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    Hello,

    My wife and I booked a self-drive truck with Africamper from June 28th- August 1s. We just realized that our timing overlaps with the SA school holidays so are having a tough time booking rest camps. This is our first time doing this so we paid a tour operator to comprise the rough itinerary below. Any advice on things to add or miss from the below schedule would be much appreciated. We really wanted to go to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park but they had no openings so we had to scratch it off. What are the chances of cancellations over the next several weeks? Would we be better off doing this in reverse? We want to see a lot but also don't want to spend all our time going from A to B.

    Thanks for the help, Tom


    27.6.
    Arrival in Jo´burg


    28.6.Jo´burg –Vryburg – Kuruman –Witsand Nature Reserve
    Camping in Witsand Nature Reserve, Information: http://www.witsandkalahari.co.za

    29.6. Visit Augrabies Falls National Park
    Camping in Augrabies Falls National Park, Information / Reservation: http://www.sanparks.org, E-Mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:[email protected]"[email protected] parks.org

    30.6. Augrabies Falls NP

    1.7. Border crossing to Namibia in Nakop, drive to Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop or to Fish River Canyon
    Camping Quiver Tree Forest, http://www.quivertreeforest.com

    2.7. Drive to Aus and via C13 and D707 to Koiimasis Farm, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
    Camping on Koiimasis Farm, www.namibia-farm-lodge.com
    370 km
    3.7. Drive to Sesriem (stop in Duwisib Castle)
    Sesriem Campsite, Reservation: NWR Camps, http://www.nwr.com.na

    4.7. Sossusvlei
    Sesriem Campsite, see above

    5.7. Sesriem – Solitaire – Walvis Bay – Swakopmund
    Swakopmund, Camping or Room in Desert Sky Backpackers, Anton Lubowski Ave., Tel. +264 64 40
    6.7. Day trip to Cape Cross Seal colony and/or Welwitschia Trail
    Swakopmund, see above

    7.7. Swakopmund –Spitzkoppe
    Camping in Spitzkoppe Nature Reserve (no reservation necessary)

    8.7. Spitzkoppe –Brandberg
    Camping / Double in Brandberg White Lady Lodge, www.brandbergwllodge.com

    9.7. Drive to Etosha National Park or stay one more night in Brandberg White Lady Lodge to see rock engravings
    Okaukuejo or Namutoni Rest Camp, Reservation: NWR Camps, http://www.nwr.com.na

    10.7. Etosha National Park
    See above

    11.7. Etosha National Park
    See above

    12.7. Drive to Grootfontein (visit Hoba Meteorite)
    Olea Caravanpark, Grootfontein

    13.7. Grootfontein –Mahangu Game Park (Caprivi Strip)
    Camping /Double in Mahangu Safari Lodge, http://www.mahangu.com.na

    14.7. Visit Mahangu Game Park, drive to Mudumo National Park (Caprivi Strip)
    Camping / Double in Namushasha Lodge, http://www.namushashalodge.com

    15.7. Border crossing to Sambia in Katima Mulio, drive to Livingstone
    Camping / Chalet in The Waterfront, Livingstone, www.safpar.com/waterfront.html

    16.7. Visit Victoria Falls
    Camping / Chalet The Waterfront, see above

    17.7. River Rafting on Zambezi
    Camping / Chalet The Waterfront

    18.7. Border Crossing to Botswana in Kazungula, drive to Kasane, sunset river cruise on Chobe River
    Camping / Double in Chobe Safari Lodge, Kasane, www.chobesafarilodge.com

    19.7. Drive to Ihaha Camp on Chobe Riverfront, Chobe National Park
    Ihaha Camp. Reservation Camp: Kwalate Safaris, E-Mail: [email protected]. Reservation National Park: Parks and Reserves Reservations Office, http://www.mewt.gov.bw/DWNP, E-Mail: [email protected]

    20.7. Drive to Savuti Camp, Chobe National Park
    Savuti Camp. Reservation Camp: SKL Camps, www.sklcamps.com. Reservation National Park: see above

    21.7. Game drive in Chobe National Park
    Savuti Camp, see above

    22.7. Drive towards Moremi Reserve to Khwai River Camp
    Khwai River Community Camp. Pay fee in Khwai Village or try to make a reservation with the Khwai Development Trust, E-Mail: [email protected]

    23.7. Drive into Moremi Wildlife Reserve to Xakanaxa or Third Bridge Camp
    Xakanaxa or Third Bridge Camp. Reservation Xakanaxa: Kwalate Safaris, E-Mail: [email protected]. Reservation Third Bridge: Xomae Group, http://www.xomaesites.com. Reservation National Park: Parks and Reserves Reservations Office, http://www.mewt.gov.bw/DWNP, E-Mail: [email protected]

    24.7. Moremi Wildlife Reserve
    Xakanaxa or Third Bridge Camp, see above

    25.7. Drive to Maun
    Camping in Audi Camp, www.okavangocamp.com

    26.7. Okavango Delta
    Compare offers of Tour operators in Maun (e.g. Audi Camp Safaris)

    27.7. Okavango Delta

    28.7. Drive to Nxai Pans National Park
    South Camp in Nxai Pans National Park, Camp Site Reservation: Xomae Group, http://www.xomaesites.com; National Park Reservation: Parks and Reserves Reservations Office, http://www.mewt.gov.bw/DWNP, E-Mail: [email protected]

    29.7. Drive via Rakops, Lethlakane and Serowe to Khama Rhino Sanctuary near Palapye
    Camping in Khama Rhino Sanctuary, www.khamarhinosanctuary.org.bw

    30.7. Palapye –Martin´s Drift (Border crossing to South Africa) –Vaalwater
    Camping / Double in Zeederbergs B&B, www.zeederbergs.co.za

    31.7. Drive back to Jo´burg


    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Hi Tom. All the places you are going to is fantastic and highly recommendable, but please don't make the same mistake I made on my first overland trip.

    Make sure you spend enough time at these wonderful places to really get to know it but more importantly to enjoy it.

    The way you are going to travel you merely drive, set your camp up, pack again and then drive to the next site to do it all over again. You need to make time for early morning and late afternoon game drives. Make time to explore and relax!!!!!

    What works well for me is to try and set up camp for at least 2 nights at most places. There is nothing more enjoyable than waking up in the morning and knowing that you don't need to break up camp for the day.

    You are welcome to contact me should you wish to get some more ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by tswain View Post
    Hello,

    My wife and I booked a self-drive truck with Africamper from June 28th- August 1s. We just realized that our timing overlaps with the SA school holidays so are having a tough time booking rest camps. This is our first time doing this so we paid a tour operator to comprise the rough itinerary below. Any advice on things to add or miss from the below schedule would be much appreciated. We really wanted to go to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park but they had no openings so we had to scratch it off. What are the chances of cancellations over the next several weeks? Would we be better off doing this in reverse? We want to see a lot but also don't want to spend all our time going from A to B.

    Thanks for the help, Tom


    27.6.
    Arrival in Jo´burg


    28.6.Jo´burg –Vryburg – Kuruman –Witsand Nature Reserve
    Camping in Witsand Nature Reserve, Information: http://www.witsandkalahari.co.za Long drive - lots of roadworks between Vryburg and Kuruman


    29.6. Visit Augrabies Falls National Park
    Camping in Augrabies Falls National Park, Information / Reservation: http://www.sanparks.org, E-Mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:[email protected]"[email protected] parks.org Nice camping

    30.6. Augrabies Falls NP Try to do a night drive - book at entrance


    1.7. Border crossing to Namibia in Nakop, drive to Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop or to Fish River Canyon
    Camping Quiver Tree Forest, http://www.quivertreeforest.com Nice camping and the quiver tree forest is beautifull as well as Giants playground

    2.7. Drive to Aus and via C13 and D707 to Koiimasis Farm, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
    Camping on Koiimasis Farm, www.namibia-farm-lodge.com
    370 km There is also nice camping at Namtiblodge. Under big trees, on the edge of the desert.

    3.7. Drive to Sesriem (stop in Duwisib Castle)
    Sesriem Campsite, Reservation: NWR Camps, http://www.nwr.com.na

    4.7. Sossusvlei
    Sesriem Campsite, see above

    5.7. Sesriem – Solitaire – Walvis Bay – Swakopmund
    Swakopmund, Camping or Room in Desert Sky Backpackers, Anton Lubowski Ave., Tel. +264 64 40 Try camping at Sophia Dale Basecamp 9 kilos outside Swakopmund. Look over the moonlandscape. And visit Brauhaus in Swakop - nice and cheap dinners.

    6.7. Day trip to Cape Cross Seal colony and/or Welwitschia Trail
    Swakopmund, see above Please remember to take out the permit for the Welwitchia trail

    7.7. Swakopmund –Spitzkoppe
    Camping in Spitzkoppe Nature Reserve (no reservation necessary) Nice place

    8.7. Spitzkoppe –Brandberg
    Camping / Double in Brandberg White Lady Lodge, www.brandbergwllodge.com In Uis is also nice camping at the lodge.

    9.7. Drive to Etosha National Park or stay one more night in Brandberg White Lady Lodge to see rock engravings
    Okaukuejo or Namutoni Rest Camp, Reservation: NWR Camps, http://www.nwr.com.na There is 6 kilos before the Anderson Gate nice camping on a farmer farm, Eldorado Lodge. SO, if you drive late, sleep the night before entering the park there.

    10.7. Etosha National Park I prefer Okakuju
    See above

    11.7. Etosha National Park
    See above

    12.7. Drive to Grootfontein (visit Hoba Meteorite)
    Olea Caravanpark, Grootfontein Next to the Meteorite is a camping place. Do not camp in Grootfontein, lots of local people. Not safe.

    13.7. Grootfontein –Mahangu Game Park (Caprivi Strip)
    Camping /Double in Mahangu Safari Lodge, http://www.mahangu.com.na

    14.7. Visit Mahangu Game Park, drive to Mudumo National Park (Caprivi Strip)
    Camping / Double in Namushasha Lodge, http://www.namushashalodge.com

    15.7. Border crossing to Sambia in Katima Mulio, drive to Livingstone
    Camping / Chalet in The Waterfront, Livingstone, www.safpar.com/waterfront.html Remember there is Caprivi Housebout Safari in Katima Mililo - nice camping spot and he (Coert) is also a commercial member on the forum

    16.7. Visit Victoria Falls
    Camping / Chalet The Waterfront, see above

    17.7. River Rafting on Zambezi
    Camping / Chalet The Waterfront

    18.7. Border Crossing to Botswana in Kazungula, drive to Kasane, sunset river cruise on Chobe River
    Camping / Double in Chobe Safari Lodge, Kasane, www.chobesafarilodge.com We use Simo 00267 73658405 for the sunset boat on the Chobe. Very nice and cheaper than the other. We also stay at Chobe River lodge and use Simo to go to the falls with him, cheap and not every time border cross payments.

    19.7. Drive to Ihaha Camp on Chobe Riverfront, Chobe National Park
    Ihaha Camp. Reservation Camp: Kwalate Safaris, E-Mail: [email protected]. Reservation National Park: Parks and Reserves Reservations Office, http://www.mewt.gov.bw/DWNP, E-Mail: [email protected]

    20.7. Drive to Savuti Camp, Chobe National Park
    Savuti Camp. Reservation Camp: SKL Camps, www.sklcamps.com. Reservation National Park: see above

    21.7. Game drive in Chobe National Park
    Savuti Camp, see above

    22.7. Drive towards Moremi Reserve to Khwai River Camp
    Khwai River Community Camp. Pay fee in Khwai Village or try to make a reservation with the Khwai Development Trust, E-Mail: [email protected]

    23.7. Drive into Moremi Wildlife Reserve to Xakanaxa or Third Bridge Camp
    Xakanaxa or Third Bridge Camp. Reservation Xakanaxa: Kwalate Safaris, E-Mail: [email protected]. Reservation Third Bridge: Xomae Group, http://www.xomaesites.com. Reservation National Park: Parks and Reserves Reservations Office, http://www.mewt.gov.bw/DWNP, E-Mail: [email protected]

    24.7. Moremi Wildlife Reserve
    Xakanaxa or Third Bridge Camp, see above

    25.7. Drive to Maun
    Camping in Audi Camp, www.okavangocamp.com There are other camping also available near Maun. Audi very noisy.


    26.7. Okavango Delta
    Compare offers of Tour operators in Maun (e.g. Audi Camp Safaris)

    27.7. Okavango Delta

    28.7. Drive to Nxai Pans National Park
    South Camp in Nxai Pans National Park, Camp Site Reservation: Xomae Group, http://www.xomaesites.com; National Park Reservation: Parks and Reserves Reservations Office, http://www.mewt.gov.bw/DWNP, E-Mail: [email protected]

    29.7. Drive via Rakops, Lethlakane and Serowe to Khama Rhino Sanctuary near Palapye
    Camping in Khama Rhino Sanctuary, www.khamarhinosanctuary.org.bw

    30.7. Palapye –Martin´s Drift (Border crossing to South Africa) –Vaalwater
    Camping / Double in Zeederbergs B&B, www.zeederbergs.co.za

    31.7. Drive back to Jo´burg


    Cheers,

    Tom
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    Tom, as I said in the previous thread, why Livingstone/Zambia?

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    sounds like a good trip, but lots of driving involved and not much down time.
    from Keetmanshoop consider to go up the C14 to Bethanie and stop at the butcher there for chili bites - best biltong ever... about 30km North of Bethanie you turn left at Konkiep Lapa camp and take the D425 to link up with the C13. Turn left on C13 down to the Tirasberg turning D707 - that will take you to Koiimasis - it is well signposted, and very far off the road. I saw an Aardwolf there one time. An absolutely beautiful campsite, with some of the best showers on the African continent - but the owner is a little bit of a crazy/scary lady. If you ask her nicely she might dig out some Oryx steaks from her freezer. and look out for the parrot - it bites!
    There are better places to stay than Dester Sky Backpackers.... if you'd rather be in a bed than camp, Amanpuri is good, and has off street parking.
    Consider Alpec camp at Kamanjab - rumour has it that the owner has permission to enter the west side of Etosha NP.
    Eldorado is ok, but i have witnessed staff throwing rocks at a leopard (in an enclosure) to get a reaction for tourists - thats so not cool - but was some years ago.
    Hoba Meteorite and Otjikoto Lake are both worth a visit, but 20 mins max will do you at each one. If i were you i would push on to Roys camp about 50km north of Grootfontein. Its a lovely place, with a good restaurant and away from the town, which is not such a nice place.
    Beware if you stop in Rundu and do not leave your vehicle unattended for a second. thefts from motor vehicles are a daily occurence there. particulalry outside the Shoprite complex.
    Audi Camp is noisy, but no more than any other campsite in Maun - and some of the other places have security issues.

    Enjoy

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    why camp when I can give you a good price on a room?

    Do you want to see anything in swakop? As I would recomend rather driving through the park direct to swakop, road much better.
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    Tom, this is a good plan, I did a very similar trip a few years ago (without Zambia, we visited Vic Falls on a day trip from Kasane). Keep looking online for Kgalagadi cancellations, they do happen. Apart from three main camps, check the Kalahari Tented Camp. They have more accommodation so your chance are a bit better. Then you can swap Augrabies for Kgalagadi and stay on course for the rest. Enjoy the trip!

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    Between 13.7 and 14.7 you must ad at least 2 nights camping in the Babwata game reserve on the western side of the Kwando river at the Nambwa community camp ( must see). Please phone Kennedy - 0813152681 for reservation. You need to get the permit at the offices on the right side of the road from Divundu (Mahangu) and then go to the left side of the road to Nambwa. Alternatively you must at least stay a day longer at Namushasha and take a day long game drive to the park. Enjoy.

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    Here is our updated itinerary. I couldn't have done this without the feedback I received from forum members. We have July 23rd- July 31st open (we return truck Aug 1st in Johannesburg). I have tried booking Ihaha, 3rd Bridge, Savuti, etc sites but they are all full (or have dates where timing won't work). We will check when we arrive in Kasane about cancellations and see if we get lucky. If we cannot get into Chobe and Moremi what are some suggestions? We are not experienced with this terrain so we are not totally confident heading into Nxai Pans. Also, thoughts on itinerary, campsites, travel times, etc?

    I realize we rushed through Central and South Namibia but that is due to dates we had in Etosha- ah, the decisions we must make

    Thanks all, Tom

    Day 1-6/28pick up truck from Johannesburg. drive from Jbrug to Witsand
    if can't make it to Witsand stop at Red Sands Country Lodge (camping) Kuruman

    Day 2- 6/29cross Namibia border at Ariamsvlei
    Staying at Canon Roadhouse
    Is this too far to drive (Kuruman to Fish River with a border crossing?)

    Day 3-6/30in AM go to Fish River Canyon and maybe to Ai-Ais hot springs
    Drive to Ranch Koimasis

    Day 4- 7/1-stop off at Namib Rand Nature Reserve
    - Continue on toAgama River Camp

    Day 5- 7/2-check out Namib Naukluft park
    - staying at Agama River Camp

    Day 6- 7/3- drive from Agama River Camp to Swakompmund
    - booked Alte Brucke

    Day 7- 7/4 stop somewhere between Swakompmund and Etosha (probably try to get closer to Etosha so we can enter park earlier in AM)
    -recommendations on place to stop?

    Day 8- 7/5 Okaukuejo camp

    Day 9- 7/6 Halali camp

    Day 10- 7/7 Halali camp

    Day 11 - 7/8 Onguma Bushcamp

    Day 12- 7/9 Onguma Bushcamp

    Day 13- 7/10 Nunda Safaris and Lodge

    Day 14- 7/11 Nunda Safaris and Lodge

    Day 15- 7/12- Nunda Safaris and Lodge

    Day 16- 7/13- Nambwa Camp

    Day 17- 7/14- Nambwa Camp

    Day 18- 7/15- Nambwa Camp

    Day 19- 7/16- Camp Kwando

    Day 20- 7/17- Camp Kwando

    Day 21- 7/17- Caprivi Houseboat Safari

    Day 22- 7/18- Caprivi Houseboat Safari

    Day 23- 7/19- Senyati Camp

    Day 24- 7/20- Senyati Camp- day trip to Vic Falls

    Day 25- 7/21- Senyati Camp- rafting Zambezi

    Day 26- 7/22- Senyati Camp- river cruise into Chobe?

    7/23-7/31- open

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    Hi Tom.

    From Swakop to Etosha it's roughly about 520km. Leave Swakop early, say about 5, and you really appreciate the sunrise en-route. Arrive in Karibib approximately at 7, then you should be in Etosha around 11 to 12.

    Try doing Vic Falls and rafting in one day. Do a Chobe game drive and a boat cruise. Different perspectives. From the 23rd you can then aim for Moremi or the like.

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