Ethosha? Okavango? Victoria Falls? Moremi? Savuti? Kalahari?
With so many options to explore southern Africa on a 4×4 safari what do you include in your itinerary?
First of all work out how many days will you spend in southern Africa ( excludes your flight days ect ). For the first night I always recommend that you pick up your 4×4 and do not leave straight away on your safari. Spend the 1st night close to your pick up point ( see our special for a free first night accommodation for your safari group ). Get to know your equipment and the driving conditions in South Africa.
Usually the second and last days are long drives, 800km plus. Make sure you’re rested and use a second driver if you are not use to driving long distances. For the remained of your holiday days do not drive more than 500km ( half day driving / tar roads ). When in wildlife areas such as Ethosha allow 120km per day for sightseeing (remember the pace slows down to 25km/h)
Base your safari plan on your interests. Do you enjoy wildlife? Want more of an adventure holiday with river rafting and hiking in the bush ? Or do you just want to relax and enjoy the new experience? Work these activities into your safari plan and allow enough time to do them.
Rather visit less attractions but make the most of your sightseeing! Also try to spend two or three nights at an attraction. You will find packing up camp every morning not as enjoyable, especially towards the end of your holiday.
Example Itinerary for 21 days 4×4 safari in southern Africa :
1. Kruger National Park / Swaziland / Kosi Bay / Hluhluwe / Drakensberg – 14 Days Easy Family
2. Kruger National Park / Mozambique – 14 Days – Bush and Beach
3. Kalahari Transfrontier Park / Sossusvlei / Etosha / Caprivi / Chobe / Victoria Falls / Okavango / Makgadikgadi Pans – 24 Days Mzanzi Trophy
4. Central Kalahari / Okavango / Makgadikgadi Pans / Chobe / Victoria Falls – 21 Days Soft Safari