Eva and William
As a father and daughter, we left 3 weeks cut off from the rest of the world in Botswana. After a trip to South Africa three years ago, Botswana was the next logical step.
It was the first time we drove a 4×4 vehicle and Vincent and Julie helped us a lot.
Before our trip, they assisted us to prepare step by step the trip we wanted. We had a fairly varied route. We landed in Johannesburg to reach the border of Botswana. Then we went to Khama Rhino Sanctuary and spent a night on Kubu Island. We joined the Cenral Kalahari reserve for four nights. This park is completely wild, we did not meet anybody, except animals including many lions! It was a very specific scenery, without water, nothing, just the two of us living on our reserves! The camps were very basic (dry toilets , shower to fill with a bucket of water) but that’s what we like! Living as simple as possible …
After that, we went to Makgadikagi and Nxai Pan, then to Maun where we observed the Okavango Delta from the air, to Moremi Park and Chobe Park. To end this trip, we did a day without animals at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe from Kasane, beautiful!
During our trip, Vincent and Julie were available at any time, for our questions but also to find help when we got stuck in the deep sand of Savuti (which was totally our fault!). Self-driving without getting dirty, it’s not funny ;-)) … They were great and allowed us to have the perfect self-drive trip we could imagine. This trip will remain forever in our memories and we can not wait to return!
Overall, we were rather lucky as we saw three leopards, seven times lions, a serval, thousands of zebras and wildebeest in the Boteti River, and all the other animals hundreds of times … What memories …
Camping was also an unforgettable experience, even if sleeping with our cap and our socks do not miss us! On the other siade, we totally miss the meat over a wood fire and the sounds of nature! We also had unusual visits: a hyena for dinner, an elephant who helps us set up our tent, lions crossing our campsite in the early morning, elephants who eat the tree above our tent when we slept … Not to mention the hundreds of animal noises during the night at North Gate, exceptional!
Vincent and Julie are very committed and dedicated, we recommend them 100%, they show an unconventional professionalism. Self-driving is an exceptional adventure and we felt reassured thanks to Tawana. Don’t wait anymore, go for it!