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Get In Touch With Nature

ITINERARY ‘BACK TO BASICS’

The perfect safari trip for those who want to experience some adventure and pure nature – around them, above them, within them. On this self-drive safari tour you will discover the untouched and rogue nature of Botswana.

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Self-Drive Tour

20 Days (customizable)

1.500 km

You will start in Maun where you also prepare for the upcoming nights in campsites. Starting towards the south and via the tranquil Central Kalahari, you will make your way to the unique Makgadikgadi National Park and the wide, open spaces of Nxai Pan.

 

Via Gweta, the journey continues to the elephant-rich Chobe National Park and comes to an adventurous ending, crossing the Savuti marshes and driving through the Moremi National Park, returning to Maun.

Highlights

Get to see the unique Okavango Delta with its thousands of channels and waterways from above, by joining a scenic flight

Crossing through all the different highlights this country has to offer, discovering yet another aspect at each destination

Chobe National Park is home to over 120 000 Elephants

Witness the clearest and most starry sky

Experience true remoteness and absolute isolation visiting the Makgadikgadi National Park

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1-4: Maun – Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Day 5-6: Makgadikgadi National Park
  • Day 7-8: Nxai Pan
  • Day 9-12: Gweta – Chobe National Park
  • Day 13-17: Savuti – Okavango Delta - Moremi National Park
  • Day 18: Maun
  • Day 19: Departure
  • Day 20: Arrival Home

Detailed Itinerary

Route Back To Basics

Day 1-4

Maun – Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Magnificent scenic views of its huge open plains

After a night in Maun and receiving your fully equipped 4×4 vehicle, your adventure starts by driving into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The national park will surprise you with the first magnificent scenic views of its huge open plains where big herds of game gather to graze.

 

Take the time to acclimatize, relax and discover this immense national park; while your body adjusts to the African rhythm. The next days will be spent on campsites in the national parks, which have only basic facilities and are not fenced in. – exciting!

Day 5-6

Makgadikgadi National Park

One of the largest salt flats in the world

The journey continues to the Makgadikgadi National Park with one of the largest salt flats in the world. Along the riverbanks or waterholes of the Boteti River, game flocks and allows for some spectacular sightings.

 

However, the main objective in visiting the Makgadikgadi National Park is not to view game only, but to experience true remoteness and absolute isolation.

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Explore Botswana offers organised self-drive holidays and safari tours to Botswana. You can go on an adventure in a fully equipped vehicle of your own choice. We will arrange your accommodations in advance, whether you wish to stay in lodges and guesthouses, on campsites or both.

Prices

Camping:

Low Season from: € 1.779,-

High Season from: € 2.048,-

Accommodation:

Low Season from: n.a.

High Season from: n.a.

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What is included?

Car rental

Accommodation (hotels, guesthouses, lodges or campsites)

Unlimited kilometres

Complete camping equipment (camping trip)

Car insurance with standard excess

Third party insurance

Most accommodations are booked with breakfast and camping is self-catering

Personal travel App for cell phone

24-hours emergency service

Tips and route information

Airport/hotel transfers

What is excluded?

International Flights

Fuel

Park fees, entrance fees to museums

Personal expenses

Additional activities and excursions, e.g. game drives, boat trips, etc.

Meals (unless indicated as included)

Travel and cancellation insurance

Itineraries

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14 Days Safari Tour

Explore the fascinating national parks and experience the best bits Botswana has to offer.

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20 Days Safari Tour

Adventurous camping and you can hardly get closer in touch with nature.

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21 Days Safari Tour

Seek diversity; from far stretching savannas, to lush green oases and abundant wildlife.

Day 7-8

Nxai Pan

Ancient giants resting in an open field

At Nxai plan, the famous Baines Baobabs will let you wonder about mother nature’s amazing forms and durability – like ancient giants resting in an open field. The desert adopted antelopes and other wild animals cross your path regularly.

 

And don’t forget to look up during the night, to witness the clearest and most starry sky – even clearly following the path of the milky way?

Day 9-12

Gweta – Chobe National Park

Overwhelming variety or flora and fauna

Some civilization awaits you and will surprise you, after these days, surrounded by nearly untouched nature and being completely isolated. Via Gweta, where you can explore the Ntwetwe Pan, the way leads to Kasane, the entrance ‘gate’ to the Chobe National Park.

 

The Chobe River Front offers an overwhelming variety or flora and fauna, several days can be spent here easily and the Chobe National Park is home to over 120 000 Elephants! Explore this amazing park on guided boat cruises along the river or via guided, or self-drive tours through the park.

 

Note: visit the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, a daytrip to this wonder of the worlds is highly recommended

Day 13-17

Savuti – Okavango Delta - Moremi National Park

An intense experience

Via the Chobe National Park and the famous Savuti swamps, your trip continues straight through the untamed bush into the Moremi National Park. This part of the trip is for the real adventurers, the roads are sandy and unmanaged in the middle of the bush and can only be undertaken in the dry season (May-November). The campsites in Chobe and Moremi National Park only have basic facilities and are not fenced in. An intense experience when it starts getting dark!

 

When you leave Chobe National Park, the journey goes along the Khwai River and this is only small introduction for what the Okavango Delta has to offer and what you can experience in the beautiful Moremi National Park.

Day 18-20

End of tour - Departure - Arrival Home

Relax and rewind from an amazing adventure

After your stay in the wilderness of the Moremi, you will be back in Maun, relaxing and letting all the amazing and adventurous impressions of the past weeks settle in, while still enjoying the last night of this holiday in a normal bed with some luxury.

 

The next day you will take all the memories along with you when heading back home.

Unlock the wild with our Self-Drive Safaris in Botswana!

What is included?

Below is an overview of what is included in your booking with Explore Botswana

Transport:

Airport/hotel transfers

Car rental

Detailed explanation of the car (4×4 only)

Complete camping equipment (camping trip)

Car insurance with standard excess

Third party insurance

Unlimited kilometres

24-hours emergency service

Information:

Extensive information folder

Detailed route and road description

Personal travel App for cell phone

Roadmaps

Description of places of interest

Tips and information

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Accommodation:

Standard accommodation tours include all rooms at middle-class hotels, guesthouses or lodges (mostly B&B), unless otherwise requested.

Standard camping tours include most nights at campsites, combined with several nights at middle-class hotels, guesthouse or lodges (mostly B&B).

Almost all campsites and accommodations have a restaurant and offer facilities like a pool, bar, info desk, etc.

If the trips includes visits to National Parks, then the nights will be spent inside the parks as much as possible.

Meals & Drinks:

Most accommodations are booked with breakfast and camping is self-catering. It will be clearly indicated what meals are included in your tour proposal.

With most accommodations it is also possible to book dinner in advance. If you would like to include this in your proposal, please let us know.

What is excluded?

Below is an overview of what is excluded from your booking with Explore Botswana

What is not included?

International Flights (book separately with Explore Botswana)

Fuel

Park fees, entrance fees to museums and personal expenses

Additional activities and excursions, e.g. game drives, boat trips, etc.

Meals (unless indicated as included)

Travel and cancellation insurance

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Optional Extras?

Below is an overview of the optional extras you can add to your booking with Explore Botswana

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Optional Extras?

Flights

Reduced excess on vehicle insurance

Satellite phone, which can be used everywhere in Africa

GPS-navigation system

Compressor

Two-way radios

Also refer to our Extra Options Car Rental

Explore Botswana your way with our Self-Drive Car Hire

Botswana Self-Drive Trips

The itineraries we offer to Botswana are fully customizable to your needs. You can book these, or you can use them for inspiration to build your own, tailor-made adventure to Botswana. See below some of our other sample itineraries to Botswana that we have put together. Explore Botswana will always make sure that you will experience the journey of your dreams!

Self-Drive Itinerary
Highlights Botswana
Explore the fascinating national parks and experience the best bits Botswana has to offer.

Length: 14 Days (customizable)

Price from: €1.079,- EUR

Self-Drive Itinerary
Back to Basics
Adventurous camping and you can hardly get closer in touch with nature.

Length: 20 Days (customizable)

Price from: €1.779,- EUR

Self-Drive Itinerary
Combi Namibia
Seek diversity; from far stretching savannas, to lush green oases and abundant wildlife.

Length: 21 Days (customizable)

Price from: €1.162,- EUR

Experience the beauty of Botswana’s wilderness up close. Book your self-drive 4×4 car rental today and start exploring.

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