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21 Days Self-Drive Safari in Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe

  • Windhoek - Ghanzi - Okavango Delta - Moremi Game Reserve - Khwai - Chobe National Park - Kasane - Victoria Falls - Okavango River - Etosha National Park

Independently Thrilling Safari Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe

Experience an independent tour of two dramatically different countries, starting and finishing in Windhoek, Namibia. You will be taken to some places you probably wouldn't go on your own. You will have the adventure of driving your own vehicle, giving you more independence and your own space, but with the security and camaraderie of traveling with a small group in your convoy. You will also have an amazing opportunity to see the best of the countries you visit affordably, without the risk of missing the best of the region by lack of local knowledge.

Highlights

  • Self-drive game viewings
  • Etosha National Park exploration
  • An overnight visit to Victoria Falls
  • 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, and 19 dinners
  • Botswana's national park entry fees
  • Botswana guide in national parks
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 20 nights' accommodation
  • 20 activity days
  • English
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Your accommodation during this safari will mostly be in camps, while the rest will be in a hotel and some guest houses. You must have camping experience for this trip. Some of the camps will be in organized campsites with facilities and some will be bush camps. The facilities will include long drop toilets and bush showers which have a lot of water after the fire gets the water warm. You will also stay at some guest houses on the way and you can upgrade to a lodge at some locations at an additional cost.

When you bush camp, there will be a coupe of toilet tents being set up. Each vehicle will get a magic toilet, a small pop up loo that can be use in the tent if needed. You will also be provided with roof top or ground tents, bedding, linen, towels, fridge, water tank, as well as cooking and camping equipment. The hotel you will be staying at is The Vic Falls Hotel. It features 161 rooms and suites with exceptional facilities, including complimentary Wi-Fi for all guests. All the rooms are precisely the same lavish size and style with their own central courtyard, private lounge, exclusive check-in area, and direct access to the front lawns.

Day 1

You will arrive in Windhoek, Namibia and be transferred to a guest house and have a welcome dinner in a restaurant.

Day 2

You will be picked up by a 4 x 4, buy provisions, and then have dinner at the guest house.

Day 3

You will head to Botswana and stay overnight in a camp in Ghanzi.

Day 4

You will arrive in Maun and stay in a camp.

Day 5

Your game viewing will start today with a guide in Moremi National Park. At night, you will stay in a camp.

Day 6

You will have a game viewing in Moremi. Your night will be spent in a camp.

Day 7

You will drive through Moremi to Khwai and enjoy a game viewing on the way. After that, you will stay overnight in a bush camp.

Day 8

You will drive to Savuti in Chobe National Park. On the way to the park, you will enjoy a game viewing. After that, you will spend the night in a camp.

Day 9

You will be taken to a game viewing activity around Savuti and then spend the night in a camp.

Day 10

You will drive to Kasane and then stay in a camp.

Day 11

You will leave your car and be transferred to Victoria Falls, the smoke of thunders. After that, you will have lunch, high tea, or a drink at the colonial style Vic Falls Hotel. You will spend your night at the hotel.

Day 12

You will return by lunch time to Kasane and stay overnight in a camp.

Day 13

You will be back to Namibia to your camp on the Okavango River.

Day 14

You will rest for the day in your camp.

Day 15

You will drive along the Caprivi Strip to a campsite not far from Grootfontein. There will be an afternoon visit to Bushman village. After that, you will stay overnight in your camp.

Day 16

You will go onto the border of Estosha National Park and then spend the night in a camp.

Day 17

You will have a day to explore the eastern side of Estosha and then drive out onto the pan. After that, you will arrive in your camp next to Okaukejo's waterhole.

Day 18

In Estosha, you will relax by the waterhole where you can watch game all day and all night. You can also relax by a pool and read a book or explore more tracks. You will still stay overnight in a camp.

Day 19

You will have one more day to explore Estosha National Park. After that, you will stay overnight in your camp.

Day 20

You will travel back to Windhoek and drop off the 4 x 4 pack up. You will enjoy a delicious dinner at a guest house and stay overnight.

Day 21

You will be transferred and depart for home.

  • A visit to a small village pre-school and school that Self Drive Adventures supports
  • Spending time with the dramatic Himba tribe of Koakoland

During this safari, you will be taken to Windhoek, Ghanzi, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai, Chobe National Park, Kasane, Victoria Falls, Okavango River, and Etosha National Park. One of the accommodations you will be staying at is the Vic Falls Hotel. This hotel commands a prime location overlooking the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. A national and African treasure, the fall is the largest sheet of falling water in the world, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This raw nature and adventure are the reasons that the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) selected Victoria Falls for the world’s most important tourism summit in 2013 and then rated it their best ever. The access is easy with a new international airport and the choice of several daily flights from major hubs such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lusaka, Windhoek, and Harare. The mighty mile-wide Falls are the upshot of the legendary Zambezi River cascading over 100 meters into a narrow basalt gorge. The river gives rise to many activities, such as some gentle sunset safari cruises, on-board dinners, and some that are high-adrenaline for serious adventurers only.

During this safari, you will be served 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, and 19 dinners. There will be an excellent variety of food. You can also plan your own meals and do your own shopping to stock your vehicle. You will have all your own cooking equipment, fridge, etc. in your vehicle so you can be self-sufficient.

When you are at the Vic Falls Hotel, you will be presented a connoisseur’s delight of dining options, with internationally-trained chefs creating exquisite dishes. Their restaurants offer the finest menu selections in the town. There is also a fine selection of wines and liqueurs available to suit the most discerning international guests at an extra cost.

  • A scenic flight over the Okavango Delta
  • A sunset cruise
  • River and birdwatching activities

You can pamper yourself with some treatments at the Vic Falls Hotel at an extra cost. You can relieve your stiff muscles after a long journey with a back and neck massage, followed by a foot massage for top-to-toe rejuvenation. The hotel offers a range of treatments from Swedish body massage (neck, shoulder, and back), Clarins ultimate body relax, scrub, and massage, aromatherapy full body massage, as well as Clarins custom-designed facials, pedicures and manicures.

  • 1 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights' accommodation at guest houses
  • 15 night's camping accommodation
  • 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, and 19 dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • A two-way radio in vehicle
  • Botswana guide in National Parks
  • Botswana National Park entry fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Driver fees for 1 person
  • Fire wood
  • Fuel and cross border fees for vehicle
  • Inverter and lighting
  • National Park entry fees at Sossusvlei
  • Paper maps
  • Support vehicle escort and staff
  • Vehicle hire with spare tools and tires
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Wildlife guide book
  • Airfare return to Windhoek
  • Any accommodation upgrades
  • Any other items of a personal nature
  • Any vehicle upgrades
  • Cross border fees
  • Entry to Etosha National Park (40 AUD)
  • Local tips
  • Meals other than listed on the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Vehicle excess
  • Victoria Falls park entry (35 AUD)
  • Visas
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Sue and Russ
    9 out of 10

    "We have both traveled throughout Africa before and frequently joined self-drive expeditions. This self-drive adventure was outstanding in all aspects and we look forward to planning another trip with you in the future."

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  • Review by Cheryl and Phil
    9 out of 10

    "Having traveled with Self Drive Adventures in Southern Africa in 2014, we were quick to say yes to their invitation to be included in their exploratory trip of Morocco. We weren’t disappointed."

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  • Review by Liz and Bob Rosevear
    9 out of 10

    "We have traveled to many interesting places in the world but nothing has ever compared with our holiday with Self Drive Adventures. We love a 4x4 driving, camping, and having adventures in the outdoors. That’s exactly what our holiday offered. The added bonus was the fact that we saw animals by the hundreds, visited villages and schools, as well as having the opportunity to meet and mix with the locals. It ticked every box. Linda and Mike organized everything with professionalism, nothing was ever any trouble and their knowledge of the country was outstanding. We would highly recommend an African Self Drive Adventure as your next holiday destination, you won’t be disappointed."

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