Safari Ranking: 1 = Ok, 5 = Excellent
- Road Conditions
Lots of sand, slow going. Tar roads are good but look out for cattle crossing.
Lovely campsites in remote areas. Generally unfenced with ok facilities.
- Lodges & Hotels
Very good but they come with a price tag.
- Route Finding
Requires good map reading in parts. Bad sign posting in parks
Please note that the above is an
indication of the general conditions
A land of deserts, pans and deltas...
This is a simply stunning country. Its deserts, pans and deltas are some of the last great, untouched wildernesses in Southern Africa and are home to a wonderful array of game. It is a fabulous place for a self drive safari as there is so much to see. You could head off to see Botswana's excellent National Parks, drive into the incredible Central Kalahari Desert or go and explore the riches of the Okavango Delta.
Botswana and Safari Drive
We opened our base in Maun in 1993 and our Botswana operations have since gone from strength to strength. Our team on the ground will welcome you on arrival in Botswana and brief you on your 4WD and all aspects of your planned Safari Drive journey. They are there if there are any problems during your trip and have an excellent back-up network allowing you to go off and explore in the knowledge that help is at hand should you need it.
Safari Drive was the first company to offer fully inclusive 4x4 self drive safaris in Botswana and our long term experience and familiarity with this country means that we can provide the most comprehensive, exciting and fulfilling safaris. Parts of Botswana are totally wild and its dangers must be respected. At Safari Drive we leave nothing to chance so you can have a great holiday minus the risks that the uninformed have experienced.
Watch a short film made by Richard and Geri Davies on their self drive journey through Botswana. Rich and Geri collected a vehicle in Livingstone in Zambia and drove it south through Botswana taking in Chobe National Park, Savuti and Moremi. They then had a couple of days camping at Nxai Pan before dropping the vehicle off in Maun and flying into the Okovango Delta.
Highlights - What can I see in Botswana
Here is a list of just some of our favourite places to visit in Botswana. They are all places that we would recommend for a self drive safari. This is not a comprehensive list and if there are other places you are keen to visit and would like further information please let us know and we'll be happy to help.
The Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is the worlds largest inland delta system. Either way you look at it, be it by car, boat or plane - it is simply incredible!
Chobe National Park
Our favourite Botswana National Park, Chobe offers everything from ants to elephants! The game viewing is superb, all year round too.
Renowned for it's panoramic views and growing lion population, the Central Kalahari is a very desirable place to travel. It's also best travelled between December - May.
Situated over the lowest lying area's of Botswana, the Makgadikgadi is home to two magnificent salt pans. the view from here take your breath away.
Moremi Game reserve
Located on the periphery of the Okavango delta, the Moremi is home to a huge array of wildlife. A few nights here and you will feel like you were in the Delta itself.
Having not flowed for over 30 years, the Savute Channel is now back in full flow all year round. The result, a plentiful amount of game is returning to this scenic area.
14 nights / 490 Miles / Some experience recommended
This timeless itinerary takes you through Botswana's most exciting regions. Starting with the vast salt pans at Nxai Pan before heading north to the wildlife rich Moremi National Pack on the edge of the Okavango Delta, and onto Savuti and Chobe which has over 65,000 elephant. The Chobe Waterfront is one of Africa's best wildlife spectacles. This is all topped off by finishing the safari in a lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi and the impressive Victoria Falls.
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Desert & Delta
18 nights / 975 miles / Some experience recomended
A 19 day safari starting and finishing in Livingstone (Victoria Falls) taking in Nxai Pan, Central Kalahari, Moremi, Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.
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Hwange and the Pans
14 nights / 600 miles / Some experience recomended
Hwange is a fantastic National Park for both wildlife and scenery and after the past the past 15 years Zimbabwe has missed out on a lot of deserved tourism due to the political problems there, we are extremely pleased that it is now opening back up and people are regaining confidence in this great country. Combine it with the Pans in Botswana for a truly varied and exciting journey.
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