20 Day Namibia and Botswana self-drive safari

20 Day Namibia and Botswana self-drive safari

Route Description

A Namibia and Botswana self-drive route for an extensive view of these southern African countries. Combining culture and wildlife this is the ultimate self drive route for a 3 week holiday.

Tour starts & ends in: Windhoek

Day 1: Windhoek – Sesriem area
Day 2: Sossusvlei – Naukluft
Day 3 & 4: Swakopmund
Day 5 & 6: Damaraland
Day 7, 8, 9: Etosha National Park
Day 10, 11, 12: Caprivi / Zambezi Region
Day 13, 14: Chobe National Park / Kasane
Day 15: Victoria Falls Day Tour  – Kasane
Day 16: Gweta
Day 17: Maun
Day 18: Okavango Delta – Maun
Day 19: Ghanzi
Day 20: Windhoek

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek – Namibgrens Guest Farm
Depart Windhoek for the Naukluft Mountains area and the Namibgrens Guest Farm. An ideal stop over before getting to the dunes of Sossusvlei. Namibgrens offers beautiful scenery, hiking trails and magnificent sunsets. Drive time: 2.5 hours

Day 2: Sesriem area
Depart Namibgrens for the dune belt of the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei. Visit the Sesriem Canyon and the dunes this afternoon or in the morning of day three for the sunrise.
Drive time: 2.5 hours

Day 3 & 4: Swakopmund
Visit the dunes for sunrise this morning before heading to Swakopmund. Beautiful desert landscapes await like Kuiseb Canyon, Gaob Pass and pass the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop off at the Walvis Bay Lagoon where large numbers of flamingos and pelicans feed. Your final destination today is Swakopmund. Enjoy a meal at one of the many excellent restaurants who specialize in sea food or game meat. Drive time: 4 hours

Day 5 & 6: Damaraland
You can head up toward the Skeleton Coast today with an optional visit to Cape Cross Seal Colony before heading east to the Damaraland area. Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings is well worth a visit this afternoon or the next morning. The Save the Rhino Trust is also a site you could visit while in the area. Drive time: 3-4 hours

Day 7, 8, 9: Etosha National Park
Departing Swakopmund you head for the premier game park of Namibia – The Etosha National Park where you spend 3 nights. Spend time on game drives in your own vehicle or join a guided game drive at the rest camps at an additional charge. Drive time: Damaraland – Etosha`s Anderson Gate: 3-4 hours

Day 10, 11, 12: Caprivi
The Caprivi strip, renamed to the Zambezi Region is home to numerous game parks and an abundance of game. Spend two nights overlooking the Okavango River exploring Mahango Game Reserve and Buffalo concession area. Another night is spent near the Kwando River area to visit Mudumu and Mamili National Parks
Drive time: Von Lindequist gate – Divundu: 8 hours

Day 13, 14: Chobe National Park
Cross the border into Botswana and spend two nights at a lodge in Kasane overlooking the Chobe River. Explore the park by guided game drive or in your own vehicle if you are driving a 4×4. A sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River is highly recommended and offers excellent game viewing and birding from the comfort of the boat.
Drive time: Kwando – Kasane: 5 hours

Day 15: Victoria Falls Day Tour – Kasane
Enjoy a guided day tour to the Victoria Falls today. Included is transport, park entry fees, lunch, visit to the craft market and Victoria Falls town.
Duration: 8 am to 5 pm

Day 16: Gweta
Depart Kasane for the Makgadigadi area. Planet Baobab is home to some of the oldest Baobab trees in the world. Take a walk through the grounds exploring these trees or if you arrive early enough you can visit Nxai Pan National Park or even the Nata Bird sanctuary before checking in at Planet Baobab.
Drive time: Kasane – Gweta: 4 hours

Day 17: Maun
Maun is only a short drive away so this morning you can also visit Nxai Pan or go on a guided quad bike trip into Makgadigadi from Planet Baobab.
Arrive in Maun in the afternoon where you can do a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta or relax at your accommodation.
Drive time: Gweta – Maun: 2.5 hours

Day 18: Okavango Delta
Head into the Okavango Delta for an authentic Mokoro experience. Mokoros are traditional wooden dugout canoes where a poler stands in the back of the canoe with a long pole and poles you along the waterways of the Delta. You spend one night wild camping on one of the delta islands. Camping equipment and meals are provided. Your guides will take you on a guided walk on the islands and if you are lucky you could see some zebra, elephant, giraffe and antelope.

Day 19: Ghanzi
Arrival back in Maun should be around lunch time. Departing Maun head south west in the direction of Ghanzi. Ghanzi is home to a few Bushmen communities. Tonight will be spent at one of these communities where guests can experience traditional dancing or even join a guided walk where the Bushmen will share some ancient knowledge of the bush and uses for various plants.
Drive Time: Maun – Ghanzi: 3 hours

Day 20: Windhoek
Arriving back in Namibia the trip ends on arrival in Windhoek.
Drive time: Ghanzi – Windhoek: 6 hours



Rates: Prices are subject to change due to availability and unforeseen changes.

  July – October 2015 November & December 2015 January – June 2016 July – October 2016
Camping pp (based on 2 ppl)


N$ 9 025 N$ 9 106 N$ 9 279 N$ 9 279
3* accommodation pp sharing N$ 26 482 N$ 25 525 N$ 26 190 N$ 27 861

Included Excluded

Quotes include:

  • Camping: Only camping fees – no meals and no entrance fees
  • Accommodation 3 *: twin en-suite rooms on dinner bed and breakfast rates except Swakopmund which is B&B. no entrance fees.
  • Victoria Falls guided day tour
  • 1 night catered mokoro trip into the Okavango Delta – tented accommodation

Quotes exclude:

  • Vehicle rental fees
  • Park fees
  • Fuel

*Note that we can quote vehicle rental separately if so required.