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This stunning self drive allows you to experience various highlights of Namibia and Botswana at your own pace! Highlights are Windhoek, Okonjima Nature Reserve, Etosha National Park, Opuwo, Epupa Falls, Ovamboland, Rundu, Kwando River, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Chobe National Park, Savuti Moremi Game Reserve, Maun and Ghanzi. Optional extention to the Sossusvlei and Swakopmund are available on request.
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.
Accommodation is at campsites. Lodge and self catering accommodation upgrades are available on request.
African Travels will send you to the most beautiful and unique accommodations in Africa. They are not only runned by excellent staff, they also give back to the local community and operate as eco friendly as possible. Located in the most beautiful 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!
For this route you do need a 4×4 rental car. They have a higher clearance and are much better for the gravel roads and deep sandy roads in Botswana. On request we can upgrade your car to an SUV or an automatic transmission car.
On reuqest we can pre book activities like:
Windhoek – Windhoek
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.
Today your self drive journey starts! Drive towards Okonjima Nature Reserve and camp your first night in the African bush.
Halfway between Windhoek and Etosha lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha Nature Reserve is surrounded by 96 km of fence and was finally completed in 2010. Okonjima is home to AFRICAT, a Carnivore Conservation, which gives the captive carnivores a second chance to be released back into the wild and to take the time it needs, to become a completely independent hunter – in a protected area right in the middle of commercial farmland!
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.
The surrounding landscape is characterised by low-lying hills, and vast dry desert plains inhabited by a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife. It serves as the central hub for the Himba culture. The town provides a perfect base for visitors wishing to explore the Kaokoland area and visit the local villages of the itinerant Himba people.
One of just five perennial rivers in Namibia, the Kunene is an invaluable source of water for the local Himba people, and it has been the mainstay of their existence for hundreds of years. For travellers, the river’s most striking feature is the Epupa Falls, which cascade over a distance of more than a kilometre downstream, with a total vertical drop of around 60 metres. White water rafting and kayaking are both popular pursuits on the Kunene.
Drive towards Ongula Village. Activities in the surroundings include homestead tours, village walks, excursions to Ondangwa, and experiencing the culture and life of the residents.
Drive towards the greener part of Namibia. The lodges offers boat trips which are excellent for birding.
The parks in de area offer some great wildlife spotting. Drive yourself or book a game drive via the lodge.
Cross the border into Zimbabwe. In Victoria Falls there is plenty to do: from rafting to bungee jumping, river cruises and wine drifts. No need to get bored!
Cross the border into Botswana. A boat tour is a must, watch the elephants swim.
Time to do some shopping for the next couple of days, bring extra fuel and water. There are no facilities in Savuti/Moremi.
This route is only suitable for 4×4 experienced drivers. Enjoy the Botswana wilderness and camp inside the natonal park.
Enjoy the next couple of days exploring one of the best wildlife areas in the world.
Enjoy your game drive towards Maun.
Drive towards Ghanzi. Home of the San people.
Drive back into Namibia. Again a long drive. We recommend to spend the nights in or near Windhoek to rest some before you start your journey home.
Drive towards the airport/car depot and hand in your vehicle. Time to fly home. We hope you enjoyed your trip.
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 Africa 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 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!