Self Drive Safaris

Drive yourself WILD...!!

For those of you who are a little more adventurous, or just wish to get a little more up close and personal to their safari, why not consider a Self Drive safari.

We will provide you with fully kitted 4×4 vehicles, which include tents and all camping equipment together with sat phones and sat navigation, loaded with up to date off-road tracks. We can suggest to you a full itinerary including advice on the best places to visit depending on the time of year. Once your itinerary is settled upon we will then book all the camp sites for you in the National Parks.

If you are a relative novice at 4×4 driving or just wish to brush up on your skills and familiarise yourself with the terrain out here, we also offer a days tuition in the Moremi National Park. Please see the tab “Driving Conditions” for further details.

Our base of operations is in the safari capital of Maun, Botswana, where our vehicles normally start their journey. However, we can arrange for collection and drop-off of vehicles from Kasane, Gaborone, Windhoek, Vic falls, Harare, Livingstone and Johannesburg.

Undertaking a self drive safari with Safari Lifestyles is an adventurous and affordable way to experience the thrills of this country and its neighbours, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Please browse the information in the tabs below and contact us for your requirements.

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The Vehicles

All vehicles are low mileage Toyota 4x4s – either Toyota Land Cruiser Station Wagons and Toyota Hilux Double Cabs – and much of the fleet is still under the manufacturer’s warranty. We’ve chosen Toyota 4×4 vehicles for our fleet for their proven reliability, and each one is expertly maintained.

Landcruiser (79 Series) Double Cab

Double cab 4×4
Fuel & Long Range Tank Capacity –  130L Diesel +40L
Fuel consumption (off-road) – 7km/litre (approx.)
Transmission – Manual
Seats – 4/5
Air Con – Yes
Snorkel – Yes
Spare Wheels – 2
Sat Phone/Sat Nav – Included
Fully Equipped – Yes/Optional
Fridge – Yes, 40 litre
Tents – Yes, roof or ground

Toyota Hilux Double Cab

Double cab 4×4
Fuel & Long Range Tank Capacity –  165L Diesel (80L is standard)
Fuel consumption (off-road) – 12km/litre (approx.)
Transmission – Manual
Seats – 4/5
Air Con – Yes
Snorkel – Yes
Spare Wheels – 2
Sat Phone/Sat Nav – Included
Fully Equipped – Yes/Optional
Fridge – Yes, 40 litre
Tents – Yes, roof or ground

Nissan (NP300) Double Cab

Double cab 4×4
Fuel & Long Range Tank Capacity –  75L Diesel +40L
Fuel consumption (off-road) – 8km/litre (approx.)
Transmission – Manual
Seats – 4/5
Air Con – Yes
Snorkel – Yes
Spare Wheels – 2
Sat Phone/Sat Nav – Included
Fully Equipped – Yes/Optional
Fridge – Yes, 40 litre
Tents – Yes, roof or ground

Suggested Itineraries

  • Northern Route
  • Extension

Classic Northern Route

Day 1: Arrive in Maun, Vehicle briefing, Overnight Maun Camping

On arrival you will be met by a representative from Travel Adventures. You will receive a comprehensive 1-2 hour briefing of the vehicle & equipment & the route you will be driving. Following this you can buy provisions in Maun for the next 9 days on your Self Drive Adventure. Your first night will be spent camping in Maun.

Day 2: Camping in Moremi Game Reserve

The following morning you will depart early for Moremi Game Reserve. This drive will take you 4-6 hours depending on what game & birds you encounter on the way into the Parks. You will spend the next 2 nights camping in Moremi exploring on game drives by day.

Day 3: Camping in Moremi Game Reserve

Day 4: Camping in Khwai Area Moremi Game Reserve

Following breakfast you will pack up camp & drive to the Khwai area of the Moremi Game Reserve. The drive will take you around 4-5 hours depending on what game you see on the way. You will spend 2 nights camping in Khwai exploring in your self drive vehicle by day.

Day 5: Camping in Khwai Area Moremi Game Reserve

Day 6: Camping Savuti Area

Following breakfast you will pack camp and depart Khwai heading for the Savuti region of Chobe National Park. The drive will take you 4-6 hours depending on the game along the way. You will spend 2 nights camping in Savuti and there is no better time to visit Savuti as the Savuti Channel flowed in 2010 for the first time in 30 years! There are also bushmen paintings in Savuti and are signposted on the right side of the main road heading into Savuti. This is the only area in Savuti that you are allowed to exit your vehicle (other than the campsite) and remember not to touch the paintings.

Day 7: Camping Savuti Area

Day 8: Camping in Ihaha Campsite– Chobe National Park

After breakfast and packing camp you will drive from the Savuti area to the Chobe River area of Chobe National Park. The Chobe area is renowned for its spectacular herds on elephants along the Chobe River and you will spend you last 2 nights camping in this area and game driving by day. The drive from Savuti to Chobe will take approx 5-6 hours.

Day 9: Camping in Ihaha Campsite– Chobe National Park

Day 10: Kasane Drop off vehicle

Possible Extension

Day 10: Kasane to Nata

On arrival in Kasane you will buy more provisions and fill the vehicle with fuel for your next 5 days on your Self Drive Adventure.

You will then drive South from Kasane to Nata which is 300kms—be careful of elephant on the road and look out for wild dogs.

The drive will take approx 3-4 hours and is on a tar road. You will spend the night camping at Nata Lodge.

Day 11: Camping at Kubu Island

The following morning you will depart early for Kubu Island and the drive is 90kms off the main road and will take you at least 4-5 hours.

Day 12: Makgadikgadi Pans (Nxai Pan, Baines Baobabs & Njuca Hillls)

You will depart Kubu Island early and head toward the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans where you will spend the next 2 nights camping and

exploring the area in your self drive vehicle by day.

Day 13: Makgadikgadi Pans (Nxai Pan, Baines Baobabs & Njuca Hillls)

Day 14: Khumaga

After breakfast you will leave the pans & head towards Khumaga for the last night camping & explore the area in your vehicle by day.

Day 15: Maun

Following breakfast and packing camp you will head back to Maun to drop off the vehicle. This drive will take approx 2-3 hours to Maun.

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