the Sashe and Limpopo Rivers make for a spectacular view. In addition, you’ll have a good chance of seeing elephants and even some rhinos. Lions and leopards also call the park their home. Go on game drives and relax in the camp, enjoy the sunset and a campsite barbecue. You stay at Mazhou Campsite.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 300 km.


Day 4: Mapungubwe National Park

Another night at Mazhou Campsite. A while day in Mapungubwe National Park. Go e.g. on game drives or one of the optional excursions, like a hike with a ranger.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: resting day.


Day 5: Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Travel 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 waterholes from the hide.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 150 km.


Day 6: Makgadikgadi/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.


Day 7: Gweta

Drive North and 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. Explore Gweta in the afternoon or relax at the pool.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 110 km.



Day 8: Maun

A short drive to Maun. After 6 nights of camping, there is a lodge for this night. You can also arrange various things for your journey in Maun, like buying supplies and filling up with diesel for the coming days of wildlife reserves. You stay at Discovery B&B.

Accommodation: B&B. Travel distance: 200 km.


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.


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 e.g. relax or go on an evening game drive along the Khwai River.

Accommodation: camping. Travel distance: 60 km.


Day 11: Chobe National Park (Savuti)

Travel north from Moremi and deep into Chobe National Park. The 4×4 is indispensable on the sandy tracks. Arrive in Savuti Campsite 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.


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 Campsite. 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.


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: lodge. Travel distance: 40 km.


Day 14: Livingstone (Zambia)

Deliver the car to the rental agency in the morning, before continuing to Zambia. Arrive at your lodge in Livingstone around noon. You stay at Zambezi Waterfront Lodge.

Accommodation: Hotel with B&B. Travel distance: 80 km.

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


Day 15: Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

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

Accommodation: Hotel with B&B. Travel distance: resting day.


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.

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

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.

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.

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 is possible to upgrade car at extra costs.

Check here all our 4×4 rental cars.


Prices per person for various dates in 2022 and 2023. The South Africa, Botswana and Zambia Self Drive trip is available for 2 to 4 people per car. The default car is a Toyota Hilux 4×4 double cab 2.4 Diesel. The price for 5 people or more can for example be requested and depends on the local possibilities and space in the preferred car. 4×4 cars (e.g. Land Cruiser or 4×4 camper) other than the default 4×4 car are available upon request.

26 June - 10 November, (2022)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 2.380,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.890,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.570,-

Optional CDW (Zero Excess) insurance incl. tires and glass € 310,- per trip.

11 November - 4 January, (2023)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 1.990,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.620,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.370,-

Optional CDW (Zero Excess) insurance incl. tires and glass € 310,- per trip.

5 January - 19 March, (2023)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 1.890,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.550,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.340,-

Optional CDW (Zero Excess) insurance incl. tires and glass € 310,- per trip.

20 March - 30 June, (2023)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 1.990,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.620,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.370,-

Optional CDW (Zero Excess) insurance incl. tires and glass € 310,- per trip.

1 July - 10 November, (2023)

  • 2 people Rate per person € 2.390,-
  • 3 people Rate per person € 1.890,-
  • 4 people Rate per person € 1.590,-

Optional CDW (Zero Excess) insurance incl. tires and glass € 310,- per trip.


Toyota Hilux 4x4 Double Cab with complete camping & safari equipment
All accommodation during the journey
Two drivers
GPS & Tracks4Africa software
Advise by experienced self drive specialists
Airport transfers

Not included

International Flights
Entry Fees
Food & Drinks
Upgrades to fixed (luxury) accommodations
Upgrade to Toyota Landcruiser or 4x4 camper unit instead of roof-top tent
Zero Excess insurance


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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

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10 / 10

Perfect organization

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


Very easy handling, good communication.


10 / 10


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


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

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