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    Default First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    Hi all,

    In roughly 2 weeks SWAMBO and I, both from the Netherlands, are going on our first selfdrive trip through Namibia and Botswana.
    The longest part of our trip will be in Botswana so I thought this would be the best forum section for this topic.
    I'm planning on doing a full trip report once we get back.

    Being both avid nature photographers our trip will be mainly dedicated in capturing all the beautyful wildlife (and landscapes) both countries have to offer.

    Once we've landed in Windhoek we can pick up our Hilux to start our adventure.

    We'll stay in the following places;

    Windhoek; 1 night

    Etosha; 3 days;
    -Okaukuejo
    -Halali
    -Ungoma

    Rundu; 1 day;
    -Kaisosi river lodge

    Caprivi; 2 days;
    -Ngepi camp

    Chobe forest; 3 days;
    -Senyatti (with a trip to Vic falls)

    Makgadikgadi; 2 days;
    -Gweta lodge

    Moremi; 3 days;
    -Khwai safari grounds

    Okavango Delta; 2 days
    -Crocodile camp

    Ghanzi; 1 day;
    -Thakuda bush camp

    Then back to Windhoek for one more day before our flight back home.

    Even though we did quite some research already, any tips or advice whatsoever is extremely welcome!

    A question that already comes to mind:
    I noticed that when we drive from Senyati to Gweta, we will pass Nata.
    Since we both love birds:
    Is it doable and worth it to make a short trip towards the Bird Sanctuary?

    Thanks in advance and best regards,
    Robert
    Last edited by tweelux; 2021/10/06 at 08:13 PM. Reason: Update location from Luca

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    Default Re: First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    Hi Robert

    I've done the Nata to the Nata Bird Sanctuary trip three times, the last time in 2018. I am of the view that if you are in the vicinity, you should pop in. In the early 2000's we got in for free, the last time it was a fairly expensive 300 pula per person. You should at least drive to the edge of the pan. Due to flooding and or changes in the course of the Nata river it is not always possible to get to the spot where the river flows into the pan. You might see pelican, flamingo and spoonbills.

    Don't go over the weekend as it becomes a picnic and loud music party venue for the Nata locals.

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    Default Re: First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    Nata Bird sanctuary is worthwhile even if it is only the view of the pan.

    Btw, Senyati is situated next to the Chobe Forest and not the Chobe river front. Great camp though. They have a great waterhole for the Ellies with an underground "bunker" which takes you right up to the "action".
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    Default Re: First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    Gweta to Khwai Safari Grounds is going to be a long drive, considering the stop in Maun for groceries, fueling and all sorts.
    Have you received a confirmed booking from Thakadu in Ghanzi? Just wanted to confirm it’s operating. Been a while been there…

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    Default Re: First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    I agree with the views posted - worth a visit, and it doesn't take long to get to the edge of the pan.

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    Default Re: First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    Quote Originally Posted by Merwe Erasmus View Post
    Hi Robert

    I've done the Nata to the Nata Bird Sanctuary trip three times, the last time in 2018. I am of the view that if you are in the vicinity, you should pop in. In the early 2000's we got in for free, the last time it was a fairly expensive 300 pula per person. You should at least drive to the edge of the pan. Due to flooding and or changes in the course of the Nata river it is not always possible to get to the spot where the river flows into the pan. You might see pelican, flamingo and spoonbills.

    Don't go over the weekend as it becomes a picnic and loud music party venue for the Nata locals.
    Sounds good and thanks for the advice, if we go there it will be during the week.

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    Default Re: First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    Nata Bird sanctuary is worthwhile even if it is only the view of the pan.

    Btw, Senyati is situated next to the Chobe Forest and not the Chobe river front. Great camp though. They have a great waterhole for the Ellies with an underground "bunker" which takes you right up to the "action".
    Dankie Luka. Yeah we noticed the ´bunker´ on Senyati´s website, looks awesome and it´s a pretty safe way to get the low angle shots of an Ellie.

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    Default Re: First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    Quote Originally Posted by PAT n WOLF View Post
    Gweta to Khwai Safari Grounds is going to be a long drive, considering the stop in Maun for groceries, fueling and all sorts.
    Have you received a confirmed booking from Thakadu in Ghanzi? Just wanted to confirm it’s operating. Been a while been there…
    Hi Pat, yes we have a confirmed booking from Thakadu. And thanks for the advice, the plan is indeed to fill up in Maun.
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    Default Re: First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    Quote Originally Posted by alannymarce View Post
    I agree with the views posted - worth a visit, and it doesn't take long to get to the edge of the pan.
    much appreciated!

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