14 days – Family Friendly Botswana Safari – Self Drive 4×4

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21 days
Self Drive
Windhoek - Windhoek
Namibia, Botswana
Min Age : 21+ for car rental
Tour Details

This stunning 4×4 self drive allows you to experience various highlights in Namibia and Botswana at your own pace!

Namibia Biodiversity Overview   Namibia is a country of astonishing contrasts, home to the oldest desert on the planet, the white saltpans of Etosha National Park, the uninhabited beaches of the Skeleton Coast and the vast wilderness of Kaokoveld. These unique landscapes are also home to much endemic and special wildlife that are found nowhere else on Earth.

Namibia’s diversity is astonishing: approximately 4 000 species of plants, over 650 bird species and 80 large mammal species, of which 604 plants, 14 birds and 15 mammals are almost entirely endemic to the country, some extending marginally into southern Angola. Reptile species total 258 and, as is fitting for such a dry, hot place, sun-loving lizard species number 125, making this the richest lizard fauna in Africa.

Species such as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, dune lark and Peringuey’s adder are spectacular examples of species that have adapted superbly to the harsh dry environment and, together with a myriad other species, are waiting to be ‘discovered’ by our guests.

Visit the Detailed itinerary for more information on locations, meals and activities.




Windhoek, Sesriem, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha South, Etosha National Park, Etosha East, Rundu, Kwando River, Kasane, Gweta, Maun, Ghanzi and Greater Windhoek

Please Note

  • We want to make sure you will have the best personal experience according to your wishes, therefore, this tour can be tailor made for you. Any adjustments (extra nights, upgrades, changes in the route) are possible. We invest a lot of time arranging and designing your route to make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime. 
  • After your confirmation you will receive a login code for our travel app (which is also accessible offline), as well as a pdf and your travel directions
  • This trip is also available in reverse direction. All our self-drives are adjustable to your liking. We are is a tailor made specialist.
  • We remain the freedom to book an alternative accommodation if these are fully booked. We will book an alternative accommodation with the same facilities, standards and in the price range.
  • The traveler needs to have a credit card (no prepaid) in order hire the vehicle.
  • The driving distances are an indication from Google Maps and can be incorrect. Bear in mind that border crossings, road works, bad road conditions and other circumstances may affect your travel time.
  • T&C of the car rental company are applicable to the vehicle rental. Please contact us for more information


  • Accommodation upgrade
  • Upgrade to comprehensive car waiver insurance
  • Extra nights
  • Pre-planned activities

Departure & Return Location

Windhoek – Windhoek

Departure Time

Any time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation & Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • 4x4 Rental vehicle (Toyota Hilux double cab or similar) including camping equipment, including unlimited miles, reduced excess cover NAD5000, 2 drivers, one way fee if applicable;
  • GPS with Tracks4Africa (recommended)
  • Satellite phone incl. 30 minutes airtime
  • Travel App with your itinerary
  • Travel Documentation & Directions
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Coverage by guarantee fund
  • Reservation Costs

Price Excludes

  • All flights ( bookable via African Travels)
  • Meals/drinks not mentioned in the travel schedule
  • All Insurance (travel and/or cancellation)
  • Activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Visas
  • Cross Border Fees
  • Fuel
  • All entrance fees and conservation fees for parks and attractions
  • Car Bond (refundable if no damages)
  • Tips
  • E-toll


20 nights in Lodges & Camp Sites as/similar to those mentioned in the itinerary, based on meals as specified in the detailed itinerary.

Pictures of Accommodation


The Delight Swakopmund

Hakusembe Camp Site

Chobe Safari Lodge


Day 1Windhoek

Today you will arrive in Namibia. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative at the arrivals gate.
Drop off at the 4×4 depot for collection of the vehicle.
The afternoon is at leisure. You will have some time to do some shopping for the next couple of days.

Day 2, 3Sesriem

Today your self drive journey starts! Drive towards the Namib desert and enjoy the scenery.
Explore the world famous Sossusvlei by yourself or book a Hot Air Balloon safari upfront.

Day 4, 5Swakopmund

Drive towards Swakopmund. At Solitair you can put fuel in.
Swakopmund has a lot to offer and a day exploring the sand dunes or a dolphin cruise will be worthwhile. \

Day 6, 7Twyfelfontein

Leave the desert behind you and drive towards Damaraland. There is plenty to discover, from the rock paintings at Brandberg to desert elephants and himba tribes.

Day 8Etosha South

Time for a safari! Explore Etosha with your own rental vehicle and drive from waterhole to waterhole. The animals are most active during early morning and late afternoon hours.
You could book a safari with a guide through the lodge. However, we feel that Etosha is very suitable for self drive.

Day 9Etosha National Park

Game drives Etosha National Park, enjoy the park exploring the waterholes.

Day 10Etosha East

Drive towards the Eastern side of the park and explore this area.

Day 11Rundu

Drive towards the greener part of Namibia. The lodges offers boat trips which are excellent for birding.

Day 12Kwando River

Drive further towards the Zambezi region (Caprivi strip). The parks in de area offer some great wildlife spotting. Drive yourself or book a game drive via the lodge.

Day 13, 14Kasane

Cross the border into Botswana. A boat tour is a must, watch the elephants swim.
Chobe is easy to explore with your own vehicle but you could also book a game drive via the lodge in an open safari vehicle.
An optional day trip to Victoria Falls is bookable upon arrival or up front via us.

Day 15, 16Gweta

Drive towards Gweta. Explore the parks in the area or book a quad bike tour and explore the salt pans!

Day 17, 18Maun

In Maun you could either book a flight over the Okavango delta or add an extra day to your itinerary and we can book you a 2 day Mokoro excursion into the Delta. This is a nice break from driving. The excursion is combined with walks on the island which makes it a very unique experience.

Otherwise you could visit Moremi butthis is a far drive out.

day 19Ghanzi

Time to start your journey homewards. Today is a long day. prepare for a very long drive!

Day 20Greater Windhoek

Drive towards Naankuse lodge where you will spend your final night in more luxury on a private game reserve.

Day 21End of Itinerary

Drive towards the airport, hand in your vehicle and fly home. End of our services.