Namibia & Botswana Circuit Self–Drive

21 Day Self Drive Safari

Safari Description:

This Namibia and Botswana self–drive loop, starts and finishes in Windhoek, takes in the major highlights of Namibia, from the rippling sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the stark Skeleton Coast, through to Etosha for great wildlife and Caprivi/Zambezi areas to Chobe National Park for guaranteed elephant sightings and optional Victoria Falls trip. Gradually returning via the Pans and the captivating Okavango Delta ensuring a well–rounded safari offering the best of the countries – this self–drive can be offered as a camping and various levels of comfort in accommodation and tailored to suit you.

Safari Highlights:

Namib–Naukluft Park – Sossusvlei, Sesriem, Dead Vlei & Dune 45; Tropic of Capricorn; Swakopmund for optional activities; Damaraland for Twyfelfontein; Etosha National Park; Caprivi Strip/Zambezi for Mahangu & Mudumu National Park; Chobe National Park; Makgadikgadi Pans; Okavango Delta

Main Attractions:

Botswana: Chobe, Okavango Delta
Namibia: Etosha Park, Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Zambezi Region

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1 Chameleon Backpackers & Guesthouse Windhoek
Day 2&3 Sesriem/Sesriem Oshana Campsite for Sossusvlei
Day 4&5 Cornerstone Guesthouse Swakopmund
Day 6 Madisa Campsite Damaraland
Day 7&8 Okaukuejo/Halali Campsite Etosha
Day 9 Onguma Campsite  East Etosha
Day 10&11 Nunda River Lodge West Caprivi
Day 12 Namushasha campsite East Caprivi
Day 13&14 Chobe Safari Campsite Kasane
Day 15&16 Planet Baobab Campsite for Makgadikgadi Pans
Day 17&18 Mochaba Crossing for Okavango Delta
Day 19 Ghanzi
Day 20 Voigtland Guesthouse or Auas Safari Lodge
Greater Windhoek (east)
Day 21 Return to Airport/end

Map & Itinerary

Day 1  The Weinberg Windhoek
Day 2&3 Desert Homestead for Sossusvlei
Day 4&5 Swakopmund Sands Swakopmund
Day 6 Twyfelfontein Country Lodge Damaraland
Day 7&8 Okaukuejo/Halali Etosha
Day 9 Onguma Bush Camp  East Etosha
Day 10&11 Nunda River Lodge West Caprivi
Day 12 Namushasha Lodge East Caprivi
Day 13&14 Chobe Safari/Bush Lodge Kasane Botswana
Day 15&16 Planet Baobab for Makgadikgadi Pans
Day 17&18 Mochaba Crossing Khwai for Okavango Delta
Day 19 Symponia Lodge Ghanzi
Day 20 Voigtland Guesthouse/Auas Safari Lodge Greater Windhoek Namibia
Day 21 Return to Airport/end

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 Olive Grove Guesthouse Windhoek
Day 2&3 Hoodia Desert Lodge for Sossusvlei
Day 4&5 Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Day 6 Camp Kipwe Damaraland,
Day 7&8 Ongava Lodge Etosha
Day 9 Onguma Tented Camp East Etosha
Day 10 Taranga River Lodge nr Rundu
Day 11&12 Jackalberry Tented Lodge Nkasa Rupara East Caprivi
Day 13&14 Chobe Safari/Bush Lodge Kasane
Day 15&16 Camp Kalahari for Makgadikgadi Pans
Day 17&18 Splash Camp Okavango Delta
Day 19 Kalahari Bush Breaks nr border Namibia
Day 20 Omaanda Lodge Zannier nr Windhoek
Day 21 End of services

Map & Itinerary
Length 21 days
Safari Type Self Drive Safari
Price From
Countries Botswana, Namibia
Accommodation Accommodation, Camping, Luxury
Group Size Minimum 1 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Accommodation Comfort3 Star4 Star
Camping Comfort1 Star
Luxury Comfort3 Star4 Star

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Windhoek

Upon arrival in Windhoek collect the vehicle and drive to your guesthouse, here you’ll meet one of our tour consultants, who will go through your travel plans and answer any last–minute questions you may have. Depending on the time of your arrival perhaps choose to wander into the city centre, relax by the pool, or alternatively join an optional township tour, sunset horse ride, or head out for a birding trip.

Day 2–3 Sossusvlei area

Driving today to the mesmerizing desert and sand sea of the Namib. The following day rise early venturing into the dune fields of the famous Sossusvlei dunes, wander around on foot, climb to the top of one to reveal an endless sea of sand and enjoy this remarkable and unique area – it’s no wonder this is one of Namibia’s highlights and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perhaps treat yourself to a hot–air balloon flight first thing in the morning for a completely different perspective.

Day 4–5 Swakopmund

Drive through the desert to Swakopmund today, perhaps stop at Walvis Bay to visit the lagoon, a protected RAMSAR wetland site, and search for some of the species of birds including greater and lesser flamingos, pelicans, avocets, plovers and the endemic Damara tern. From here, it is a short coastal drive to the historic and adventure seaside town of Swakopmund, where you can join optional activities on offer, perhaps take part in a dolphin cruise and experience the thrill of dolphins leaping out of the water along the boat. There is a safe beach for swimming, an interesting aquarium and quartz museum or you may want to sit back and relax with a coffee and cake and watch the world go by.

Day 6 Twyfelfointein area

Depart from Swakopmund after breakfast and drive north along the stark Skeleton Coast, stopping at a shipwreck south of Henties Bay, before continuing onto Cape Cross seal colony, where over 100,000 congregate during breeding season – it’s noisy and smelly! Your destination today is the Twyfelfontein area, a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem renowned for some of the best rock engravings in Southern Africa. Interesting rock formations and remainders of prehistoric volcanic action can be seen in the nearby Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain, among the most prominent geographic features.

Day 7–8 Etosha National Park

Journey to Etosha, Namibia’s prime game reserve and spend the next three days exploring the park and searching out for some of the wildlife found in what is often regarded as one of the largest and best reserves in Africa. Days can be spent on game drives, with evenings sitting at the floodlit waterhole watching to see what ventures in to drink. Look out for herds of elephants, prides of lion, rhino, hyena and huge herds of plains game. For upgraded versions of this trip you’ll be staying in beautiful private reserves adjacent to the national park and enjoy premium accommodation, service and food, along with superb game viewing

Day 9 East Etosha National Park

Enjoy more exhilarating game viewing experiences as you drive across to the east side of Etosha

Day 10   West Caprivi/Bwabwata National Park – camping & mid–range accommodation options

An early morning for your drive through to Divundu and onto on the banks of the Okavango River that flows to the famous Okavango Delta. This region is more fertile than other areas of Namibia and huge trees offer shade from the scorching sun. Enjoy optional activities such as a boat trip or game drive to the nearby Mahango National Park where you may see buffalo, sable, red lechwe – animals that need plenty of water and aren’t found in parks such as Etosha. Upgraded option: Just one night is spent at a beautiful lodge near to Rundu in superior accommodation.

Day 11 West/Caprivi/Bwabwata National Park – camping & mid–range accommodation options

Enjoy a further night here, perhaps explore the wilderness Buffalo Park, or Mahango Reserve in game drives or boat cruise, or visit a nearby village

Day 12  Kwando River – camping & mid–range accommodation

Keep your eyes open for animals such as elephants that may cross your path. Tonight overlook Botswana and this afternoon you might wish to enjoy a game drive into the Mamili National Park. Alternatively, visit a local village to learn about their way of life, a boat trip, or simply relax on the deck overlooking the river, it’s a beautiful spot

Day 11&12  Nkasa Rupara National Park – superior/luxury version

For upgraded version of this tour, 2nights are spent inside the wilderness park of Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) on the Linyanti River lagoons and floodplains that border Botswana and a perfect base where you can join optional activities such as game drives or boat cruises in the region to spot predators such as lion, leopard and hyena

Day 13–14 Chobe Safari/Bush Lodge, Chobe River Front

Cross the border into Botswana, driving through Chobe National Park. The lodge is situated on the river near Chobe, you can enjoy optional activities such as a boat cruise or game drive into the park to search for wildlife such as hippo, crocodiles and huge elephant herds, Chobe has one of the largest amounts of elephant to any park in Southern Africa and if you are lucky then you can see them bathing and crossing the river. The park is also renowned for great birdlife, including many water birds – this lush region is very different to any of the game parks in Namibia and worth the time spent here. It is also very close to the famous Victoria Falls and there’s the highly recommended option of a guided day trip.

Day 15–16 Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and surrounds

Located on the edge of the famous huge saltpans of Botswana, you can enjoy optional activities such as sleeping out on the pans, quad bike excursions and the chance to see meerkats – guaranteed to entertain you with their mischief and character

Day 17–18 Okavango Delta

Drive to Maun and from here the Okavango Delta, a paradise of wetlands from lagoons to islands, papyrus beds, woodlands, delta channels and flowing rivers. Each year, the waters ebb and flow depending on the rains received in Angola and slowly trickle their way through the rivers to revitalize the lands. It is one of the greatest wildlife destinations in the world, where game viewing can be enjoyed from the quietness of a gliding mokoro, a motorised boat cruise, guided game drives or game walks. Simply thrilling.

Day 19  Ghanzi – camping/mid–range accommodation options

After an activity this morning, return to Maun and from here drive to Ghanzi, a community based lodge and camp with the chance to meet and interact with the Bushman – a fascinating and ancient tribe – your visit will ensure they directly benefit and a bush walk to learn how historically they would hunt and forage for food in the veld will give you an appreciation of how hard life would have been

Day 20 Voigtland Guestouse or Auas Safari Lodge, Greater Windhoek, Namibia – camping/mid–range accommodation options

Drive across the border back into Namibia and onto your accommodation, just 1 hour from the international airport, making it easy for tomorrow’s departure. Voigtland – enjoy high tea with giraffe feeding; Auas – relax or join an optional game drive

Day 19  Kalahari Bush Breaks – superior/luxury option

Today you will fly out of the Delta and start your journey back to Namibia, cross the border and Bush Breaks is set in the Kalahari basin – note this is 3* only but limited options in the are

Day 20  Omaanda, Zannier Reserve – superior/luxury option

For your final night in Namibia, drive to the beautiful Omaanda, located just 30minutes from the international airport and renowned for not only its savannah–covered landscapes but for its wlldlife and home to the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary providing a refuge for injured or abandoned animals such as baboons, rhino and elephants.

Day 21 Departure

Return to international airport today to drop off your vehicle and take your onward connection. Recommend no flights prior to mid–afternoon

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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