Botswana
16 days / 15 nights
Self-drive camping trip

Botswana - the Pearl of southern Africa! From Maun to the heart of the Kalahari - the Central Kalahari National Park, on to the salt pans of Nxai and Makgadikgadi and the Chobe National Park. Traversing the Moremi National Park along the edge of the Okavango Delta back to Maun. This challenging 4x4 camping trip takes us to the remotest regions of the country. An incomparable photo safari awaits you!

Itinerary

Tour Code BO18-16

Day 1 Maun

Day 1 Maun

The journey begins with the arrival at the International Airport of Maun (arrival Maun not later than 14 o'clock local time) with taking over the rental car (4x4 off-road pickup with roof tents and camping gear), the purchase of food supplies and a short drive to the campsite in the greater Windhoek area. We will set up our first camp, inspect the camping equipment and the vehicles for its indented off-road use. A cosy barbecue offers us the opportunity to get to know each other and to discuss the itinerary.

Day 2, 3 & 4 Central Kalahari National Park

Day 2 Getting to the Central Kalahari National Park

We are well rested and excited to get going! We discuss the last questions over breakfast, pack our cars, do some last minute shopping and head southeast to Central Kalahari National Park.

Day 3 & 4 Central Kalahari National Park

The Central Kalahari National Park is the second largest game reserve in the world, home to giraffes, blackthorn hyenas, warthogs, cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, lions, blue wildebeest, eland, ibex, kudu and red hartebeest, as well as over 250 species of birds. Grass, bushes and scattered trees alternate in the mostly flat landscape with sand dunes and dried out riverbeds. The game drives in this unique landscape let us forget our lives in modern society, where the endless expanse of the Kalahari and the African sky with its low-hanging clouds will make us feel very small.

Day 5 & 6 Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans

Day 5 & 6 Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans

The "Baines Baobab" is a more than 1000 years old baobab tree group in the middle of the Nxai salt pan "discovered" by the painter John Thomas Baines in 1862 who captured it on canvas for the first time. The neighbouring Makgadikgadi National Park is home to the world's largest contiguous salt pans with a total area of over 12,000 sq km. During the rainy season, some of these pans fill with water and attract among others pelicans, flamingos, herons and storks. The exploration of these pans is only possible in a convoy because the hard salt crust hides sometimes meter deep mud holes and many a "discoverer" has lost his vehicle in it forever.

Day 7 Nata Bird Sanctuary

Day 7 Nata Bird Sanctuary

The Nata Bird Sanctuary is a 250 sq km bird sanctuary located at the eastern end of the Makgadikgadi pans and houses over 160 species of birds, including kingfishers, spoonbills, flamingos, pelicans, eagles and ostriches.

Day 8 Hunters Road

Day 8 Hunters Road

We drive north along the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe. This region is called "Hunters Road" and connects without any fences with the Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe). Depending on the season and rainfall, the wildlife moves unhindered between the Chobe National Park and the Hwange National Park.

Day 9, 10 & 11 Kasane & Chobe National Park

Day 9, Kasane 

Arriving in Kasane we will treat ourselves to some relaxing time and enjoy a sun-downer boat trip on the Chobe River as todays highlight (included in the tour price).

Day 10 & 11 Chobe National Park

The Chobe National Park is the first national park established in Botswana and known for its large elephant herds. It is one of the most important wildlife and nature reserves in Africa. The Chobe National Park offers unique photo safari experiences that include large predators such as lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs. Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Kudu, Waterbuck, Lechwe and Situnga and many more antelope species.

Day 12 Khwai concession

Day 12 Khwai concession

At the south-western end of the Chobe National Park we cross into the Khwai Concession - a wildlife area along the Khwai River that has been made available to the local people as a tourism development project. Here we not only see animals but can also learn about life in the African bush.

Day 13 & 14 Moremi National Park

Day 13 & 14 Moremi National Park

We will cross the Khwai river at the northern entrance to Moremi National Park and take a short drive to a water-carrying arm of the Okavango Delta. There we will take a boat trip to get to know the delta from the frog's perspective. The Delta is a unique ecosystem due to its location in the middle of the largest sand area in the world - the Kalahari Basin. This wetland is like an oasis in a landscape that would otherwise be quite inhospitable. It has no natural connection to the sea and is a large, unique ecosystem that stretches over 15,000 sq km of African wilderness. Game drives in the Moremi are an exciting affair, because depending on the season and water level, the 4x4 trails can only be navigated with extreme caution.

Day 15 & 16 Maun

Day 15 & 16 Maun

A last game drive in Moremi National Park and then it's back to Maun. In Maun you have the opportunity to take a sightseeing flight (not included in the tour price) over the Okavango Delta. The last day is spent in last minute souvenir shopping, packing language and returning the vehicles and camping equipment at the airport. Here we shake hands and say a hearty "Goodbye Africa".



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Tour Code BO18-16

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