DAY 4

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and turn north. This tar road has a few pot­holes and bad stretches. It runs par­al­lel to the Oka­vango Pan­han­dle, giv­ing you ac­cess to the river at vil­lages like Sepupa and Shakawe. Once you’re on the river­bank you can re­lax and start en­joy­ing your holiday. Spend at least two days here if you can.

See page 60 for places to stay.

Oka­vango Pan­han­dle & Tsodilo Hills

Drive to Tsodilo Hills. It’s a World Her­itage Site and has some of the most unique rock art in south­ern Africa. Go on a guided tour, on a route that suits the fit­ness and in­ter­est level of your group.

Or stay at your camp and catch tiger fish.

See page 60 for more about Tsodilo Hills.

DAY 5 Oka­vango River, Namibia

Cross into Namibia at the quiet Mo­hembo bor­der post. There’s a 20 km sec­tion of dirt road on the Namib­ian side of the bor­der be­fore you hit tar again. Don’t worry – the dirt is in good con­di­tion.

The Zam­bezi Re­gion is your se­cret weapon on the Great North­ern Loop. Pre­vi­ously known as the Caprivi Strip, it of­fers fan­tas­tic value-for-money ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­cess to game-rich parks that are more af­ford­able than their Botswana coun­ter­parts. Ex­pe­ri­ences you might think of as unique to Botswana, like mokoro rides, tiger­fish­ing and river cruises to see game, can also be done here at a fairer rate.

See page 84 for places to stay.

DAY 6 Oka­vango River, Namibia

Two days next to the Oka­vango is the min­i­mum re­quire­ment. Visit Ma­hango Game Re­serve, go

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