21 days – 4×4 Self drive wild parks Botswana

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21 days
Self Drive 4x4
Johannesburg - Johannesburg
Botswana, South Africa
Min Age : N/A (23 min. lage for car rental)
Max People : 4
Tour Details

Start and end this Botswana self drive in Johannesburg and enjoy this amazing adventure through the various game parks in Botswana. It is an adventurous route with multiple nights on basic camp sites in themiddles of unfenced game parks. Some 4×4 driving experience is required. 

This trip is taylor-made. Extra night, upgrades and possible alternative routes are available on request.


Departure & Arrival

Johannesburg – Johannesburg

Departure time

To be confirmed


  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned in itinerary (Tab ACCOMMODATION);
  • (4x4) rental vehicle including camping equipment, unlimited mileage, standard insurance, 2 drivers' fees
  • Victoria Falls day transfer;
  • Half day Mokoro excursion from Khwai;
  • Reservation costs
  • Travel App with offline access to the itinerary
  • Travel documents and directions
  • 24/7 assistentance
  • Coverage Guarantee Fund
  • Border Crossing documents rental vehicle


  • All flights (bookable via African Travels)
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • All insurance
  • GPS and satellite phone ( incl. 30 minutes airtime)
  • Petrol
  • Entrance and conservation fees for parks and attractions
  • Tips
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Total waiver car insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Cross border fees: the cross border documents only include written approval to take the rental vehicle across the relevant borders. Local costs such as taxes, levies and insurances are still payable
  • E-toll


20 nights in accommodations and camp sites as described in the itinerary.

Pictures of Accommodation

African Travels use small scale locations and establishments with great views and close to the local attractions and excursions. The accommodations add to the entire experience. As Africa specialists we would like to hear your accommodation preferences; do you prefer an onsite restaurant, pool, spa, gym? Do you like peace and quiet or do you prefer som more activity around you? Upgrades and additional nights are also an option.

Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum leeftijd voor autohuur is 23


  • Accommodation upgrade
  • Extra nights
  • Pre-booked activities

Day 1Johannesburg

Welcome to Africa! On arrival in Johannesburg in the evening you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel for the first night in Africa and to recover from the long flight.

Day 2, 3Thabazimbi

At 08:00 a.m. you will be picked up and taken to the 4×4 depot. Here you will receive the rental car. Take your time here. Then you can do your shopping for the next few days, ask the depot for the best location in the area. You can also do this in a smaller village near the first campsite.

Then you drive to Marakele NP and enjoy the first game drives!

Day 4, 5 Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Travel on to Botswana and cross the border. From now on, pay attention to potholes in the road! You can also do your shopping in Serowe here. Just across the border is a gas station with ATM where you can pin Pula.

Khama Rhino is a rhino sanctuary that provides national information about this threatened species.

Day 6 Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Continue to Kubu Island. At Orapa you can enter the park. There are no facilities here, so make sure you bring enough water, fuel and food.

Enjoy the sunset!

Day 7Nata

Continue to Elephant Sands. You can make a stop at Nata Bird Sanctuary along the way. This lodge has a water spot that attracts a lot of elephants. There is also a swimming pool for cooling off. A great place to relax for an afternoon and enjoy nature.
Here you will spend the night in a bed.

Day 8, 9Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls

Continue to Kasane where you will spend the night just outside the village. Make sure you arrive at the campsite before 2 pm, then you can still join a sunset cruise on the river.

We will book a day transfer to Victoria Falls for you. Do not forget to bring your passport and a waterproof bag/bag for your camera and other valuables that should not get wet.

There is no restaurant here, make sure you bring enough food. There is a bar though.

Day 10, 11Moremi Game Reserve

Fill up your car (take an extra jerry can with you on the roof) and drive into the wilderness! Travel to Third Bridge via Savuti and the Chobe National park. You will have time here to explore Moremi extensively.

Day 12Khwai Community Area

In the morning you can explore Moremi and in the afternoon you travel further to Khwai.

Day 13, 14Khwai Community Area - Okavango Delta

Start the day with the mokoro excursion to the Okavango delta.
In the afternoon you travel further to the camping Maghoto (Khwai Community Campsite). The next few days you will sleep in the park again and you can enjoy the beautiful wildlife of Botswana. Again, there are no facilities here.

From this place you can explore Moremi as well as Khwai during day time

Day 15Maun

Enjoy a final morning game drive before continuing to Maun in the afternoon. Here you could take a flight over the Delta in the afternoon. Maun is the tourist heart of Botswana.

Day 16Xhumaga

By your supplies in the morning for the next few days.
Travel on to Khumaga and spend the next few days exploring Makgadikgadi NP. At Tiaans Camp (Boteti river camp) there may be a restaurant available.

Day 17, 18Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Continue the journey to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. You can still refuel at Rakops.
Make sure you have enough food and drink with you, there are no facilities.
The next few days you can enjoy untouched wilderness again.

Day 19Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Leave the park and continue to Makumutu lodge.

Day 20Mokobeng

Continue the journey to the border with South Africa and spend the night on the river that separates the two countries.
It’s the last night in Africa.

Day 21End of Itinerary

It’s an early start today for the last stretch of your self drive! Martin’s drift border opens at 06:00.

Then drive to Johannesburg and try to be there before 4:00 PM. After a final inspection you will be dropped off at the airport for the flight home.



Can we upgrade our rental car?

Yes, after confirmation we will contact you about additional requests. For example a rental car upgrade etc.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use USD and EUR or ZAR and your bank/credit card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and restaurants.

Can I book additional nights?

Yes you can. We can extent this trip. We can even include a Victoria Falls visit or Kruger Park safari.

2 Reviews
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Family Traveller

Helpful, reliable, contactable, I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again, Highly recommended.
You drove a self hire camping Toyota from Johannesburg to Botswana. We mainly camped in National game parks or community camps. We saw great sites and lots of animals as we were generally staying in unfenced sites.

It was an unforgettable experience. Botswana is one of the last places of true wilderness. I have been on Safari elsewhere but there is no experience like self drive unfenced camping amongst the wildlife

August 12, 2023


Couple Traveller

We had an fantastic trip trough Africa…
We had an fantastic trip trough Africa and visited three countrys SA, Botswana and Zimbabwe. African Travels helped perfectly to create the best possible holliday. The service was always posstive, professional and with an enormous local knowledge and contacts that made the trip extra special.
Marijnke thanx for everything.

May 13, 2022