On this self-drive tour you will discover the untouched and rogue nature of Botswana.

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

Route Back To Basics

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.

20 days – customizable

1.500 km

1-4 pers


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1-4

Maun – Central Kalahari Game Reserve

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

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.

Day 7-8

Nxai Pan

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

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

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

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.

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

International Flights


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


For who?

Those who want to experience some adventure and pure nature – around them, above them, within them

What makes this route unique:

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

How to get most out of it:

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

Tailor-made Travel Advice

Every traveler has their own preferences. Need help deciding to make sure you make the right choice, we’re here to help! Together we fully customize the tour to your personal preferences, wishes and budget. We can assist you in many different ways. Our team of friendly and service-minded Tour Consultants is available in Europe and Africa to assist you making a personalized tailor-made travel proposal and to answer all questions you might have.

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