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Self-drive Botswana safari

8 days from $6,580pp

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

Itinerary highlights

  • 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.

Price includes

Fully insured vehicle rental
All accommodations
  • Maun
  • Nxai Pan National Park
  • Khwai Concession

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Maun


Arriving in Botswana you will be met at the airport and transferred to your lodge in Maun. Spend the afternoon relaxing around the pool after your journey to prepare for the adventure ahead.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Victoria Falls helicopter ride
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