This is a simply stunning country. Its deserts, pans and deltas are some of the last great, untouched wildernesses in Southern Africa and are home to a wonderful array of game. Self drive Botswana safaris offer so much to see. You could head off to see Botswana’s excellent National Parks, drive into the incredible Central Kalahari Desert or go and explore the riches of the Okavango Delta.

The National Parks in Botswana are extremely protected. They have only allowed a small number of lodges, tented camps, and campsites to be built so there is no impact on the natural environment. Though we praise them for taking this stance, it does mean that there is a huge amount of demand for a small number of properties, so you need to book early to get your first choice properties – we advise a year in advance if possible.

Botswana and Safari Drive

We opened our base in Maun in 1993 and our Botswana operations have since gone from strength to strength. Our team on the ground will welcome you on arrival in Botswana and brief you on your 4WD and all aspects of your planned Safari Drive journey. They are there if there are any problems during your trip and have an excellent back-up network allowing you to go off and explore in the knowledge that help is at hand should you need it.

Safari Drive was the first company to offer fully inclusive 4×4 self drive safaris in Botswana and our long term experience and familiarity with this country means that we can provide the most comprehensive, exciting and fulfilling safaris. Parts of Botswana are totally wild and its dangers must be respected. At Safari Drive we leave nothing to chance so you can have a great holiday minus the risks that the uninformed have experienced.

Botswana video

Watch a short film made by Richard and Geri Davies on their self drive journey through Botswana. Rich and Geri collected a vehicle in Livingstone Zambia and drove it south through Botswana taking in Chobe National Park, Savuti and Moremi. They then had a couple of days camping at Nxai Pan before dropping the vehicle off in Maun and flying into the Okovango Delta.  


Here is a list of just some of our favourite places to visit in Botswana. They are all places that we would recommend for a self drive safari. This is not a comprehensive list and if there are other places you are keen to visit and would like further information please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.







ROAD CONDITIONS Lots of sand, slow going. Tar roads are good but look out for cattle crossing. 

CAMPSITES Lovely campsites in remote areas. Generally unfenced with ok facilities.

LODGES & HOTELS Very good but they come with a price tag. 

ROUTE FINDING Requires good map reading in parts. Bad sign posting in parts. 


Our expert team are on hand to answer any questions you have about all of our safaris. Simply fill in the form below and one of our team will be in contact.

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