A 4 week adventurous self-drive safari camping trip through Namibia and Botswana and a day-trip to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, together with my son Dio and Stan, one of my best mates at university, a long, long time ago, in June & July 2018.
Namibia’s beauty is simply unbelievable; you can drive hundreds of kilometres and not get bored for a single second. Botswana’s wilderness is beyond spectacular and you drive straight into the best of National Geographic and Animal Planet… Both countries have touched me deep in my heart and I’ll certainly be back!
Enjoy the journey!
Swakopmund & Walvisbay
Moremi & Okavango
I started planning almost a year in advance, which is really necessary if you want to get a camping spot in some of the popular national parks and game reserves that I was planning to visit, as we would be travelling during high season. The final itinerary was the result of months and months of late night online research through websites such as www.SafariTalk.net, www.TripAdvisor.com and www.4x4community.co.za; I don’t know how many hours and sleepless nights I’ve spend on these sites, but it was a lot…!
By the time I had finalised the detailed route and all camping spots I could literally visualise almost the entire trip… The result was what I believe pretty good and in hindsight there is very little I would have liked to do differently.
Al together we drove about 6,500 kilometres, mostly on gravel and sand. We spend our first and last night in Windhoek in an Airbnb and the other 24 nights we camped, at 16 different places. If you are interested in more details please let me know, I’m happy to share!
Day 1 – Jun 19: Arrival Windhoek Day 2 – Jun 20: Windhoek – Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park (Sesriem Campsite) Day 3 – Jun 21: Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park (Sesriem Campsite) Day 4 – Jun 22: Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park – Swakopmund (Alte Bruecke Resort) Day 5 – Jun 23: Swakopmund (Alte Bruecke Resort) Day 6 – Jun 24: Swakopmund – Cape Cross – Spitzkoppe (Spitzkoppe Rest Camp) Day 7 – Jun 25: Spitzkoppe – Palmwag (Palmwag Lodge) Day 8 – Jun 26: Palmwag – Etosha National Park (Olifantsrus Campsite) Day 9 – Jun 27: Etosha National Park (Okaukuejo Campsite) Day 10 – Jun 28: Etosha National Park (Okaukuejo Campsite) Day 11 – Jun 29: Etosha National Park (Halali Campsite) Day 12 – Jun 30: Etosha National Park – Grootfontein (Roy’s Rest Camp) Day 13 – Jul 1: Grootfontein – Caprivi, Divundu (Ngepi Camp) Day 14 – Jul 2: Caprivi, Divundu (Ngepi Camp) Day 15 – Jul 3: Caprivi, Divundu – Kongola (Namushasha Camp Ground) Day 16 – Jul 4: Caprivi, Kongola – Chobe National Park, Kasane (The Big 5 Chobe Lodge) Day 17 – Jul 5: Kasane – Victoria Falls – Kasane (The Big 5 Chobe Lodge) Day 18 – Jul 6: Kasane – Savuti, Chobe National Park (Savuti Campsite) Day 19 – Jul 7: Savuti, Chobe National Park (Savuti Campsite) Day 20 – Jul 8: Savuti, Chobe National Park – Khwai (Magotho Camp) Day 21 – Jul 9: Khwai (Magotho Camp) Day 22 – Jul 10: Khwai – Moremi Game Reserve (North Gate Campsite) Day 23 – Jul 11: Moremi Game Reserve (South Gate Campsite) Day 24 – Jul 12: Moremi Game Reserve (South Gate Campsite) Day 25 – Jul 13: Moremi Game Reserve – Ghanzi (Thakadu Bush Camp) Day 26 – Jul 14: Ghanzi – Windhoek Day 27 – Jul 15: Windhoek – Singapore – Bali