Southern Botswana Self-Drive Tour – 12 Days

Start this extraordinary self-drive safari in South Africa, heading to Serowe and winding through Botswana’s diverse landscapes. Serowe’s historical charm welcomes you before you delve into the surreal beauty of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. In Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, glide through serene waters on a traditional mokoro safari.

Gweta’s ancient baobabs and Nata’s flamingo-dotted horizons offer unforgettable sights. Finally, Francistown blends urban allure with natural wonders. This adventure immerses you in Botswana’s wild heart, promising memorable encounters and cherished memories.

Accommodation
Campsite
Lodge
Day Summary
  • DAY 1 - Goo-Moremi Gorge , Botswana
  • DAY 2 - Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Serowe
  • DAY 3 - Tiaan's Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • DAY 4 - Drifters Maun Lodge, Maun
  • DAY 5 - Drifters Maun Lodge, Maun
  • DAY 6 - Planet Baobab Campsite, Gweta
  • DAY 7 - Nata Lodge, Nata
  • DAY 8 - Woodlands Stop-over, Francistown
  • DAY 9 - Woodlands Stop-over, Francistown
  • DAY 10 - Limpopo River Lodge, Botswana
Included
  • 4×4 Air-Conditioned Vehicle Rental
  • Camping Gear
  • All meals
  • Airport Transfers
Excluded
  • Personal Visa Fees
  • International Airline Fees
  • Non-included Activities
  • Non-included Alcoholic Beverages
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gratuities & Tips

Route Map

Day by day

Departure/Return Location:
Hosea Kutako International Airport
  • DAY 1 - Goo-Moremi Gorge , Botswana
    Embark on a seamless self-drive adventure tailored for South African explorers. Choose Stockpoort or Grobler’s Bridge border post as your entry point to Botswana. Your destination: Goo-Moremi Resort near Palapye, a convenient drive from Gauteng. If you're traveling from a southern province, plan for an additional day or two for the journey.
    Nestled at the base of the scenic Tswapong Hills, Goo-Moremi Resort reveals the hidden gem of Goo-Moremi Gorge. Just an hour's drive from Palapye (approximately 68 km), the resort is your oasis. After Moremi village, a brief stretch of sandy gravel road leads you to this tranquil haven. Please note, Park Entry Fees of approximately P 60 P/P are payable on-site, adding to the adventure's charm.
  • DAY 2 - Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Serowe
    Begin your day serenaded by the melodic call of the Swainson’s spurfowl. Take a leisurely morning stroll around the campsite; the elusive Kudu might grace you with its presence. After a hearty breakfast, embark on a guided hike into the gorge. Marvel at ancient trees, lush ferns, and serene rock pools. While the gorge's inviting waters can't be swum in – it's a sacred site – the allure of the waterfall and a vulture colony within the depths captivates the senses.
    Leaving Goo-Moremi behind, follow the tar road toward Palapye. Should time allow, venture to the historic village of Old Palapye, a testament to Botswana's rich past. Continue your journey to Khama Rhino Sanctuary, located north of Serowe. This intimate reserve stands as Botswana's premier rhino haven. At Malema Pan, park your vehicle and enjoy the awe-inspiring sight of these majestic creatures quenching their thirst. The sanctuary's diverse wildlife further enhances this enchanting experience.
  • DAY 3 - Tiaan's Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
    Embrace the northern horizon today. Refuel your vehicle in the charming mining town of Letlhakane before continuing your adventure. As you approach Mopipi, the serene beauty of Lake Xau, the culmination point of the Boteti River, will captivate your senses. Tonight, find solace at Tiaan’s Camp, nestled on the outskirts of Xhumanga beside the tranquil Boteti River. Keep your camera ready; elephant sightings are a frequent delight in this natural oasis.

    Not only is this camp a gateway to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, just a river's breadth away, but it also serves as a launching pad for explorations into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. If time allows, extending your stay by a day opens the door to this wilderness wonder. Don't miss the opportunity to pre-book guided game and nature drives at the lodges in the vicinity, promising encounters with Botswana's wild heart.
  • DAY 4 - Drifters Maun Lodge, Maun
    Today's journey traces the B300 road northward, leading you to the picturesque town of Motopi. Upon crossing the charming bridge spanning the Boteti River, the A3 tar road unveils itself before you. Your path continues westward on the A3, guiding you to the welcoming embrace of Drifters Lodge, nestled just 30 km outside the vibrant hub of Maun.

    At Drifters Lodge, you'll discover your sanctuary for the next two days. Allow the tranquility of the surroundings to envelop you; this is your time to unwind and immerse yourself in the wilderness atmosphere. Whether you choose to lose yourself in the pages of a captivating book or indulge in a leisurely nap, the day is yours to savor.

    For those seeking a touch of urban adventure, Maun awaits. Venture into the town for refueling, a bit of shopping, or simply to wander its streets, absorbing the local sights and sounds. Your base at Drifters Lodge offers the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration, promising a delightful interlude in your safari.
  • DAY 5 - Drifters Maun Lodge, Maun
    On day two you have the day at leisure or to explore the surrounding area at your one pace.
  • DAY 6 - Planet Baobab Campsite, Gweta
    Your journey continues to Gweta today, tracing the A3 road amidst the vast beauty of Botswana. While the road may bear the marks of its journey, your destination promises enchantment. Planet Baobab emerges on the horizon, a haven nestled close to the A3 main road.
    Here, the landscape is adorned with the ancient splendor of baobab trees, casting their majestic silhouettes against the African sky. Planet Baobab welcomes you with open arms, offering a refreshing oasis complete with a sparkling pool and a delightful restaurant.
    Choosing to extend your stay grants you a golden opportunity: a visit to the renowned Ntwetwe Pan. This natural wonder resides in the western expanse of the Makgadikgadi National Park, inviting you to explore its boundless beauty. Your day unfolds amidst the breathtaking panoramas of the pan, promising an unforgettable adventure beneath the vast African heavens.
  • DAY 7 - Nata Lodge, Nata
    Eastward along the A3 lies Nata, a vibrant town offering both convenience and wonder. Stop for fuel and refreshments at the local Wimpy before delving into the captivating allure of the Makgadikgadi's eastern reaches.
    Nata is your ideal base for exploration, granting access to the mesmerizing Sua Pan. Don't miss the chance to visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, accessible by heading back onto the tar road and driving southwards.
    Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the sanctuary's splendor. Although the pan often lies desolate, serendipity may gift you a rare sight: its vast expanse filled with meter-deep waters stretching to the horizon. This phenomenon transforms the landscape into a palette of colors, inviting a myriad of birdlife, from majestic pelicans to elegant spoonbills. Witnessing this natural spectacle is a testament to the wonders awaiting in Botswana's untamed wilderness.
  • DAY 8 - Woodlands Stop-over, Francistown
    As you set course for Francistown, keep a watchful eye on the A3, where encounters with wildlife and vigilant traffic officers are common. Adhering to speed limits not only ensures safety but also conserves fuel for your adventure.
    Arriving just north of Francistown, discover the Woodlands Stop Over, a haven for travelers seeking both respite and exploration. This lodge beckons with excellent camping facilities, inviting you to unwind amidst nature's embrace. Embark on short hiking trails that unveil the area's natural beauty and encounter a vibrant array of birdlife, adding a touch of enchantment to your Botswana sojourn.
  • DAY 9 - Woodlands Stop-over, Francistown
    Venture beyond the camp's borders to unravel the secrets of the past at the Domboshaba ruins. A predominantly tarred road guides you through charming villages, rustic farms, and stretches of bush, immersing you in the heart of Botswana's heritage.
    Upon reaching the site, a knowledgeable guide awaits, ready to lead you on an enlightening journey through history. Discover the fascinating tale of this ancient settlement, once an integral part of the Great Zimbabwe network, as you wander among the ruins.
    For easy navigation, seek directions from the reception or follow the GPS coordinates S20.60284 E27.37287, ensuring your exploration of Domboshaba is as seamless as it is enriching.
  • DAY 10 - Limpopo River Lodge, Botswana
    Your remarkable journey concludes today as you bid farewell to Botswana. The road back to South Africa takes you via the exciting low-water bridge at Platjan, adding a touch of adventure to your return. Alternatively, you can opt for border crossings at Zanzibar or Martin’s Drift/Grobler’s Bridge for a different route back home. Safe travels!

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