Hereafter you will find a 5 days wildlife-rich travel route through Botswana and its wonderful wild scenery. This route can be perfectly combined with Namibia and Zimabwe, if you’ve got some addtional vacation days. Check out the starting point of this combined route in Namibia or the stunning Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Apr. 2017: Hello, Bonjour and Dumêlang from the Botswana travel route. This country awaits you with plenty of wildlife encounters and an ever-changing Okavango Delta that will show you the magnificient wonders of water on our planet. Perfectly situated between Namibia and Zimbabwe, this wildlife beauty is at its best when combined with the gorgeous landscapes of Namibia and amazingly wild game in Zimbabwe.
Keep in mind to not drive during darkness, as it bears many risks due to crossing wildlife, bad road conditions and other hazardous possibilities.
- Length – 5 days / 4 nights
- Total km – ca. 950km
- Vehicle – 4WD indispensable with a tent and fully equipped with camping utensils
- Road conditions – tared, gravel, sandy and potholed
- Accommodation – Hotel, camping
- Highlights – Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans
If you have 5 days of free time and you are longing for outstanding wildlife fascination, Botswana is a must for you, especially if you are flying from Europe, as there is almost no time change. However, if you have a couple of more free days, combine this adventure with Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls – Nata drive about 330km; 4hr 15min but plan a bit more due to a border crossing
Day 1: After the adrenaline-pumped city of Victoria Falls where your flight can touch down on African ground, you will head towards the calmer Botswana via a fairly bad gravel road. Cross borders at Pandamatenga, which is a relaxed border crossing. Afterwards, you will be back on gravel road with an opportunity to get some gas before starting the last 200km for today to reach Nata. Very bad tared road, probably the worst tared road on this trip, with plenty of potholes, is ahead of you. But Nata Lodge is a perfect overnight stay, which offers Game Drives into the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Nata – Maun drive about 320km; 4hr 15min
Day 2 – 4: Head west towards Maun on a potholed, tared road until you reach the old bridge backpackers camp outside the city and next to the river with beautiful camping sites. The camp will help you organizing either a helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta, a Game Drive through Moremi, a three-day Mokoro tour on the Okavango or a weaving course. Plenty of possibilities here, so allow yourself a couple of nights at this fun place. Stunning activities that will offer you close and marvelous wildlife encounters are waiting for you.
Maun – Ghanzi drive about 300km; 3hr 15min
Day 5: On your way to Ghanzi, you can stop at the Dqare Qaere Farm that is led by San people, where you can book an informative bushwalk with a San guide. After proceeding your drive you will soon arrive in Ghanzi, Tautona Lodge is a good camp, where you can enjoy the last night in your rooftop-tent in Botswana. The lodge is situated within a farm, where you could possibly encounter ostriches, zebras, giraffes, brown hyenas and jackals. Lions and cheetah are kept in enclosures at the entrance of the lodge.
From this point, you can take a plane and take off for home, or you continue your journey by crossing into scenic Namibia. Bybe bye, salut and sala sentle∞
If you have any Questions, contact me or check out my advices for Botswana on Instagram.