21 days – Self Drive Namibia & Botswana – Lodge & Camping

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21 days
Self Drive
Windhoek - Windhoek
Namibia, Botswana
Min Age : 24+ for car rental
Max People : 4
Tour Details

This stunning self drive allows you to experience various highlights in Namibia and Botswana at your own pace! Highlights are Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha, Onguma Game Reserve, Rundu, Zambezi Region, Kwando River, Chobe National Park, Optional Victoria Falls, Nxai Pan, Gweta, Maun and the Okavango delta (optional), Ghanzi and Naankuse wildlife Sanctuary.

With an office in the area we are locally based we have carefully selected our favorite spots. 
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.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Highlights

Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha National Park, Onguma Game Reserve, Rundu, Zambezi Region, Kwando River, Chobe National Park, Optional Victoria Falls, Nxai Pan, Gweta, Maun and the Okavango delta (optional), Ghanzi and Naankuse wildlife Sanctuary.

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

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, double fuel tank, 2 spare tires, including unlimited miles, 2 drivers, one way fee if applicable;
  • 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
  • Reduced excess cover
  • Satelite phone
  • GPS with Tracks4Africa maps (recommended)

Restrictions

  • Minimum age car rental is 24

Extras/upgrades

  • Car rental upgrade to SUV, automatic etc
  • Accommodation upgrade
  • Extra nights
  • Pre planned activities
Accommodation

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

Accommodation is in small guesthouses, campsites and self catering accommodation. Bedding provided.
African Travels will send you to the most beautiful and unique accommodations in Africa. They are not only run by excellent staff, they also give back to the local community and operate as eco friendly as possible. Located in the most beautiful and safe locations, they will contribute to your ultimate Africa experience. From small questhouses, tented safari camps to luxury boutique hotels. We will make sure they tick all the boxes!

PICTURES OF ACCOMMODATION

Itinerary

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.

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Penny

Couple Traveller

A little belated but we did make it back in one piece! Just wanted to let you know that the trip went very smoothly, the campsites were superb and the trip mostly went very smoothly. The real highlight was Khumaga for us, driving conditions were much easier than Chobe, campsite was in a beautiful location and the game viewing along the river front was superb. The car was very reliable, we did make it to Zelda guest farm on the 25th and to the airport the next morning for an on-time family pick up! We will certainly return to Botswana, though likely booking earlier in advance, and we suspect the shorter Toyota Landcruiser with slightly larger wheels would be much easier than the Nissan for our next rental, as we did watch several cruise past us with ease in the sand on a few occasions! It also crossed our mind that the WeTu app could provide more information in terms of general guidance on getting to the next locations, what to expect on arrival etc., given the rest of the booking information is already on there. We really enjoyed the self-navigating and figuring things out along the way, so it was a minor point for our purposes.

Thank you so much for helping us arrange the self-drive trip with such short notice, and for the fantastic service & support along the way, we would be happy to recommend African Travels to anyone interested in a self-drive adventure 🙂

November 25, 2019

Anonymous

Couple Traveller

We contacted African Travels for our preparations for a private tour in Botswana and Zimbabwe. We never had any regrets about this decision. African Travels always answered all our questions with advice. They answered more than 100 questions promptly and correctly. Now that’s service! For our next trip (Namibia and Caprivi strip), we definitely go back enlist African Travels for all bookings.

November 14, 2019

Maree

Couple Traveller

Excellent company- highly recommended

African Travels (and Marinjke) provided us with an excellent and diverse itinerary for our fairly last minute trip to Southern Africa (from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then back through Botswana). Marinjke was always on hand via email to provide comprehensive price breakdowns and helpful and easy to understand information. She was able to work to our dates and preferred locations and it made for a fantastic trip. The campsites particularly in Namibia were absolutely excellent and of a very high standard. Thank you African Travels for making a trip of a lifetime. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them!

October 17, 2019

Elizabeth

Couple Traveller

Last year we visited Namibia, this year we decided to travel on our own through Botswana and the northern part of SA. However, it was difficult to book campsites on our own in Botswana, communication with the campsites was bad or we got late responses. Therefore, we decided to contact African Travels for help. It was the best thing we did. Marijnke (owner of African Travels) knows a lot about Afri ca and she knows the most beautiful places. Thanks to her, it was an unforgettable experience!

Communication with African Travels was more than good. Because of the weather, we changed part of the trip. Marijnke was reachable 24/7. She came up with good ideas how to travel and which campsites/accomodations were still available and she also booked the locations for us while we were in desert.

Furthermore, African Travels arranged Read more a very good car for us (Toyota Hillux 4×4) by a trusted partner of them. The owner of the rental company also knew a lot about Africa and told us the most beautiful stories.

I definitely would recommend to contact African Travels if you want to travel trough Africa so that your dream can come true!

August 16, 2019