go! Botswana - - Eds’ Letter -


To­day you re­turn to Botswana via the Ngoma bor­der post, with views of baob­abs and the Chobe flood­plain where ele­phants of­ten graze. Drive through Chobe Na­tional Park to Kasane, your base for the next three nights.

See page 77 for places to stay.

DAY 10 Vic­to­ria Falls, Zim­babwe

Never seen Vic Falls? Now’s your chance. You can drive there your­self, but it can cost up to R800 to cross the bor­der with your ve­hi­cle. Rather leave your car in Kasane and go with one of the tour op­er­a­tors in town. Some­one else will do the driv­ing and the bor­der cross­ing will be eas­ier.

It only makes sense to drive your­self if you want to spend more time at the wa­ter­fall and sur­rounds. Turn to page 92 for more info about Vic Falls and Liv­ing­stone on the other side of the wa­ter­fall in Zambia (page 102).

DAY 11 Chobe

To­day is your big Chobe day. En­ter the park at sun­rise (in your own ve­hi­cle or on a guided game drive) and ex­plore the route along the river­front. When it starts to heat up and the an­i­mals are less ac­tive, re­turn to town for lunch. Af­ter a nap it’s time for one of the high­lights of your holiday: A sun­set cruise on the Chobe River. When you’re watch­ing an ele­phant from a few me­tres away you’ll sit back with a smile – this was so worth it!

DAY 12 Nata

From Kasane, drive south. You might see herds of ele­phants at the side of the road. Sua Pan, the eastern half of the Mak­gadik­gadi pan sys­tem, is near Nata. When there’s wa­ter, you’ll see hun­dreds of wa­ter­birds. When the pan is dry, it feels like Etosha. En­joy the open plains and the still­ness; to­mor­row is the long drive back home…


You can drive the Great North­ern Loop anti-clock­wise, start­ing at Nata. See go! #104 for a sim­i­lar 14- day travel plan in Botswana.

CLAS­SIC ROAD TRIP BIG WA­TERS. Reader Lourens Swanepoel (above left) catches tiger fish near Maun. Stay on a house­boat (above right) on the Oka­vango Pan­han­dle near Seronga.

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