Botswana Highlights Self–Drive & Fly–In Safari

11 Day Self Drive Safari

Safari Description:

This blend of mid–range and luxury accommodation combines a Botswana self–drive and fly in safari. Starting at Chobe, your first game viewing experience is where the plentiful elephants frolic in the river. From here drive to Nata and onward to the seemingly endless Pans and starry skies, and fly from Maun into the incredible Okavango Delta, where the weaving waterways cast a magical spell and the game viewing is world–class. The final 2 nights are spent at the beautiful Tau Pan in the stunning Kalahari region with the chance to spot black–maned lions– this trip is Botswana at its best.

Safari Highlights:

Chobe National Park for game viewing; Makgadikgadi Pans with overnight sleep out on pans and visit to meerkats included; Okavango Delta & Central Kalahari Game Reserve for game viewing and diverse landscapes.

Main Attractions:

Botswana: Chobe, Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1–3 Chobe Bush Lodge Kasane
Day 4&5 Planet Baobab for Pans
Day 6–8 Pom Pom Camp or Rra Dinare Okavango Delta
Day 9&10 Tau Pan Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Day 11 Return to Maun

Map & Itinerary
Length 11 days
Safari Type Self Drive Safari
Price From US$ 5270
Countries Botswana
Accommodation Accommodation
Group Size Minimum 1 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Accommodation Comfort3 Star4 Star

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1–3 Chobe Bush Lodge/Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe National Park is the second largest national park in Botswana covering 10,566sq km, and has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent in a region ruled by animals. The abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. Your adventure starts in Kasane where you’ll be based for 3 nights. During your stay join a morning game drive (activities shared) exploring the riverfront and Chobe National Park in an open safari vehicle watching out for predators such as lion and hyena. This afternoon head out on a sunset boat cruise along the riverfront, you’re guaranteed to see plenty of elephants as they cross the river and frolic in the water – after all Chobe and surrounds is home to one of the densest populations of this pachyderm.

Day 4&5 Planet Baobab

Your destination today is Planet Baobab. this unique and funky camp is situated just off the main Nata to Maun road, bordering the extensive Makgadikgadi Pans system and there’s a startling change of landscape. Your time here includes the first night in a simple Bakalanga Hut, following a Baobab bush walk and sundowner drink, and dinner. The following morning, after breakfast depart for a village and cattle post visit with a traditional lunch. From here it’s onto the pans for a quad bike activity and overnight trip on the Ntwetwe Pans with a braai (barbeque) dinner and sleeping out underneath the seemingly endless starry skies.

Day 6–9 Pom Pom Camp or Rra Dinare, Okavango Delta

After morning tea and coffee you’ll have a chance to be thoroughly entertained with a visit to the habituated meerkats before returning to Planet Baobab, drive to Maun, this town is in the heart of Botswana, a dusty town where old and new blend. Board a charter flight to Pom Pom Camp, taking in the magnificence of the winding, papyrus–fringed channels that make up one of the world’s greatest wet land wonders, you will be able to see some of Africa’s most celebrated animals from a bird’s eye view 500 FT above the ground. The Okavango is an immense river that never meets the sea, instead its crystal–clear waters spread across the Kalahari Desert, forming Africa’s largest wetland wonder. The Delta is an abundant oasis amid the vast plains and pans of the desert that covers most of Southern Africa. Its waterways are a mesh of meandering and interception channels, creating a haven for Africa’s most celebrated wildlife and you can enjoy game drives, mokoro excursions and nature walks to fully appreciate this superb destination.

Day 9&10 Tau Pan, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Take a light charter flight onto the amazing Tau Pan where you are based for 2 nights enjoy game drives in this wonderful environment searching for some of the many desert–adapted animals and famed black–maned lions, take part in interesting nature walks among the grasslands and moon–like pans then in the evening sit around the fire pit to discuss the day’s events and gaze at the vast night skies.

Day 11 Return to Maun

Fly back to Maun in time for onward connection. End of services

How we rate our safaris

Namibia, Botswana and some other African destinations do not have a set star system that is familiar worldwide to many countries, however, as this is widely used, we have tried to replicate this format to give you an idea of the level of comfort during your safari. For example, a mobile camping tour in Namibia is given 1* and luxury accommodation increasing to 5*. Depending on your tour, there may be a bit of a mix of levels of comfort so please check if you are not sure.

1* or 1–2* Rated Safaris – Camping tours:

These are generally scheduled/small group or self–drive safaris (though a private–guided safari can also fall into this category if you wish to camp); the scheduled trips generally involve client participation where you may be expected to put up/take down your tent and assist with camp chores, dome tents and a ground mattress is supplied. For self–drive options this will often mean roof tents on the vehicle and all camping equipment. There may be the occasional night in simple accommodation but majority of nights are spent camping and most camp sites will have shared ablution facilities. If there is a good mix of both camping and accommodation, this may be rated at 1&2*. These are the most basic level of safaris offered and scheduled safari group sizes vary according to the trip and company – 1* tours are the most affordable option and geared for adventurous travellers who do not mind a bit of discomfort.

Accommodated Safaris

Standard/Mid–range safaris 2–3.5*

Standard accommodation style trips generally have no camping included (though on occasion with a specific activity such as a Delta or Serengeti excursion, or perhaps hiking, a couple of nights may be included). As a general rule this is not the case. With most small group/scheduled tours accommodation is generally 2/3* level – clean and affordable but generally without too many frills; rooms will have en–suite facilities, most will offer air con/fans in the rooms, swimming pools etc (not guaranteed), restaurant/bar facilities, though location can be a little further away from main place of interest this option offers excellent value for money for those seeking a bed each night! We try to indicate on each trip the level of comfort for the particular tour

Superior/Luxury Safaris 3.5–5*

A superior style of accommodation. Most lodges at this level will have air–conditioning or fans in the room though some accommodation establishments are technically “camps” as they may be partially build of canvas – these “camps” are permanent fixtures, generally built on a platform, and will have full and comfortable facilities – the occasional trip may have a more basic night or two involved depending on location to ensure clients can fully appreciate the region they are experiencing. Service is generally very good and most places (outside of towns/cities) will have just a few rooms/chalets. Tours in this bracket include very small group safaris (up to 8 clients), self–drive and private–guided options which are tailored to suit you. The luxury options offer a high standard of accommodation, facilities and service in the region with attention to detail – some “camps” /lodges will have private guides and vehicles, but all accommodation is the best available with personalized service and a quality or unique experience perhaps unavailable elsewhere or in a more moderate price bracket. Tours include fly–in safaris, self–drive and private–guided options.

Please note: this is a guideline only and each destination can vary – some areas in Southern Africa do not always have 5* accommodation (there are limited hotels outside of cities that have the same * grading accommodation) but will be best in the area, have limited volume of rooms and some of the best locations and experiences for clients that is outside of the normal “tourist/travel” route. This can include exclusive conservation regions and emphasis is place on clients having a unique experience rather than offering hairdresser type of facilities that may be found is hotels in cities in other countries. Please also remember that some of these locations can be remote so wifi may not always be available, nor a huge menu range.

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