Self Drive Safaris

For those contemplating the ultimate African epic, a self drive safari often combines the Okavango Delta with other destinations within the region. The delta itself does not lend itself to exploration by vehicle, but the Moremi Game Reserve provides access and the opportunity to conduct both boat and mokoro excursions.

The remote and aquatic nature of the Okavango Delta means self drive safaris can be challenging but hugely rewarding and an excellent way for intrepid and independent travellers to see the delta. Camping is available within the Moremi Game Reserve as well as some of the surrounding concessions such as the Khwai Community Concession where visitors can also experience gliding along the waterways in a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe).  For self-drivers looking for a classic Okavango Delta boating safari excursions deeper into the Delta are available from Mboma Boat station in the Moremi.

It must be noted that the Okavango Delta is logistically challenging and safaris need to be well planned in advance and it is advisable to contact a specialist local tour operator and take basic safety measures. You must have a good reliable 4×4 with at least one spare tyre. You will need plenty of supplies, fuel, a good map and means of communication. Always ensure that someone knows where you plan to go and that you take some means of communications. It is sensible to travel with two vehicles.

A number of local operators provide well kitted out 4×4 vehicles for hire as well as support services such as campsite bookings and directions. Travel Adventures Botswana in Maun is particularly recommended.

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