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Self-drive Botswana safari

8 days from $6,520pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Johannesburg
  • Maun
  • Nxai Pan National Park
  • Khwai Concession
  • Exciting self-driving in a fully equipped 4x4.

  • Visit two contrasting areas of Botswana.

  • Learn about San Bushmen, visit famous baobabs and enjoy the vast night skies.

  • Finish with a classic safari experience on the fringes of the Okavango Delta.

Audley Travel specialist Jack

What our specialists say...

This itinerary is perfectly suited to those with a sense of adventure and desire to see a different side of Botswana. Travelling by road, in your own 4x4 vehicle, connects you to the surroundings and provides a sense of freedom. The itinerary takes you out to lesser-visited parts of Botswana, the remote Nxai Pan National Park where the horizons are huge and scenery is breathtaking. Following a few days here the itinerary takes you on a more classic safari, in the community owned Khwai Concession where you can enjoy game drives, guided walks and mokoro excursions along the channels of the Okavango Delta.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Johannesburg
  • Maun
  • Nxai Pan National Park
  • Khwai Concession

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Maun

Johannesburg , Maun

On arrival in Johannesburg you will continue your journey to Maun. Once you have cleared immigration you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for tonight. In the afternoon you can explore the small town if you wish, or just relax at the lodge before the busy safari starts tomorrow.

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Day 2 Nxai Pan National Park

Maun , Nxai Pan National Park

Your 4x4 vehicle will be delivered to your hotel this morning and you will be given a thorough driver training course. During this session you will be taught how to cope with the different driving conditions and you'll learn about all of the equipment provided with the vehicle. Once you are happy, your self-drive adventure can begin, heading east out of Maun to Nxai Pan National Park. This drive should take approximately three hours. You'll be met at the gate of the park where you can securely leave the vehicle and be transferred to the camp for a refreshing drink and dinner under the stars.

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Day 3 Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park

Enjoy a full day of activities from Nxai Pan. These include walking with the San Bushmen, learning about their culture and nomadic lifestyle. Guided walks are also available, or you can simply unwind at the camp with views of the popular waterhole.

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Day 4 Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan is famous for the enormous Baines' Baobabs which are a prominent feature of the desert landscape here. You can go on a full day trip, taking a picnic lunch with you. During the day you are likely to see wildlife such as elephant, zebra, bat-eared foxes and possibly even cheetah.

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Day 5 Khwai Concession

Nxai Pan National Park , Khwai Concession

You'll get back in your own vehicle today and drive back towards Maun and then head to the fringes of the Okavango Delta and the community owned concession of Khwai. Here you will experience more driving in the bush and on sandy tracks with more wildlife around you. You should aim to arrive in time for early afternoon so you can go out on an evening safari activity.

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Day 6 Khwai Concession

Khwai Concession

Activities in the Khwai Concession focus on game drives during both the day- and night-time. Guided walks are also available and depending on the water levels you may be able to head out on a mokoro too.

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Day 7 Khwai Concession

Khwai Concession

Another full day on safari today. You can head out on an early morning walk, before the temperatures get too high, returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon another game drive will head out, stopping for sundowners and then returning to camp after dark, using a spotlight to see any nocturnal game.

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Day 8 Return home

Khwai Concession

After breakfast this morning you will need to drive yourselves out of the concession and back to Maun in time to drop off the car and catch your onward flight.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Botswana will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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