So, I am not sure about the Tigers and Bears…But I know there will be Lions! And cheetahs and leopards and rhinos and elephants and hippos and…
We leave for Africa in 2 weeks! We have booked our 4×4, planned out our first week through Botswana and are still trying to figure out what we have gotten ourselves into!
Thanks to RoundWeGo we were
tricked inspired to self drive through Africa instead of hiring a tour company. In three weeks we will spend as much money as we have spent traveling through SE Asia for five months. This is our big adventure within an even bigger adventure that we have budgeted for, and are excited to explore an area that we have both been anticipating for a long time. I never knew if I would be able to travel to Africa, and now I am counting down the days until my flight!
We will be camping in Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Etosha National Park and a short visit to Victora Falls over the course of 3 – 4 weeks. We are still working on our packing list, what types of food to carry with us in the car and the exact route to drive between parks. We have no idea what to expect but we are arriving at the airport at 6:30 AM, picking up our truck and hitting the road to Botswana.
Leave any tips, guidebook suggestions or personal experiences that you have had while traveling through Botswana, Namibia or South Africa. We need all the help we can get!
The only Lions, Tigers, and Bears I would want to see are the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Bears!
I’d like it if there were some Colts out there…
Dan W says
I haven’t been to those countries but did spend a month in Tanzania. The one piece of advice I would give anyone traveling to Africa is to plan your trip where you’re driving only during daylight hours. The roads become dangerous at night with very few street lights if any, animals migrating, and other undesirables. Hope you all will get a GPS because road signs may be minimal. Have a wonderful trip, stay safe, and take lots of pictures!
Yes, we plan on only driving during daylight as much as possible. Our rental company suggested a GPS was unnecessary given our route through Botswana and Namibia, so we’re hoping, if anything, it just makes it more of an adventure. 🙂
Lisa Keith says
Hi, my husband and I are leaving in July for a 3 week self drive trip to Namibia. Just wondering what you thought about the company you hired your vehicle from and if there is any advice to consider when choosing a vehicle…
Also any must sees.. we are planning to hit up Sossuvlei, Swakomund, spitzkoppe, Etosha, Damaraland and Skeleton Coast.. not in that order. Any help would be lovely.
Josh Eaton says
We used Bushtrackers and would highly recommend them: http://www.bushtrackers.co.za/. We especially liked it b/c it wasn’t covered in logos, just a plain vehicle (well, with a tent on top).
Sossusvlei and Etosha were the primary places we visited in Namibia and they are highly recommended.