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11 Days Budget Self-Drive Safari in Botswana

  • Kasane - Kubu Island - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Khwai - Chobe National Park

Fascinating Self-Drive Botswana Safari

Discover for yourself the most beautiful places and most fascinating animals of Africa in a 4×4. Experience the freedom and select your favorite adventure. Selfdrive4x4.com offers this fascinating 4×4 safari trip in Botswana for you. Their many years of self-drive experience ensures the perfect travel offer, with optimal itineraries. Get yourself a fascinating safari in Botswana!

Highlights

  • Complete insurance package
  • Toyota Hilux 4x4 double cab car
  • Complete camping & safari equipment
  • A perfectly planned travel itinerary with ideal traveling distances
  • Advice from experienced self-drive specialists
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 10 activity days
  • English
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Most of your accommodations are camping. However, you will stay for 1 night at a lodge too.

Itinerary information

Some dates have a reverse itinerary starting in Kasane. Then to Ihaha and then Chobe Savuti. For more information, please send SelfDrive4x4.com an inquiry.

Day 1: Kasane (Botswana)

Upon arrival, you will meet SelfDrive4x4.com’s partner of the car rental company for a transfer to the depot and for an extensive instruction and handling of formalities. There is an optional activity which is to enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe River.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Travel distance: 10 kilometers - 15 minutes

Day 2: Elephant Sands

In the second day of your stay in Botswana, your will drive the 4x4 car to Elephant Sands, Nata. In the morning, there will be time to have a game drive at the Chobe River.

  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 3: Kubu Island

From Elephant Sands, you will continue your trip south to Nata on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. After a dusty and adventurous ride on tracks through the bush, you will arrive at Kubu Island in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana.

The dusty journey will be rewarded with what Kubu Island has to offer, a rocky island full of magnificent baobab trees. The camp site is simple and located near the island. You can explore Kubu Island on foot and enjoy the wide views and beautiful sunsets.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Travel distance: 120 kilometers - about 4 hours

Day 4: Maun

In the early morning, there is time to explore Kubu Island. After that, you will cross the Ntwetwe pan towards Gweta and Maun. This ride is definitely one of the highlights of this 4x4 self-drive trip through Botswana.

Around noon, you'll arrive in Gweta and have time for lunch and a quick stop. The route from Gweta to Maun is an asphalt road.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Travel distance: 395 kilometers - about 7 hours

Day 5: Moremi Game Reserve / Third Bridge

In the morning, there will be free time to do some shopping in Maun. Then continue the self-drive safari to the Moremi Game Reserve and the Third Bridge Camp on the edge of the Okavango Delta.

This day is dedicated to game drives and spotting the many safari animals living in the Moremi Reserve. There's a good chance of seeing lions, hyenas and leopards and of course elephants and antelopes. The camps in the parks of Botswana are not fenced and the various animals can also be seen during the day and evening in the camp.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Travel distance: 130 kilometers - about 3 hours

Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai

After the morning game drive, your journey will continue through the Moremi Game Reserve to the second camp, Khwai (Northgate). This day is completely dedicated to game drives and spotting the many safari animals living in the Moremi Reserve.

In the afternoon, you will arrive at Northgate and the Khwai campsite. After building up the camp, there is time to relax and make an evening game drive along the Khwai River.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Travel distance: 55 kilometers - about 3 hours

Day 7: Chobe National Park / Savuti

The 4x4 trip into the Moremi Game Reserve Khwai to Chobe Savuti is one great game drive where you will see many animals on the move. The advice is to start early and make a game walk around Northgate camp before the journey continues to the 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) which lives in the Savuti Marsh. The Savuti Channel which runs through the area and empties into the Savuti Marsh has been dry for many decades but for some years, water flows in again.

There will be sufficient time to do an extensive game drive and to further explore this particular area of Botswana.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Travel distance: 110 kilometers - approximately 5-7 hours

Day 8: Chobe National Park / Ihaha

After Chobe National Park, you're now traveling to the northern part of the Chobe National Park. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Ihaha.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Travel distance: 130 kilometers - about 5 hours

Day 9 and 10: Kasane / Victoria Falls

These days are two full days for leisure. It's possible to make a day trip to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or drive around a full day in the Chobe National Park.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Drive to Victoria Falls: 160 kilometers

Day 11: Kasane (return trip)

This will be your last day of the trip. After you have returned your car, it's time for the return flight home.

Botswana is the perfect self-drive country. You can experience a real Africa adventure here by traveling straight across the game reserves.

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 12-220 volt inverter with USB
  • Advise by experienced self-drive specialists
  • Airport transfers
  • GPS and latest “Track4Africa” software
  • Lonely Planet Guide and Reise Know-How map(s)
  • Support
  • Toyota Hilux 4x4 double cab with complete camping and safari equipment rental
  • Zero excess insurance
  • Entry fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Fuel
  • International flights
  • Upgrade to Toyota Landcruiser or Hilux 3.0 (automatic) or Toyota Fortuner (automatic)
  • Upgrades to fixed (luxury) accommodations
  • 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 Simon Koch
    9 out of 10

    "The trip was great and met all our expectations, the campsites were often beautifully located and unique in design and decor. It could be cold after sunset we of course knew but you expect that it will be well. 3 to 6 degrees above zero in your tent remains very cold! It is therefore advisable to take a warm (down) sleeping bag in the winter months (NL's summer months) and plenty of warm clothing. And of course every evening make a campfire! Hans thank you for the beautiful trip, we have fully enjoyed it and will definitely go to Africa!"

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  • Review by Stephen Kronenburg
    9 out of 10

    "Self drive 4x4 heeft ons een onvergetelijke Botswana vakantie bezorgd. Wij hebben een Toyota Hilux bushcamper via self drive gehuurd in Johannesburg, daarnaast zijn wij via self drive 4x4 in contact. Sterke punten: veel kennis en ervaring, goede auto's, snel contact. Verbeterpunten of tips: uitleg GPS."

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  • Review by Roderik ten Oever
    9 out of 10

    "Self drive 4x4 heeft voor ons een geweldige reis samengesteld en alles tot in de puntjes geregeld. Heel fijn om je zelf nergens druk over te hoeven maken."

    "Sterke punten: organisatie en communicatie."

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  • Review by Jeff and Tessa
    9 out of 10

    "Alles top geregeld. Er wordt overal aan gedacht. Prima communicatie. Wij zouden het iedereen aanraden en de volgende reis door zuidelijk Afrika zeker weer via SelfDrive4x4 boeken."

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