Come along on an unforgettable journey to the heart of Africa.
We meet at Martinsdrift border. We make our way to our first campground in Nata. Right next to the captivating salt pans. We unwind, go swimming, and enjoy refreshing beverages. In the evening, we gather around our campfire to chat about the days ahead.
The next day early risers can enjoy coffee and rusks as the sun rises on the first morning of your Botswana adventure. After an early morning coffee and rusks, we make our way to Nxai National Park, here we will set up camp for the evening and enjoy what nature has to offer us.
This must-visit park combines the iconic Baine’s Baobabs with superb game viewing further north on the Nxai Pan. Many tourists have visited Baine’s Baobabs, which have become a bucket list item for some travellers as these ancient trees are virtually unchanged since painted by Baine’s 150 years ago.
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After a breakfast we start to pack up camp and make our way west to Maun. Here we will visit some local craft stores and the famous Okavango craft brewery before heading out to our next camp site situated on the banks of the Tamalakane river.
We depart early the next morning making our way to our next camp. Our camp is situated on the Okavango River, in the Okavango Panhandle approximately 50km South of the Nambian Border. Here we will spend the next two days relaxing and enjoying the Okavango River.
In the heart of southern Africa, the Kalahari Desert gives way to one of the world’s largest wetlands as seasonal rains from Angola’s highlands flood northern Botswana’s Okavango Delta. An oasis in the desert. It is one of the largest freshwater wetlands in southern Africa and is home to over 1,000 species of plants and animals. It is an endorheic delta, meaning it has no outlet to the sea and its waters drain into the desert sands of the Kalahari Basin. It is made up of over 150,000 islands, some tiny, others more than 10km long.
We can enjoy a wide range of classic Okavango experiences including Makoros, day boating and birding adventures. Sunset cruises, guided island walks and guided River safaris and fishing or just relax at the swimming pool and bar with a deck overlooking the Okavango River.
Next up is the famous Tsodilo Hills. Tsodilo Hills in Botswana is a rare and unique place with an atmosphere of intrigue and mystery. “The word Tsodilo is derived from the Hambukushu word 'sorile' which means sheer. It is believed to be the site of first Creation by the Bushmen who painted more than 3500 rock paintings against the magnificent stone faces of the hills. Some of the paintings date back to around 800 to 1300 AD. Perhaps that is why the site is held sacred by the locals.”
After spending some time at Tsodilo Hills, we make our way to the Caprivi, where we cross the border into Namibia. Over the course of the next four days, we explore the Caprivi strip visiting the Kwando River and much more, making our way to Chobe National Park where we will spend the next three day exploring the breathtaking Chobe River.
With a landscape unlike anywhere else in Namibia and with a great diversity of wildlife, the former Caprivi Strip can induce intrepid traveller to explore its wildlife areas. The Okavango and Kwando Rivers snake across the Strip giving rise to waterfalls, rapids, and swamps.
The Caprivi is the hidden safari gem of Namibia and is an adventurous wildlife destination, after the Etosha National Park, it is arguably the second- best safari region in Namibia. What makes the wildlife areas in this region so special is the fact that you have the chance to encounter animals, plants, and landscapes which you will not find anywhere else in Namibia
The two main rivers which shape the region are the Kavango and the Kwando. Both rivers flow from the Angolan highlands, supplying the Caprivi with water and thus, making the region greener and more fertile than the rest of the country. Interestingly, both rivers change their names when they enter Botswana. The Kavango becomes the Okavango River, which then goes to feed the Okavango Delta. The Kwando becomes the Linyati River and further to the east, the Cobe River, which eventually merges with the mighty Zambezi River.
Chobe River is the scene for some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa as well as providing a safe haven for the continent's greatest concentration of elephants.
Our last day will be close to Nata where we will spend our last evening together with a view of elephants around the campfire.
Tour Price Includes
All Camping Fees
Park Entry Fees if camping in a park
Morning Coffee with rusks
Two-way radios for in-vehicle-communication
Experienced Guide & Advanced 4x4 Driving Instructor
Tour Price Excludes
4x4 Vehicle Hire
Border Fees (Trailer / Caravan)
Park Entry Fees of parks where we do not camp.
Frequently asked questions
Where does the tour start and end?
START – Martin’s Drift (BOTS/RSA)
END – Nata (Bots)
Total Kilometers of tour:
+- 2147 km.
2x4, 4x4, and SUV with good ground clearance.
Equipped with standard tires.
Fuel range of approx. 650km.
Fuel is readily available, advisable to carry extra fuel.
Features accessible recovery points, securely attached to the chassis.
Trailers / Caravans:
Camping Trailers & Offroad Caravans.
Own camping equipment is required.
Fridge/Freezer and cooking/braai accessories.
Ground tents / Rooftop tents welcome.
Some campsites may lack comprehensive ablution facilities, so it is essential to be self-sufficient in these situations.
A valid passport with at least 6 months remaining validity before expiry.
A valid driver’s license.
Children need a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate as well as a letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.
Guests from non-SADC countries may need a visa if required.
Original Vehicle registration certificate (a certified copy is acceptable). Drivers whose vehicles are still financed will have to use a certified copy of the registration certificate.
If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle, you must have a letter from the financial institution, company, or friend authorizing you to take the vehicle across the border.
Proof of vehicle insurance.