28 Night Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia Self-drive (Jnb-Cpt)

Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia 4 Week Itinerary

Travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4 weeks covering Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. From Johannesburg you head north to Matopos, Hwange and Victoria Falls before crossing into Botswana. Drive through Chobe and Moremi down to Ghanzi where you cross into Namibia. Stop off at the Sossusvlei dunes and Fish River Canyon as you make your way south towards Cape Town.

This itinerary is roughly a 55/45 split between camping and lodge accommodation.

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Day 1

Pick up your vehicle and equipment in Johannesburg before heading north to spend the first night at Leeuwenhof Country Lodge and Spa in the Waterberg area. Accommodation is on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis and includes the use of the spa facilities.

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Day 2

Cross into Botswana spending the next night at Moremi Gorge in the Tswapong Hills area of eastern Botswana.  The Gorge is the source of three permanent waterfalls as well as being one of the last breeding sites for the Cape Vulture. Accommodation is in a chalet with excellent self-catering facilities, with a view across the hills.

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Day 3

Drive north as far as Francistown, spending the night at Woodlands stop-over, just outside the town. Accommodation for the night is in a self-catering chalet at Woodlands – a private farm by the dry Tati River.

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Day 4 – 5

Drive to the Matobo Hills area where spend the next two nights camping at Big Cave Camp. Matobo Hills is a World Heritage site and Big Cave borders the Matobo National Park.

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Day 6 – 7

Cross into Zimbabwe and spend the next three days in the Hwange National Park. The first two nights are spent at Kapula camp, a self-catered tented camp.

Hwange National Park occupies roughly 15 000 sq km and game sighting is excellent in the dry winter months from June to October.

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Day 8

The final night is spent at an exclusive campsite – Deteema Dam – where you are guaranteed to have the site for yourselves.

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Day 9

Continue north to Victoria Falls, where you spend the night. Accommodation is at the newly constructed Batonka Guest Lodge, situated in a quiet residential area 1km from the town centre.

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Day 10

Cross into Botswana to spend the next night at Kubu Lodge. In the afternoon you will do a sunset river cruise along the Chobe River. This is a highlight of many a visitor’s trip to Botswana, and amazing sights such as elephant crossing the river to feed on the grassy islands are never forgotten.

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Day 11 – 12

Continue to Chobe National Park, travelling south to Savuti. Apart from being one of Africa’s prime game viewing areas, Savuti is also stunningly beautiful, with rocky outcrops, and rolling grassland interspersed with dead trees.

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Day 13 – 14

Drive to Moremi Game Reserve – on the edge of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is on the edge of the Okavango Delta and is one of the most spectacular wildlife destinations in Africa. Spend two nights camping at Khwai campsite.

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Day 15

Leave Moremi and drive to Maun, Botswana’s main tourist centre. Accommodation is at a lodge just outside the town by the river in a comfortable chalet.

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Day 16

Today you will do a full day mokoro (dug-out canoe) guided trip into the Delta. Your guide will show you the fauna and flora of the delta area as you meander along the channels and waterways. The trip includes a packed lunch and you will leave your vehicle at the lodge, returning back in the late afternoon.

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Day 17 – 18

Head south south, spending the next two nights camping at Dqae Qare Guest Farm. Dqae Qare San Lodge is a unique Kalahari experience as it is owned and run by the San (Bushmen) people.

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Day 19

Cross into Namibia at the Mamuno border. Camp for the night at West Nest Lodge near the town of Gobabis.

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Day 20

Camp for the next night at the Naukluft campsite in the Naukluft Mountains. The dry river bed runs past the campsite through the stunning mountain scenery, to crystal clear rock pools. Hiking is one of the main reasons for visiting the Naukluft.

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Day 21

Travel to the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Naukluft Park. Your next night is spent at Sesriem campsite in the protected area. Camping at Sesriem means you will be able to get to the Sossusvlei dunes at sunrise when photography is at its best.

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Day 22 – 23

Drive south through spectacular scenery to the NamibRand Nature reserve where you spend two nights at Namibrand Hideout campsite – one of the most spectacular campsite locations in all of Namibia.

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Day 24

Continue your drive south, spending the next night at Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse campsite.  Just east of Aus, Klein Aus Vista is nestled in the granite-gneiss hills with magnificent views of the landscape.

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Day 25 – 26

Travel further south to the Fish River Canyon. The Fish River Canyon is the second largest in the world, and you will be able to visit this wonder of nature the following morning before leaving for South Africa.

Accommodation is at the exciting Cañon Lodge, built from natural materials, including local rock and thatch roofs.

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Day 27

Leave Namibia and drive south as far as Springbok along the N7 highway, where you spend the night at Naries Manor House on the edge of the Spektakelberg.

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Day 28

Continue your journey south. The journey to Clanwilliam takes you through spectacular scenery – and is aptly called the ‘flower route’. You will spend the night at St Du Barrys in the town.

Included

  • 29 days 4×4 vehicle and equipment hire incl one way fees (vehicle with R20,000 insurance excess)
  • GPS with Tracks4Africa
  • All accommodation and camping fees
  • Meals where stated
  • Airport transfers
  • Park fees for Namibrand Nature Reserve
  • Chobe Sunset River Cruise
  • Okavango Mokoro Excursion
  • 4x San Activities
  • Trip handbook, directions & maps

Excluded

International flights; Personal insurance; Visa / border fees; National park / Reserve entrance fees